About Us

Vida Vegan is a vegan media and lifestyle community, bringing together creative and enthusiastic individuals of all sorts, including content creators, bloggers, social media users, activists, event planners, video hosts, authors, business owners and more.

Our best-known event, Vida Vegan Con, is an action-packed weekend-long gathering in which we educate, explore, and inspire one another, through classes, presentations, workshops, and networking in a professional conference setting. Tickets for our third conference, to be held May 29-31, 2015 in what’s  being recognized as the new vegan IT city of Austin, TX are now available.

By becoming better communicators, online, in print, on the screen, and in person, we can better spread the vegan lifestyle—it’s good for the earth, good for the people, and good for the animals.


Who’s behind Vida Vegan Headquarters, anyhow?

Event Directors & Co-Founders

Janessa Philemon-Kerp, a lifelong vegetarian who grew up eating nutritional yeast and alfalfa sprouts, is the blogger behind Epicurious Vegan. In addition to planning Vida Vegan Con, she keeps busy  with reading, drinking champagne cocktails, adventuring, bike riding, taking photos, and trying to practice restraint in buying in international plane tickets. She loves kale and cookies equally.  @janessapk

Michele Truty is the author of Vegtastic Voyage (and a bunch of stuff securely locked away on flash drives and not-so-securely stuffed into notebooks). She’s been vegan for about 8 years, after a long journey since her last hotdog at age 11. A Chicago native, Michele’s been moving around the country (New York, L. A., and now Portland) with her vegan pal Tom. When she’s not getting in trouble with companies for being too honest, she’s reading, editing, listening to records, or just trying to leave the world a little nicer than she found it. @vegtasticvoyage 

Jess Sconé is a native New Yorker with a near forgotten accent, red roots and now ten years behind her in the vegan wonderland of Portland, OR. Jess has been writing Get Sconed! about her everyday culinary adventures since 2005. She spends her free time talking to cats, baking cookies for J. Legume, longing for snowflakes, working on Vegan Iron Chef, reading post-apocalyptic fiction, obsessively visiting farmers markets and working as the Event Director at Hatch Innovation and Hatch Oregon. Jess decided to stop eating animals when she was 10. You can find Jess on Twitter @getsconed and @jdfunks on Instagram.


Email: VidaVeganConference AT gmail.com
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7 thoughts on “About Us

    […] year (I know it’s  February already) than writing about why I want to go to this great event Vegan Lifestyle Blogger Conference. This event is exactly what a wanted. I want to be part of an event that has all my interests […]

    Edie said:
    May 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I have been working on opening a professional vegan culinary school in Portland. I just found you on FB and would very much like to attend your conference but it seems to be sold out. Is there anyway I can attend even if it’s partially?
    Thank you for your consideration.

      jess sconé responded:
      May 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Hi Edie,

      There may be some folks looking to transfer a ticket on the facebook page, I’m not certain – I hope you can join us and we’d love to hear more about your plans as they unfold! There are certainly tickets remaining for our Galarama & Silent Auction in NW Portland on Saturday night, hope you can make that.

      Details here: http://galarama.org/

    2013 VVC Swag | Freeheel Vegan said:
    May 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

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    […] but didn’t get a chance to talk with them or get photos. Didn’t even get a photo with VVC organizers Jess, Janessa, and Michele (boo). As much fun as it was (and it WAS)… boy, it was good to get home. Seeing the girls […]

    THANK YOU #VVC2013! | Vida Vegan Headquarters said:
    May 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

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