Vida Vegan Con 2015 Agenda

Vida Vegan Con Takes Texas

Register for Vida Vegan Con III   May 29-31, 2015   Austin, TX  SOLD OUT!

Grab your 1-day ticket to Friday’s Vegan Bazaar   May 29, 2015   Austin, TX 

The more you know: There are two official venues for 2015: The Marchesa Hall & Theatre and AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. More info here.

The schedule below includes our 2015 classes, Vegan Bazaar details, and the unofficial Meet & Greet. All of our 25+ speakers are offering a class that is entirely unique to Vida Vegan Con. Of course, as is the way of life, everything’s subject to change. Please stay tuned to our blog and newsletter for any classes that may require advance signup. 

Come meet our speakers & get ready for one heck of a fantastic vegan weekend!


3:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Unofficial Meet & Greet @ Buzzmill Coffee In town early? Come to the unofficial yet pretty much official Vida Vegan Con Meet & Greet and get to know fellow attendees over coffee, beer, and goodies from Golden Spike Rail Cart and BuzzMill, who will both be offering VVC specials for the weekend. RSVP on facebook this way.

FRIDAY, MAY 29 @ The Marchesa Hall & Theatre

noon – 1:00 pm   Exclusive Vida Vegan Con Attendee + Speaker first hour, Conference Registration
All registered Vida Vegan Con attendees and speakers are invited to an exclusive first hour of our new Vegan Bazaar. You receive early access to meet all our vendors—and check out the Earth Balance photobooth, VVC Media Lounge, and special treats, no doubt.

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Vegan Bazaar Open to the Public

Welcome to opening day of Vida Vegan Con III + our debut Vegan Bazaar! Expect vendors, samples, food trucks, cocktails, live demos, games, heaps of vegan food, surprises, and a dose of the lively, contemporary panels you’ve come to expect from Vida Vegan Con. Tickets are available to the public here.

What’s in store at the Vegan Bazaar:

Welcome Talk, Gene Baur
DIY Kombucha & Homebrewing Demo, Bianca Phillips
Closing TalkTerry Hope Romero
Vegan Family & Parenting Panel Joanna Vaught, moderator, Monique Koch, Sayward Rebhal, Brian “Sexy Vegan” Patton
Decadent Dessert Demo Fran “Queen of Vegan Desserts” Costigan
“How We Made Austin Awesome,” aka Austin Community Panel Stephanie “Lazy Smurf” Bogdanich, moderator, Jessica Morris, Kristen Davenport, Molly Frisinger, Chris Rios


SATURDAY, MAY 30 @ AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center

⭐ 8:00 am – 9:30 am ⭐ 

Salon C/Ballroom: Conference Registration, SWAG Bag of Wonder Pick-Up, Breakfast Taco + Artisan Toast Buffet, Welcome & Icebreakers 

⭐ 9:45 am – 10:45 am 

Salon A/B: The Paths to a Mindful Life, Gene Baur
Salon D/E: Blogging Etiquette & Social Media Essentials, Jackie Sobon
Room 301: Science Is Awesome! Why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism, Matt Ruscigno

⭐ 10:55 am – 11:50 am 

Salon A/B: Feminism & Veganism Panel, Julia DeNoto, mod, Nicole J. Georges, Jojo Huxster, special guest Anika Lehde
Salon D/E: Post-Processing for Food Photography, or How to Fix Almost Anything with Software, Susan Voisin
Salon C/Ballroom: Zine Making Workshop, Amey Mathews {Class signup is here} ~continues through break into the next period~ 
Room 301: Demo’ing the Demo 2.0, Fran Costigan

⭐ 11:50 am – 12:10 pm 


⭐ 12:10 pm – 1:15 pm 

Salon A/B: Facing Failing Health as a Vegan, Sayward Rebhal
Salon D/E: So, You Want to Write a Cookbook?, Joni Marie Newman
Salon C/Ballroom: Zine Making Workshop, Amey Mathews ~continued~
Room 301: Make Your Blog Your Full-Time Career, Whitney Lauritsen

⭐ 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm 

Salon C/Ballroom: Vegans ❤ Bowls Lunch Buffet

⭐ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

Salon A/B: Let’s Talk Marketing, Colleen Holland, mod, Jill Pyle, Whitney Lauritsen & Joshua May
Salon D/E: Food Styling Workshop, Hannah Kaminsky
Room 301: Preventing Ex-Vegans, Ginny Messina, R.D.

⭐ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm ⭐

(Breakouts encouraged)

⭐ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ⭐
Salon A/B: Branding for Bloggers & BeyondMichelle Lee
Salon D/E: Touring Your Book or ProjectNicole J. Georges
Room 301: Can We All Just Get Along? Finding Common Ground in Different Forms of Activism: A Discussion, led by Christy Morgan



SUNDAY, MAY 31 @ AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center

⭐ 8:30 am – 9:30 am ⭐

Salon C/Ballroom: Conference Registration, Breakfast Taco + Artisan Toast Buffet, Icebreakers

⭐ 9:30 am – 10:15 am ⭐

Salon A/B: Exploits of a Veganpreneur: Experiences & Lessons Learned Through Growing Multiple Vegan BusinessesMiyoko Schinner
Salon D/E: Stop Breaking the Law, A$&h#*!, Randi Milgram
Room 301: Avenues to a Vegan Health Care Career, Gena Hamshaw

⭐ 10:25 am – 11:25 am ⭐

Salon A/B:  Beyond Protein: Vegan Athletes Panel, Terry Hope Romero, mod, Christy Morgan, Matt Ruscigno, Lacy J. Davis
Salon D/E: From Vegan Blogger to Internet Entrepreneur, Jill Pyle Interested in attending this class? Please fill out this quick survey to help Jill customize this class for ya. 
Room 301: Honesty in Your Online Presence, Monique Koch

⭐ 11:25 am – 11:45 am ⭐


⭐ 11:45 am –12:30 pm ⭐

Salon A/B: Entrepreneurialism 201: Consistency, Tips & Tricks on How to Keep Your Brand Alive After the Big Idea, Ayindé Howell
Salon D/E: Tweet Like You Give a Damn: Social Media and Why You’re Doing It Wrong (IMHO), Brian Patton
Room 301: Breathe New Life into your Writing, Grant Butler

⭐ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ⭐

Salon C/Ballroom: Vegans ❤ Tacos Lunch Buffet

⭐ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ⭐

Salon A/B: New Vegan Economy Panel, Jess Sconato, mod, Ayindé Howell, Miyoko Schinner, special guest Chris Rios
Salon D/E: On-Location Photography, Hannah Kaminsky
Salon C/Ballroom: Vegan Book ClubBreakout 
Room 301: So Where’s the App for That?, Joshua May

⭐ 2:40 pm – 3:40 pm ⭐

Salon A/B:  Veganism, Body Image, Self Esteem, Eating Disorder Recovery, and How Blogging & Reading Blogs can Influence All of the Above, Lacy J. Davis 
Salon D/E: How to Create Kick-Ass Vegan Videos on YouTube Workshop, Whitney Lauritsen Contemplating this workshop? Help Whitney tailor it to your needs with this survey.
Room 301: From Zines to Mainstream Publishing, an Artist Talk, Nicole J. Georges 

⭐ 3:40 pm – 4:00 pm ⭐


⭐ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm ⭐

Salon A/B:  Kickstart your Vegan Food Dream, Terry Hope Romero
Salon D/E: Ethics of Vegan Dining & Boozing, Bianca Phillips
Room 301: Adventures in Vegan Travel Blogging, Jojo Huxster

⭐ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm ⭐

Salon C/Ballroom: Closing Talk, Farewells & Thank You From Vida Vegan Con Founders 


More Good Stuff:

Red Hot Vegans’ Vida Vegan Con Scavenger Hunt Full Weekend Registration Vegan Bazaar Tickets 

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities 

Rotating Vida Vegan Con 2015 Speaker Gallery:

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Grab your 1-day ticket to Friday’s Vegan Bazaar   May 29, 2015   Austin, TX 

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