Program

AR2019 Program Schedule

Below you will find the schedule for the Animal Rights 2019 National Conference. This year, in addition to our normal panel sessions, we have these additional sessions:

[Workshop] - Interactive presentations in which attendees will learn "hands-on"
[Discussion] - Presentations in which the panel is discussing the topic and answering questions from a moderator
[Group] - Attendees discuss the topic among themselves, will be led by a moderator(s) to help facilitate and stay on topic
[Film with Q&A]  - Film screening followed by Q&A where you can ask the filmmakers or those involved questions

Thursday, July 25th

Thursday,  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pre-Conference (View the schedule here)
Thursday,  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Registration Opens (Register Here!)

Main Level Foyer
Thursday,  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Welcome Reception with Snacks from HipCityVeg

Main Level Foyer
Thursday,  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner (Vegan dinner can be purchased through the hotel, menus coming soon)

Terrace
Thursday,  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome Plenary

Opening Ceremony with Welcome from our Program Committee and Gold Sponsors

What is Animal Rights? - Mark Hawthorne

The Animals I Have Met - Sharon Nunez

Plaza A/B
Thursday,  8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Networking Break - Snacks will be available in the back of the plenary room.

Plaza A/B
Thursday,  8:45 pm - 9:15 pm

Evening Plenary - Animals & The Environment

Global Engagement for Animals -- and the Earth - Mia MacDonald

Intro of film - Jane Velez Mitchell & Sailesh Rao

Screening of "Countdown to Year Zero"

Q&A

Plaza A/B

Friday, July 26th

Friday,  7:30 am - 8:15 am

Morning Yoga in Plaza C
Morning Meditation in Birch
Morning Fitness meet at Fitness Center

Exercise
Friday,  8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Snacks

Terrace
Friday,  8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Registration Opens (Register Here!)

Main Level Foyer
Friday,  9:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning Plenary - How To Treat Others and Yourself

Conference & Attendee Announcements

Vegan Communication - Melanie Joy

Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy- Ndem Nkem

Vystopia and the Power of Intention- Clare Mann

Treat Me Like an Animal- Indra Lahiri

Plaza A/B
Friday,  10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Exhibits Open in Upper Foyer, Magnolia, and Lower Ballroom Foyer.
Friday,  10:45 am - 11:45 am

Get Inspired for Animals (for newcomers)

  • Earthling Ed
  • Genesis Butler
  • Victoria Moran

Empowering personal stories from impactful activists with Genesis Butler of Genesis for Animals, Victoria Moran of Main Street Vegan, and Earthling Ed of Surge. Moderated by Veda Stram.

Beech

Strategic Communications for Vegan Activists

Presented by VegFund

Arbors

Driving Institutional and Corporate Change

  • Alan Darer
  • Kelly Myers

Learn how to engage corporations and educate the public about the plight of animals and how to improve conditions and practices with Alan Darer of Mercy For Animals and Kelly Myers of The Humane League. Moderated by Joanna Grossman.

Aspen

Important Lessons from Abroad

  • Sebastian Joy
  • Juliana Castaneda Turner
  • Pei Su

Important activist lessons from Asia, Europe and the UK with Pei Su of ACTAsia, Juliana Castaneda Turner of Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary, and Sebastian Joy of ProVeg International. Moderated by Michael Webermann.

Juniper

Utilizing Photos and Video

  • Jo-Anne McArthur
  • Nora Constance Marino
  • Jane Velez-Mitchell

How photography and film publicize the plight of animals with Nora Constance Marino of Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund, Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals Media, and Jane Velez-Mitchell, JaneUnChained News Network. Moderated by Eric Lindstrom.

Plaza C

10:45 - 11:05
[Film] Cows Come Home
11:15 - 11:45
[Films] Behind the Scenes of the Global Skins Trade

  • Cows Come Home - Daniel Tubert
Screening of Cows Come Home by Director Daniel Tubert followed by a look at groundbreaking new PETA investigations into the darkest corners of the skins trade, and how we’re winning

Plaza A/B - Films
Friday,  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

[Group] Getting To Know One Another (for newcomers)

  • Aashish Bhimani

Beech

[Workshop] Social Media: Getting Started & Useful Practices

  • Ally Hinton
  • Eric Lindstrom
  • Marla Rose

Hands-on demos for creating memes & other social media content with Eric Lindstrom of Compassion Over Killing, Marla Rose of Vegan Street, and Ally Hinton of FARM.

Arbors

Vegan Businesses to Create Change

  • Jill Carnegie
  • Seth Tibbott

Vegan entrepreneurs share their stories of motivation and success with Jill Carnegie of NUMU Vegan and Seth Tibbott of Tofurky. Moderated by Shawna Weaver.

Aspen

Liberating the Language of Farmed Animal Abuse

  • Karen Davis

Karen Davis explains how we liberate farmed animals from degrading characterizations and affirm their dignity through the words we choose.

Juniper

When Helping Hurts: Activist Burnout and Self-Care

  • Callie Coker
  • Nichole Dinato
  • Mark Hawthorne

The dangers of compassion fatigue, how it relates to burnout, and practical and effective suggestions for self-care with Callie Coker and Nichole Dinato of Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack, and animal advocate & author Mark Hawthorne. Moderated by Andrea Shaye.

Plaza C

[Film with Q&A]
Gold Doesn't Rust

  • Theodora Capaldo
  • Kelly Guerin

Film screening of Gold Doesn't Rust: Animal Testing and its Twenty First Century Alternatives followed by Q&A with Director Kelly Guerin and Dr. Theodora Capaldo.

Plaza A/B - Films
Friday,  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Break for Lunch (can be purchased through the hotel, menus coming soon)

Terrace
Friday,  1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Animal Equality Gold Sponsor Session

Legislative Change through Investigations - Jalisco Without Cruelty

Arbors
Friday,  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Abuse of Animals for Science

  • Karen Budkie
  • Stacy Ellison

Abuse of animals in education, product testing, and drug research with Karen Budkie and Stacy Ellison of SAEN. Moderated by Thyra Rutter.

Beech

Organizational Transparency

  • Krista Hiddema
  • Kimberly Roemer

Why every non-profit is encouraged to function within a glass house.

Arbors

Legal Status of Animals

  • Chris Berry
  • Daniel Waltz

Recent groundbreaking lawsuits challenging the legal status of animals with Chris Berry and Daniel Waltz of The Animal Legal Defense Fund. Moderated by Ashley Zebro.

Aspen

Organizing on the Grassroots Level

  • Anita Krajnc
  • Amy Meyer

How to take action for animals within your own community with Anita Krajnc of The Save Moment and Amy Meyer of New England Anti-Vivisection Society. Moderated by Anne Dinshah.

Juniper

Queering Animal Liberation

  • pattrice jones
  • Mara Keisling

Drawing lessons, building bridges, advocating for animals in LGTBQ+ communities with pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary and Mara Keisling of National Center for Transgender Equality. Moderated by pattrice jones.

Plaza C

Getting Your Film Out There

  • Allison Argo

Films have the power to raise awareness and instill compassion for all beings. Learn more from Allison Argo of internationally and Emmy-award winning ArgoFilms.

Plaza A/B - Films
Friday,  3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Abuse of Animals in the Wild

  • Shirley McGreal
  • Patricia Welty

Hunting, poaching, habitat destruction, and more with Shirley McGreal of International Primate Protection League and Patricia Welty of A Vegan Life. Moderated by Michael Webermann.

Beech

Community Building in Animal Advocacy

  • Michelle Carrera
  • Brenda Sanders
  • Naijha Wright-Brown

The benefits of engaging in local community-based vegan activism with Michelle Carrera of Chilis on Wheels, Brenda Sanders of Afro-Vegan Society, and Naijha Wright-Brown of Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland. Moderated by Thyra Rutter.

Arbors

Animal Friendly Finances

  • Joshua Levine
  • Brenda Morris

How to put your money toward cruelty-free investing with Joshua Levine of RBC Wealth Management, Brenda Morris of Humane Investing, LLC. Moderated by Andrea Shaye.

Aspen

Cultivating Compassion with Humane Education

  • Anna Boarini
  • Sarah Thornton

Education aimed at inspiring and encouraging compassion and respect for people, animals and the planet, creating systemic changes in agriculture, diet, and effective animal advocacy with Anna Boarini of VINE Sanctuary and Sarah Thornton of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. Moderated by Katie Cantrell.

Juniper

Utilizing Social Media to Help Animals

  • John Oberg
  • Daniel McKernan

Ways animal rights activists can utilize social media to maximize the good that they can do for animals on digital platforms with John Oberg, Social Media Consultant, and Daniel McKernan of Barn Sanctuary. Moderated by Erika Galera.

Plaza C

[Film with Q&A] Long Gone Wild

  • William Neal
  • Naomi Rose

Film screening of Long Gone Wild followed by Q&A with William Neal and Naomi Rose.

Plaza A/B - Films
Friday,  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abuse of Aquatic Animals

  • Laura Cascada
  • Mary Finelli

Aquatic animals are horrifically exploited and in the greatest numbers, but too often ignored in vegan discussions and education. Hope Bohanec of United Poultry Concerns draws on the latest science showing us who fish really are, and Mary Finelli of Fish Feel explains how we can help protect them. Moderated by Anne Dinshah.

Beech

Teen Activism: Let the Youth Lead

  • Melissa Patterson
  • Cami Hoffman
  • Sophia Hamblen

Discover how young activists, given support and resources, can create, plan and implement individualized plant-based advocacy projects within their own communities with Melissa Patterson, Cami Hoffman, and Sophia Hamblen of The Raven Corps. Moderated by Jessica Carlson.

Arbors

Building Partnerships

  • Aashish Bhimani
  • Victor Flores
  • Taylor Radig

How to build partnerships to increase vegan options with Aashish Bhimani, Animal Rights Activist, and Victor Flores and Taylor Radig of Vegan Outreach. Moderated by Joanna Grossman.

Aspen

How to Win Arguments Against Experiments on Animals

  • Michael Budkie
  • Alka Chandna

*They* say we need it to cure disease, the animals are taken care of, and painkillers are used. What do *you* say? with Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! and Alka Chandra of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Moderated by Ashley Zebro.

Juniper

[Workshop] Building an Equitable Movement

  • Aryenish Birdie
  • Michelle Rojas

Look at how racism manifests--ideologically, institutionally, interpersonally--and how it affects our ability to advocate effectively for animals with Aryenish Birdie and Michelle Rojas of Encompass.

Plaza C

Continued: [Film with Q&A] Long Gone Wild

  • William Neal
  • Naomi Rose

Plaza A/B - Films
Friday,  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dinner (Vegan dinner can be purchased through the hotel, menus coming soon)

Terrace
Friday,  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

First Evening Plenary - Accelerating the End of Animal Experimentation

Ending Animal Experiments: A GFI-Inspired Approach - Nathan Herschler

Destroying the Credibility of Vivisection - Michael Budkie

Ending Vivisection in Our Lifetime: We Can Do It, You Can Help- Kathy Guillermo


Second Evening Plenary - Making Connections: Animal Rights & Other Social Justice Movements


What AR can learn from the LGBTQ+ Movement- Mara Keisling

Fighting For Food Justice - lauren Ornelas

Examining the 'Animal' Outside of the Animal Rights Movement- Aph Ko

Plaza A/B
Friday,  9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Evening Networking Reception (hosted by VegFund)

Terrace

Saturday, July 27th

Saturday,  7:30 am - 8:15 am

Morning Yoga in Plaza C
Morning Meditation in Birch
Morning Fitness meet at Fitness Center

Exercise
Saturday,  8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Snacks

Terrace
Saturday,  8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Opens (Register Here!)

Main Level Foyer
Saturday,  9:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning Plenary - All Activism Doesn't Look The Same

Sanctuary Outreach- Kathy Stevens

Grassroots Activism- KR Vargas

Community Building- Naijha Wright-Brown

Institutional Change- Erica Meier

Youth Outreach- Genesis Butler

Plaza A/B
Saturday,  10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Exhibits Open in Upper Foyer, Magnolia, and Lower Ballroom Foyer.
Saturday,  10:45 am - 11:45 am

Abuse of Animals for Fashion

  • Kimberly Moore
  • Pei Su

Abuse of animals for leather, fur, feathers, and wool with Esq. Kimberly Moore of Fur Free Society, Inc. and Pei Su of ACTAsia. Moderated by Sammy Fries.

Beech

Empowering and Educating Children

  • Doomie Bey
  • Genesis Butler
  • Susan Hargreaves
  • Pei Su

Effective ways to inspire compassion in children with Doomie Bey of Redefine Your Mind, Genesis Butler of Genesis for Animals, Susan Hargreaves of Animal Hero Kids, and Pei Su of ACTAsia. Moderated by Michael Webermann.

Arbors

Ways To Influence Laws and Politics

  • Rachel Atcheson
  • Christopher Hendrickson
  • Clifton Roberts

Advocating through lobbying and ballot measures with Rachel Atcheson, Deputy Strategist to the Brooklyn Borough President, Christopher Hendrickson of The Humane League, and Clifton Roberts of The Humane Party. Moderated by Joanna Grossman.

Aspen

[Workshop] Companion Animal Rescue and TNR Introduction

  • Michael Cunningham
  • Tim Woodward

Experienced members of the Animal Rescue Corps field rescue and emergency sheltering team will prepare attendees to help domestic animals they encounter in need of assistance; as well as what to do if a larger situation of animal cruelty is suspected. Topics will include basic tips for safe animal handling, animal body language, and identifying a veterinary emergency. The principles and best practices of TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs for community cats will also be reviewed. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Juniper

Zoological Racism: Animals, Blackness, and Consumption

  • Aph Ko

Aph will examine how white supremacy is a consumptive, cannibalistic force where Black bodies and animal bodies are used as vehicles to fulfill the racialized power fantasies of the dominant class. Aph asks: What is the interplay between the ideological and economic consumption of Blackness (historically and contemporarily) and the conception of animals as consumable entities in American society? Moderated by Shawna Weaver.

Plaza C

Creating Healthy Workplace Policies

  • Michelle Rojas

A healthy workplace environment is good for the organization, improves productivity and reduces costs due to absenteeism, turnover, and so much more with Michelle Rojas of Encompass.

Walnut (Upper)
Saturday,  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Abuse of Land Animals for Food

  • Hope Bohanec
  • Karen Davis

Exploring recent undercover investigations as well as the 'humane hoax' of misleading labels and marketing perpetuating the lies of animal agribusiness, latest information regarding abuse of animals by the meat, dairy, and egg industries with Karen Davis and Hope Bohanec of United Poultry Concerns. Moderated by Sammy Fries.

Beech

[Workshop] Activism for Generation Z

  • The Raven Corps

Members of Generation Z are coming of age and ready to save the world; daunted by climate change, terrorism, and income inequality, rather than becoming apathetic they are mobilizing and ready to make positive change!

Arbors

Utilizing Tax Dollars to End Animal Testing

  • Justin Goodman
  • Michael Ryan

Harnessing public support to end animal testing and how you can help with Justin Goodman of White Coat Waste Project and Michael Ryan of New England Anti-Vivisection Society. Moderated by Shawna Weaver.

Aspen

How Veganism Is Growing in the UK & Europe

  • Earthling Ed
  • Matthew Glover
  • Sebastian Joy

Popular campaigns mainstreaming the vegan message with Matthew Glover of Veganuary, Sebastian Joy of ProVeg International and Earthling Ed of Surge. Moderated by Michael Webermann.

Juniper

[Discussion] Understanding the Food Justice Issues

  • lauren Ornelas
  • Brenda Sanders

Food justice issues that pose challenges to vegan advocacy with lauren Ornelas of Food Empowerment Project and Brenda Sanders of Afro-Vegan Society. Moderated by Dawn Moncrief.

Plaza C

Effective Nonprofit Communication

  • Darina Bockman
  • Pending

Walnut (Upper)
Saturday,  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Break for Lunch (can be purchased through the hotel, menus coming soon)

Terrace
Saturday,  1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Compassion Over Killing Gold Sponsor Session

Vegan Campaigns to Change Menus & Minds (with Vegan Pancake Bar)

Join Compassion Over Killing’s Senior Director of Campaigns and Outreach Laura Cascada for an engaging lunchtime session (and free vegan pancake bar) on the ins and outs of campaigning to move plants from the sidelines to the center of the plate on menus nationwide.

Learn about COK’s work to bring vegan options to millions at Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Pita Pit, and other major chains--and get involved in our newest campaign for vegan pancakes at IHOP, while enjoying these breakfast treats!

Arbors
Saturday,  1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

The Humane League Gold Sponsor Session

Learn how The Humane League builds and grows communities of Changemakers to take effective actions to end the abuse of animals raised for food

In this session you will learn about The Humane League's collaborative and inclusive community-building strategies as well as how to host action-oriented events. In addition, you will take part in real actions against companies that support animal abuse.

The goal of this session is to provide you with tools and information that will empower you to become a Changemaker in your community.

Plaza C
Saturday,  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Abuse of Animals for Entertainment

  • Edita Birnkrant
  • pattrice jones
  • Wren Steel

Abuse of animals for circuses, rodeos, zoos, aquariums, fighting and horse-drawn carriages with Edita Birnkrant of NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets), Wren Steel, Grassroots Activist, and pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary. Moderated by Andrea Shaye.

Beech

Centering Speciesism

  • Hanh Nguyen

How can we go about maintaining a consistent anti-speciesist approach to activism and envisioning a non-speciesist future? With Hanh Nguyen of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Moderated by Ashley Zebro.

Arbors

Knowing & Defending Your Rights

  • Maha Hilal
  • Cristina Stella
  • Sue Udry

Learn about ag gag laws & Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) with Maha Hilal of Justice for Muslims Collective, Cristina Stella of Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Sue Udry of Defending Rights & Dissent. Moderated by Michael Webermann.

Aspen

Enlivening Activism with the Arts

  • Johnny Braz
  • Lindsay Lewis

Juniper

Body & Health Shaming Fail Activists and Animals

  • Callie Coker
  • Nichole Dinato
  • Ginny Messina

Portraying a vegan diet as a promise of a perfect, slender, disease-free body sets veganism up to fail and is one factor that drives recidivism. Learn more with Callie Coker and Nicole Dinato of Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack, and Ginny Messina, Vegan Dietitian. Moderated by Jessica Carlson

Plaza C

Six Questions to Stop Sexual Harassment

  • Audrey Roofeh

We'll discuss the key items organizations must have and do to prevent harassment.

Walnut (Upper)
Saturday,  3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Abuse of Animal Companions

  • Roberto Bonelli
  • Natalie Reeves
  • Rebecca Woodruff

Issues facing homeless cats, dogs, rabbits and other domesticated animals with Roberto Bonelli of The Animals Battalion, Natalie Reeves of Big Apple Bunnies and Rebecca Woodruff of Best Friends Animal Society. Moderated by Anne Dinshah.

Beech

Indigenous Roots of Animal and Environmental Advocacy

  • Alyssa Perez
  • Gerardo Tristan
  • KR Vargas

Arbors

Sustainable Food Policies and Climate Crisis

  • Liberty Mulkani
  • Barbara Troyer
  • Chloe Waterman

Includes real-world policy examples and plant-based event planning tips with Liberty Mulkani of Animal Legal Defense Fund, Barbara Troyer of Animal Place’s Food for Thought Campaign, and Chloe Waterman of Friends of the Earth. Moderated by Sammy Fries.

Aspen

The Ethics of Sanctuaries

  • Rachel McCrystal
  • Michelle Carrera

Juniper

The Psychology of Power

  • Melanie Joy

In this talk based on her new book, psychologist Melanie Joy explains the psychology that causes us to believe that certain individuals and groups are more worthy of being treated with integrity than others. She explains the mentality that underlies oppression and abuse and which can cause advocates for compassion and justice to engage in the very behaviors they’re trying to transform. Dr. Joy also talks about how to use this understanding to help create a more empowered movement for animals.

Plaza C

[Discussion] For Nonprofit Directors

  • Darina Bockman

Walnut (Upper)
Saturday,  5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
(30 min sessions)

How the Love for One Pig Changed the World

  • Krista Hiddema

Why emotions are foundational in charting the course of advocacy for human and more-than-human animals alike with Krista Hiddema of Esther the Wonder Pig & Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary.

Beech

Using Food Technology to End Meat Consumption

  • Bruce Friedrich

Almost everyone wants to see animals treated well, and yet almost everyone continues to eat meat. Let's make it easier for people to be ethical; let's create meat from plants and grow it directly from cells. Learn more with Bruce Friedrich of The Good Food Institute.

Arbors

How Food Choices Are Made

  • Audrey Sanchez

Individual, institutional and political roles in the food system, how our food environments have evolved from nutrition-focused to profit-driven, and the tactics used by the food industry to keep us eating the foods that make them money with Audrey Sanchez of Balanced, Inc.

Aspen

How to Turn Our Enemies into Allies

  • Leah Garcés

Why and how to move into our discomfort zones and work with those on the “other side” with Mercy For Animals' Leah Garces.

Juniper

Confronting Our Own Speciesism

  • pattrice jones

Plaza C

Effective, Enjoyable Strategic Planning with Visuals

  • Caryn Ginsberg

Energize your planning process with visual approaches for better ideas and outcomes with Caryn Ginsberg of Faunalytics.

Walnut (Upper)
Saturday,  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Break Before Banquet (Get ready for the Evening Awards Banquet - don't forget to purchase a ticket here)
Saturday,  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Awards Banquet

We welcome you to join us for the Animal Rights 2019 National Conference awards banquet. The banquet will be in the Plaza Ballroom on July 27th at 7:00 pm and will feature a 3 course plant-based dinner, live auction and awards ceremony. Click here for more details.

Plaza Ballroom
Saturday,  9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Evening Networking Reception

Terrace

Sunday, July 28th

Sunday,  7:30 am - 8:15 am

Morning Yoga in Plaza C
Morning Meditation in Birch
Morning Fitness meet at Fitness Center

Exercise
Sunday,  8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Snacks

Terrace
Sunday,  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Registration Opens (Register Here!)
Sunday,  9:00 am - 9:45 am

Morning Plenary - Your Unique Activist Voice

Utilizing Personal Strengths and Individual Strength- Jasmine Levya

Embracing Your Talents and Interests- Lindsay Lewis

Plaza A/B
Sunday,  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exhibits Open in Upper Foyer, Magnolia, and Lower Ballroom Foyer.
Sunday,  10:00 am - 11:00 am

Good Nutrition is Good Activism

  • Ginny Messina
  • Jack Norris

The basics of eating a plant-based diet; health aspects of vegan diets with Ginny Messina, Vegan Dietitian, and Jack Norris of Vegan Outreach. Moderated by Sammy Fries.

Beech

Measuring and Evaluating Our Impact

  • Steven Rouk
  • Katie Vann

Gaining insight from your data to maximize effectiveness with Steven Rouk of Mercy For Animals and Katie Vann of Mercy For Animals. Moderated by Joanna Grossman.

Arbors

Law Within AR Orgs

  • Cailen LaBarge
  • Cheryl Leahy
  • Wendy Watts

Forging a career in animal law & an overview of what in-house legal departments do with Cailen LaBarge of Animal Equality, Cheryl Leahy of Compassion Over Killing, and Wendy Watts of The Humane League. Moderated by Shawna Weaver.

Aspen

[Group]How Do We Address Uncomfortable Situations as Animal Advocates?

  • Led by:
  • Nora Constance Marino

Discussion group on how vegans respond to commonly asked questions & situations with Nora Constance Marino of Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund.

Juniper

Running a Sanctuary

  • Lenore Braford
  • Juliana Castenada Turner
  • Shirley McGreal
  • Shaleen Shah

The true stories of what it takes to rescue and sustain the lives of abused animals with Lenore Braford of Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, Shirley McGreal of International Primate Protection League, Shaleen Shah of Luvin Arms, Juliana Castaneda Turner of Juliana's Animal Sanctuary. Moderated by Indra Lahiri.

Plaza C

[Film with Q&A] Robin: Rescued From the Dead

  • Karen Davis
  • Steve Dawson
  • Vanessa Dawnson
Film screening of Robin: Resuced From the Dead followed by Q&A with Karen Davis of UPC and Steve and Vanssa Dawnson of Penelope's Place.

Plaza A/B - Films
Sunday,  11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Cruelty-Free Fashion

  • Deborah Dimare
  • Anna Tagliabue

Vegan fashion & interior design with Deborah DiMare of Vegan Interior Design and Anna Tagliabue of Pelush. Moderated by Ashley Zebro.

Beech

Strategies for Defeating the Use of Animals in Science

  • Nathan Herschler
  • Anthony Bellotti
  • Vanessa Shakib

Arbors

Where Does Our History Lead Us?

  • Rachel McCrystal
  • Erica Meier

Aspen

[Group] Coping With Stress

  • Led by:
  • Clare Mann
  • pattrice jones

Discussions on how to be gentle with ourselves and prioritize our well-being with pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary and Clare Mann, Vegan Psychologist.

Juniper

[Discussion] Broadening Our Reach

  • Jasmine C. Leyva
  • Grant Lingel
  • John Oberg
  • Jo-Anne McArthur

Discussion of ideas, tactics, conflicts and solutions with Jasmine C. Leyva, film maker, The Invisible Vegan, Grant Lingel of Sentient Media, John Oberg, Social Media Consultant, Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals Media. Moderated by Grant Lingel.

Plaza C

[Film with Q&A] A Prayer For Compassion

  • Victoria Moran

Film screening of the new film A Prayer For Compassion followed by Q&A.

Plaza A/B - Films
Sunday,  12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
(30 min sessions)

The Courage to Keep Going

  • Tracy Murphy

Tracy Murphy of Asha's Sanctuary recounts a childhood experience with a dog named Fritz and how an emotional end built character and courage to prepare for Asha's Sanctuary.

Beech

How Our Destinies With Animals Are Shared

  • Aysha Akhtar

What happens when we both break and forge bonds with animals, how humans are neurologically designed to empathize with animals and how you can increase that empathy with Aysha Akhta, Neurologist/public health specialist.

Arbors

Modern Research Has No Need for Animals

  • Shalin Gala

Making the Scientific, Ethical, and Legal Case to End Animal Tests with Shalin Gala of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Aspen

Prioritizing Movement Growth

  • Alex Felsinger

The number of animals helped or spared is an important metric of success, but should we be focusing more on movement growth?

Juniper

Reclaiming Our Grassroots

  • lauren Ornelas

Giving power back to the grassroots movement to restore passion, creativity and community for animals.

Plaza C

Continued: [Film with Q&A] A Prayer For Compassion

  • Victoria Moran

Film screening of the new film A Prayer For Compassion followed by Q&A.

Plaza A/B - Films
Sunday,  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Break for Lunch (can be purchased through the hotel, menus coming soon)

Terrace
Sunday,  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Breakout Specialty Groups or Exhibit Time
Sunday,  3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

[Discussion] Overview of Movement Strategies

  • Alan Darer
  • Bruce Friedrich
  • Nathaniel Salpeter

Covers sanctuary/education, tech, investment, plant-based agriculture, activism, and policy with Alan Darer of Mercy For Animals, Bruce Friedrich of The Good Food Institute, and Nathaniel Salpeters of Sweet Farm Foundation. Moderated by Grant Lingel.

Beech

Behind the Cameras

  • Toni Vernelli
  • Mike Wolf

Undercover investigators expose hidden secrets of animal agriculture with Sean Thomas of Animal Equality and Mike Wolf of Compassion Over Killing. Moderated by Andrea Shaye.

Arbors

[Workshop] Effective Conversations

  • Earthling Ed

How to initiate respectful, thought-provoking conversations about animal rights with Earthling Ed of Surge.

Aspen

[Group] Is Killing Ever Justified?

  • Led by:
  • Michael Webermann

Juniper

Thoughts From a Former Vivisector: Discussion with Dr. John Gluck

  • Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan of New England Anti-Vivisection Society joins the discussion with Dr. John Gluck about why he turned his back on vivisection and how we can inspire compassion to others in the scientific community with Dr. John Gluck about why he turned his back on vivisection and how we can inspire compassion to others in the scientific community.

Plaza C

Film Room

  • Pending

Plaza A/B - Films
Sunday,  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Empowering the New Wave of Activists

  • Marissa Price
  • Sarah Thornton

Beech

Fighting for Fishes

  • Mary Finelli
  • Hope Bohanec

How and why to get active for aquatic animals with Mary Finelli of Fish Feel and Hope Bohanec of United Poultry Concerns. Moderated by Anne Dinshah.

Arbors

Cultivating a Supportive Organizational Culture

  • Stephanie Frankle
  • Jaya Bhumitra

How organizations can foster a positive culture while empowering folks new to the movement, at a junior level, or from a marginalized community with Jaya Bhumitra, Animal Rights Activist and Stephanie Frankle of The Humane League. Moderated by Shawna Weaver.

Aspen

[Workshop] Fundraising 101

  • Unny Nambudiripad

Tips and guidance on raising funds for your nonprofit or activism with Unny Nambudiripad, development consultant.

Juniper

Representing Animals in the Mainstream

  • Allison Argo
  • Edita Birnkrant
  • Michael Budkie

Tips on how to engage with journalists, present your message, and gain media coverage that advances animal rights with Allison Argo of ArgoFilms and THE LAST PIG, Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, and Edith Birnkrant of NYCLASS. Moderated by Ashley Zebro.

Plaza C

Film Room

  • Pending

Plaza A/B - Films
Sunday,  5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Closing Plenary - The Road We Have Ahead (MC Saurabh Dalal)

Fur & Declawing Successes - Nora Constance Marino

Wildlife Successes - Damien Mander

Successful Laws & Bills - Anna Eskamani

Celebrating Success & Looking Ahead - Jaya Bhumitra

Plaza A/B
Sunday,  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dinner (Vegan dinner can be purchased through the hotel, menus coming soon)

Terrace
Sunday,  8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Closing Celebration with Honey LaBronx

Plaza Ballroom