Learn about the power of a plant-based lifestyle from some of the nation’s leading experts.

Keynote Speaker


Michael Greger, MD

A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the public health director at The Humane Society of the United States. His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times Best Seller. More than a thousand of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.


Brooke Goldner, MD

Dr. Goldner is a board certified medical doctor and the best-selling author of Goodbye Lupus. She has been featured in multiple documentaries such as Eating You Alive, Whitewashed, and The Conspiracy Against Your Health, has been interviewed by Natural News Radio, Health Conspiracy Radio, Wellness Radio, was a keynote speaker for Lupus LA, and has had numerous stage appearances, including the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference alongside Drs. Ornish, Esselstyn, Greger and T. Colin Campbell. She has been featured on the front cover of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine twice, and is the author of Goodbye Lupus and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kick-Start Your Health and Healing, and the upcoming book Goodbye Lupus, Hello Delicious. She is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine, was Chief Resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency in Psychiatry, and holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She is the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com and creator of the Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery.


Brenda Davis, RD

Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, has been a featured speaker at international nutrition, medical and health conferences in over a dozen countries. She is co-author of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics with over 750,000 copies in print, in 10 languages: Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Raw, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, Defeating Diabetes and Dairy-free and Delicious. Her most recent works, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition won the 2014 REAL Best of 2014 Book Award, and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition won the Canada Book Award and was a finalist and received honorable mention in the Foreward Book of the Year Award. Brenda has authored numerous professional and lay articles. She is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. 


Thomas Tadlock, MS

He has been recognized as one of the top 5 trainers in the USA, with his first personal training company, winning the “Best of Award” 7 years in a row, and his second company becoming the largest indoor fitness boot camp in Orange County California. He was MTV's 2003 Hottest Body, and is currently the host of the number one vegan fitness & bodybuilding podcasts on iTunes, the Vegan Body Revolution show, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers world-wide. He has successfully led trainings for thousands of individuals, organizations and entrepreneurs nation-wide, including professional recording artists, models, and entrepreneurs. He is a master trainer for 3 different fitness companies and has been featured on multiple fitness DVDs. He has also been sought after and has worked with top personal trainers of celebrities like Britney Spears and professional sports teams like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to name a few. He holds a master's degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion and 8 national fitness and health certifications. He is an internationally recognized trainer educator who has shared the stage with JJ Virgin, Rob Sugar, and Anthony Robbins and has authored the weight loss programs for the fitness equipment company behind the hit TV show, “The Biggest Loser.”


Chef Emma Roche

Emma Roche is a budget-and-health conscious cook, founder of PlantPlate.com, and author of the ‘Whole Food Plant-Based on $5 a Day’ eBook series. As a Center for Nutrition Studies graduate and certified Weight-Loss Instructor, Emma’s work combines nutritional research with years of practical plant-based eating experience.

Since starting PlantPlate in 2013, Emma has been developing recipes, menu plans and cooking guides to help show others that healthy eating can be both flavourful and affordable. Through her presentations, Emma demonstrates that eating healthily really doesn’t have to cost you more; that a health-promoting plant-based diet can be built around simple, everyday ingredients from your local supermarket.


Chef Ken Rubin

Ken is a chef, educator and food anthropologist with over 20 years of broad culinary industry experience. Ken is a regular conference presenter and speaker. He has been recognized for his expertise in such wide ranging fields as education and training, applied food-culture research, wellness and behavior change, product development and technology solutions.

He serves as the Chief Culinary Officer at Rouxbe Cooking School. Rouxbe is the world’s leading online cooking school that delivers technique focused culinary instruction and training to home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks, healthcare professionals and patients in over 180 countries. Rouxbe provides foundational cook training at Marriott Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Whole Foods Market, Wegman's, and many other enterprise partners. Additionally, Rouxbe powers a suite of online products geared towards a food first approach to lifestyle health, including the Culinary Rx program (built with The Plantrician Project) and The Fork Over Knives' Online Cooking School.

Ken has held top-level academic and executive leadership positions at well-respected culinary academies including Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America, Chefs.com, the Art Institute of Portland, and the Natural Epicurean Academy. A former Board Director for the International Association Culinary Professionals (IACP) and former Chairman of The Culinary Trust, he currently serves the James Beard Foundation as a member of their National Media Committee. He devotes local efforts towards food justice and equity with the Oregon Food Bank as a member of their Advocacy Committee. He has been published hundreds of times (in print and online) and hosts regular web events on Rouxbe.com. His writing has been seen in Gastronomica, Meatpaper and The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, among others. He received his BA from Colorado College and an MA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Liz Rubin, and their two food-loving sons, Gabe and Ben.