Albany VegFest 2019 Keynote Speaker: Haile Thomas

We are excited to introduce Haile Thomas as one of speakers at 2019’s Albany Vegfest.

Haile Thomas is 18 years old, an international speaker, health activist, vegan food & lifestyle influencer, podcaster, the youngest Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in the United States, and the founder/CEO of the nonprofit HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth). Haile founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities, as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.

Haile has personally engaged over 35,000 kids since beginning her activism in 2010. She was inspired to pursue this passion after her family successfully reversed her father’s type-2 diabetes with healthy eating and lifestyle choices, and upon learning that kids were also increasingly being diagnosed with conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. All of Haile’s programs, projects, and initiatives, are geared towards engaging, educating, motivating and empowering young people to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to live their best life. She also hosted the podcast “Girl Empowered”, interviewing inspiring and empowered women, therefore fulfilling the mission to broadcast female voices of empowerment.

Haile, beginning at 12 years old worked for two years as the Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotel’s “For Kids – By Kids” Menu, with her kids menu recipes served at all Hyatt Resorts in North America and the Caribbean, and was one of the first 8 young chefs featured on season one of Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off, and also on Cupcake Wars Kids both airing on Food Network.

Haile has been featured by NowThis, BuzzFeed, MTV, CNN, The HARRY Show, the Today Show, Dr. Oz, Home and Family Show, and The Rachael Ray Show, and highlighted in several major publications including O Magazine, Teen Vogue, and YES Magazine, and is the first teen featured on the Cover of Experience Life Magazine in the October 2016 issue.

She also creates creative and artistic lifestyle & vegan recipe videos through her channel “Plant-Powered Haile” on YouTube.

Haile will be speaking about ‘How the Interconnectivity of Veganism Can Change the World‘ on Sunday September 8th at at 12:15 p.m.

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