Future of Food (Nov 20th)


Wednesday, November 20th: 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Prime Produce
424 W 54th St (between 9th and 10th aves)
New York, NY 10019

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Holidays can be hard for vegans, but no holiday is more difficult than celebrating what we are thankful for with a Turkey for dinner.

The vegan movement is on the rise and more people are embracing a plant-based lifestyle for health, climate change, and animal welfare reasons. Join us to learn about the varied benefits of a plant-based diet and steps we can take to reduce or eliminate meat consumption. Don’t let anyone miss out on Thanksgiving dinner this year – join the conversation about how to integrate veganism into the things we’re grateful for.

What You’ll Learn:

    • The connection between veganism and a more sustainable future
    • Everyday practices to reduce or eliminate your meat intake
    • The power of plant-based diets in preventing and reversing chronic illness
    • Why communities of color are turning to plant-based nutrition
    • How innovative companies are producing plant-based food in new, sustainable ways
    • Ways to spice up your vegan recipes for Thanksgiving dinner
    • Career opportunities in innovative meat-alternative companies

About Be Social Change Events

In addition to gaining a better understanding of how you can make an impact through your career and life, you’ll also have an opportunity to build your network by connecting with like-motivated people from the Be Social Change community.

Healthy + sustainable, vegan snacks provided – gluten-free options available. We strive to produce as minimal waste as possible during Be Social Change events – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.

All our events are carbon neutral! Read more here.

Event Sponsor

CleanChoice Energy is a clean energy supplier with a mission to make clean energy accessible for everybody. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for customers to make a big impact on the air we breathe and on the environment. You don’t need to install solar panels or even own your home, apartment, or business space—you simply make the switch, and they make sure all the energy you use is replenished on the grid with 100% clean wind and solar power.

Bring your latest energy company utility bill (or pull it up on your mobile device) to the event for a free bill analysis so you can make the switch to 100% clean, renewable energy with a special event rate.


    • 6:30 – 7:00 pm – Networking
    • 7:00 – 7:15 pm – Intro + Collaborative Q&A
    • 7:15 – 8:00 pm – Panel Discussion
    • 8:00 – 8:30 pm – Q&A
    • 8:30 – 9:00 pm – Networking

Featured Panelists

    • Dr. Sapana Shah, Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Practicing Internist, Bellevue Hospital
    • Nzinga Young, Community Events Coordinator, Vegan Outreach
    • Aisha Smith, Founder & Nurse Practitioner, Save Our Sexy Inc. (SOS)
    • Martin Rowe, Co-Founder, Publisher, & Editor-in-Chief, Lantern Books

Panelists Bios


Dr. Sapana Shah, Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine and Practicing Internist at Bellevue Hospital

Dr. Sapana Shah teaches residents and medical students as well as sees her own patients in one of the country’s oldest safety-net hospitals. She is passionate about plant-based medicine and works in Bellevue’s newly established Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program, where she helps patients regain control of their health using an approach that centers around healthy eating.

Nzinga Young, Community Events Coordinator, Vegan Outreach

Nzinga Young is the Greater NY Community Events Coordinator for the international nonprofit Vegan Outreach. She organizes weekly events to show people of all backgrounds vegan food can be affordable, appetizing, and easy to prepare. Nzinga has spoken at the Animal Rights National Conference in DC, hosted the Intersectional Vegan Conference in London, was invited by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to host a cooking demo in Borough Hall, and served as a vegan contributor for Huffington Post.

As a born and raised vegetarian and current vegan, she’s followed a meat-free diet for over 25 years. Visit her on IG at @veganzinga to learn more!

Aisha Smith, Founder & Nurse Practitioner, Save Our Sexy Inc. (SOS)

Aisha is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and graduate of New York University’s Adult Geriatric Holistic NP Program. She has been trained in functional medicine, clinical aromatherapy and vegan health.

Aisha also founded Save Our Sexy Inc., a non-profit organization focused on responding to the urgent need for Type 2 diabetes education and intervention within communities of color.

Martin Rowe, Co-Founder, Publisher, & Editor-in-Chief, Lantern Books

Martin Rowe publishes books on vegetarianism, environmentalism, animal advocacy, religion, and social justice. He is the author of The Elephants in the Room, The Polar Bear in the Zoo, and Nicaea, and editor of The Way of Compassion and Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology.

He co-founded the magazine Satya. He initiated the Vegan America Project, which is being run under the auspices of Brighter Green. The Project is an investigation of how we might envision the United States of America around the year 2050, should it be no longer possible or desirable to use animals for food, clothing, labor, entertainment, or experimentation.



Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. For as long as Marcos has been working in the social impact space, he has also been building businesses.

Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.

Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.marcossalazar.com.

Community Partner

Event Organizer


Be Social Change is a membership community helping people across all sectors build lives and careers of social impact. For its members, Be Social Change hosts weekly professional development workshops and social impact events, as well as curates discounts to sustainable businesses to inspire and guide people to make a difference through their careers and lifestyles.

Food Sponsors

Freekehlicious is the first major distributor for Greenwheat Freekeh Pty Ltd. in the United States.

After years of research, Greenwheat Freekeh has become the first and only company in the world to develop the necessary technology to parch, roast and dry freekeh. This process ensures their product is free from stones often found in traditionally processed freekeh. Greenwheat Freekeh is also the leader in research on green grains and the benefits of their nutritional properties.

AeroFarms is on a mission to grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity. Since 2004, AeroFarms has been the world leader in indoor farming, growing delicious, nutritious food in their state-of-the-art indoor vertical farms. A mission-driven company and proud B Corporation, and proud to be named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. You can enjoy locally grown, delicious, pesticide-free produce all year round through their retail brand Dream Greens.

Space Partner


A guild for 21st-century craft promoting slow entrepreneurship and intentional service. Unequal parts cafe, living room, workshop, collaboratory, rooftop garden, and upstate retreat space on a biodynamic farm. Learn more about visiting or renting at https://www.primeproduce.coop/.



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