SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024 | 10 AM – 5 PM

NWFCU Parking Lot | 200 Spring Street | Herndon, VA

Planet Virginia


Eric Circle

Eric C Lindstrom

Planet Virginia emcee

Eric C Lindstrom is the author of The Skeptical Vegan and Raising Vegan Kids. When Eric isn’t writing books or photographing vegan food for social media, he is the Executive Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement.

Welcome from

Lisa DeCrescente & Jeff Bentley

(10:00 – 10:15)

Let’s get started at 10:00 am on the main stage with Lisa DeCrescente, Director of Planet Series Events. Join Lisa as she welcomes the vendors and sponsors and talks about the upcoming events in the Planet Series throughout the region. Lisa will also introduce and welcome Jeff Bentley.

Jeff Bentley, CEO of Northwest Federal Credit Union, a position he has held since 2017 boasts over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry. Jeff has worked in leadership capacities at Credit Unions and various banking institutions.


Neal Barnard MD

(10:15 – 11:15)

Neal D. Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a physician, clinical researcher, author, and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Neal also shreds on the guitar.

Gene Baur

(11:15 – 11:45)

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, Gene Baur has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions. Gene has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine and named one of Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 Givers.


Jane DeMarines

(12:00 – 12:15)

20-year vegetarian, and award winning executive, fundraiser, advocate, builder of partnerships and memberships, Jane M. DeMarines is dedicated to advancing causes related to environmental conservation and green community development.

Gwyn Whittaker

(12:15 – 12:45)

Gwyn Whittaker founded the educational restaurant, GreenFare Organic Café in 2015, and the non-profit, GreenFare Health and Wellness, both focused on enabling health through lifestyle changes with a 21 Day Kickstart program, attended by over 1,500 leaders and medical professionals. With inspiration drawn from Forks Over Knives, she has in turn acted as an Executive Producer on The Game Changers and Eating Our Way to Extinction, and as Co-Producer of Diet Fiction. Gwyn founded Fairfax Veg Fest (now Planet Virginia) and is an 8-year Certified Master Gardener.


Sisters Serving U at 1:00!

Javier Starks & Jonah Goldman

(2:00 – 2:30)
Javier Starks is an educator, athlete, youth advocate and emcee based in the Washington DC area. Javier uses curse-free music and content with positive messages, showing the world that we all can be successful while functioning with integrity. Javier is known globally for his music and his sustainable practices. Starks plans to change the world.

Jonah Goldman is the Co-Founder and Director of Marketing at PLNT Burger. He is a marketing specialist, social entrepreneur, and environmental activist with a background in the natural food industry, regenerative agriculture, compostable packaging and fighting food waste.


LeAnne Campbell

(2:30 – 3:30)

LeAnne Campbell has a PhD in Education and over 30 years of experience designing and directing education initiatives, specifically leadership programs, conferences and curriculum development workshops.

Congressman Gerry Connolly


Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority. He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin and, most importantly, has rescue mini golden doodle named Devi named after the first president of Ireland Eamon de Valera.

3:45 – 4:00

Giveaways | Special Announcements | MORE

Dr. Kim Williams

(4:00 – 4:45)

Williams has been vegan since 2003; after being selected as incoming president of the American College of Cardiology in 2014, he published an essay on his reasons for being vegan and his belief in the cardiovascular benefits of veganism in MedPage Today



See you June 2nd in Chevy Chase, MD!

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