Below is the start of our list of 2022 speakers.
Julia Goolia & JP Lambiase | HellthyJunkFood
JP Lambiase & Julia Goolia of HellthyJunkFood are this millennial’s comedy alternative cooking show. HellthyJunkFood is an entertainment comedy cooking satire for the 21st Century showcasing a series of fast food copycat recipe videos, giant food creations, food-related challenges, and more. Their crazy recipe ideas have been featured on popular blogs such as Independent.co.uk, Foodbeast, UNILAD, Huffington Post, Yahoo, MSN, Mashable, Nerdist, LAD Bible, Food Network, Cosmopolitan, Parade Magazine, Insider, and more. Fast-moving and always jumping on the latest trends, their recipes for Mac N’ Cheetos, Giant Chicken Nugget, and Giant Mozzarella Stick, went VIRAL generating over 10M combined views and gaining over 200,000 new subscribers in 2016. They reached 2 million subscribers at the beginning of 2019. The HellthyJunkFood chefs work on a second channel called, JP & Julia, where they post travel & foodie vlogs. You can also find HellthyJunkFood on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and Snap Show.
Zuliya Khawaja is the founder of Naturally Zuzu brand. She is a mom, Top Chef Amateurs Winner on Bravo Top Chef, plant-based chef, recipe developer, and food stylist. She shares her original plant-based recipes and inspires her audience to live an active, healthy, and happy life through her blog, Instagram, and Facebook communities. Zuliya gained her plant-based nutrition degree from eCornell Nutrition Studies in 2019, and since then her work has been published in the Mantra Yoga Magazine and was featured in the Women’s Health Magazine, PopSugar, Feedfeed, and many other popular social media platforms. Check her out on Instagram.
James Lamprey | FunFoods
James Lamprey is a social media content creator known for his FunFoods recipes. He has amassed a following of over 2.7 million on different platforms. James has been making content since 2010 when he started his first Youtube channel. Since then he expanded his reach to include other platforms like Facebook and TikTok where his short form content has more than 100 million views. James has been seen making his recipes on different news programs including Good Morning America. He was also a key contributor for the Mountain Dew Cookbook in 2020.
Shaunda Necole | The Soul Food Pot
Shaunda Necole is a lifestyle & food blogger and a Pinterest marketing expert. She’s a gypsy hippie bohemian – a little wild in color and a lot free-spirited! Shaunda has a knack for teaching bloggers and content creators how to get paid for your personality – what she calls “how to get paid to be you!” In addition, she shows you how to use Pinterest for site traffic so that opportunities, followers, and subscribers are attracted to YOU rather than chasing after them (all thirsty like a desperate housewife!) Shaunda’s an East Coast girl with a super sunny West Coast heart and splits her time between Virginia Beach and viva Las Vegas!
Kathy Hester | Healthy Slow Cooking
Kathy Hester is a food blogger, recipe developer, food photographer, and author of 11 cookbooks. She’s sold over 150,000 books to date and does cookbook PR on the side. In addition to her blog Healthy Slow Cooking, Kathy runs the Plant Based Instapot and talks about online PR and video at https://kathyhester.com. Kathy started doing live Facebook videos a few years ago and noticed it forged a strong connection with her audience. She took those skills and started doing live online cooking classes that sell five figures a year, in addition to working with brands on live social media video. Kathy is passionate about making healthy eating accessible and delicious. Her recipes are plant based and vegan, plus she can help you with your dietary restrictions or allergies with recipe alternatives.
Christina Hitchcock and Corinne Schmitt | The Smart Influencer
Christina Hitchcock and Corinne Schmitt are the founders and business coaches behind the The Smart Influencer. They host a weekly podcast where they share straightforward tips to help influencers work smarter not harder. Together they have over 20 years of experience running six-figure businesses. They’re both published authors and run multiple sites (independently and together). They are spreadsheet geeks and workflow fanatics with a knack for creating systems that anyone (even those who detest spreadsheets) can easily use.
Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack | Muy Bueno Cookbook
Yvette is an Emmy-winning producer and writer, award-winning food blogger, and author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor co-written with her mother Vangie and sister Veronica, and Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails, co-written with Vianney from Sweet Life. She won her Emmy award (go, Yvette!) for her video Day of the Dead Celebration. Yvette is a native Texan, born and raised in El Paso, but now lives in Colorado.
Shihan Chowdhury | Chili Pepper Cooks
Shihan Chowdhury is an American-Bangladeshi homecook. He runs the cooking channel chilipeppercooks with over 900,000 followers on social media combined. He makes tasty recipes with the optional but very necessary Thai chili topping and always does so with an engaging character and smile. Some of his best recipes have been featured on Buzzfeed and In The Know. His work and enthusiastic personality have also caught the attention of top food brands, including Le Creuset, Zwilling, and Mountain Dew. Shihan is an all-round creative and skilled cameraman who is also passionate about marketing and tech. Brands love working with him because of his focus on cinematography and his engaging style of communication and presenting in videos, through his energetic, positive character.
Elizabeth Smith | Elizabeth Smith
Wendi Spraker | Loaves and Dishes
Wendi lives in Danbury, North Carolina where she unapologetically blogs about Southern Comfort Food. Wendi is an Amazon international best selling author, writes a bi-weekly food column for her local newspaper, leads an arts through cooking initiative with her local Arts Council, teaches others to cook through her YouTube channel and co-hosts The Dorks with Sporks Podcast with her daughter, Sarah. Wendi’s website has a U.S Alexa ranking of 41,000 and contains nearly 1000 recipes. When not writing, talking about food or cooking, you’ll find Wendi playing with her grandchildren or tending her little mountain home where she lives with an army of chickens, pugs and one ancient horse.
Janice Sousa | indie Travel
Janice brings 17+ years as a seasoned Revenue, Operations and Sales Leader and Serial Entrepreneur. Currently, Janice serves as the CEO & Co-Founder at indie, where she believes the future of travel will include content creators and a new generation of Guides. A proud Advisor to #MoveTheDial, Fora (in partnership with the UN & UNAC), an Activator and Mentor for SheEO, and a Provincial Ambassador for Women in Tech, she is passionate about supporting female-led ventures. Previously a guest lecturer at Humber and Centennial College, and was selected to participate in the Austrian Leadership Program in 2018-19 to support start-ups in Austria and Canada to understand mutual export markets better. Janice maintains strong roots in the larger travel industry, with active participation in SYTA, WYSE, NAIS, CAIS and TICO. In 2018, she was named one of Canadian Traveller’s Top 40 Under 40 and speaker at NY Travel Fest.
Johanna Voss | johanna b. voss Agency
Johanna B. Voss is a talent manager, trusted by social media influencers who want clarity on how to build their brands, grow their businesses, earn their worth and plan strategically for the future. On behalf of her clients, she’s closed close to three million dollars of brand deals, partnerships and speaking engagements. Her clients have partnered with brands such as Kroger, Walmart, AARP, Little Northern Bakehouse, H&R Block and ALDI. Negotiation is something she thoroughly enjoys be it for her clients, friends or with strangers. Entering her 10th year of working for herself, she understands all about the necessary pivots entrepreneurs take along their journey. Prior to her work in the talent management space, Johanna worked on the Presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for more than 7 years. Johanna is a world traveler, lived in Spain three times, can often be found cycling Colorado’s mountain ranges, or asking the question “What if you…?”