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Top 10 Speakers

Amy Goodman - Main Stage, Sunday, 12:00 PM 

Amy Goodman is an award winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now! which airs on more than 800 public television/radio stations worldwide. She is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize for developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media. She is also the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier.

The Fabulous Beekman Boys - Main Stage, Saturday, 12:00 PM

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge are not your average couple. They have transplanted themselves from New York City to Beekman Farm in upstate New York, where they are raising 80 goats, two pigs, a dozen chickens and a narcissistic llama. These guys have urban professional backgrounds and they're now making goat milk soap in the pursuit of their new organic lifestyle brand, 'Beekman 1802.’ As they say, "we believe that a farm can be much larger than its fences.”

Sylvia Mendez - Main Stage, Sunday, 2:00 PM

Sylvia Mendez is a civil rights leader of Mexican/Puerto Rican heritage. At the young age eight years old, she played a significant role in the landmark desegregation case of 1946, Mendez v Westminster. On February 15, 2011, President Barack Obama presented Sylvia Mendez with the Medal of Freedom. "She has made it her mission to spread her message of tolerance and opportunity to children of all backgrounds and all walks of life,” Obama said. Sylvia retired from USC Medical Center after 33 years where she served as the Assistant Nursing Director of the Pediatric Pavilion. Today, Sylvia speaks around the country continuing the legacy of her parents and Mendez v. Westminster.

Zakiya Harris - Community Action Pavilion, Saturday, 1:30 PM

Zakiya Harris is a California native, who has been working as an artist, educator and activist for the past 10 years. In 2007, she Co-Founded Grind for the Green, the largest youth led “green” social media and events program in the nation. In 2008, she became the first African-American Regional Director of the San Francisco Green Festival and is most recently a “Community Catalyst” for the Spring festival. She also recently co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, an organization dedicated to the reconnection of communities of color to the earth. Her highest honor in life is being a mother to her beautiful 5 year old daughter.

Ahmed Rahim - Green Business Pavilion, Sunday, 3:00 PM

Ahmed Rahim is the master blender, CEO and co-founder behind Numi Organic Tea. Before starting the Numi business in 1999 with his sister, Reem, Ahmed spent a decade living, working and traveling throughout Europe as a professional film maker and photographer. His immersion in European teahouse culture evolved a keen passion for blending teas, and resulted in Ahmed developing blends that have become Numi’s distinctive product line. Ahmed remains Numi’s alchemist today. 

Beth Greer - Sustainable Home and Garden Pavilion, Sunday, 1:30 PM

Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom®, is a syndicated radio talk show host, former President and Co-Owner of The Learning Annex, Certified Build It Green® healthy home makeover specialist and holistic health educator who eliminated a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery. She’s author of the bestseller, Super Natural Home, and is leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy home, work and school environments.

John Viera - Green Building and Renewable Energy Pavilion, Sunday, 2:30 PM

John Viera was appointed director, Sustainable Business Strategies for Ford Motor Company in January, 2007. Mr. Viera is responsible for developing global sustainable business plans, reporting externally on the company's environmental and social performance and leading the company's engagement and partnerships with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders. In January 2009, Mr. Viera assumed the responsibilities of the company's environmental policies, consistent with his current title of Director, Sustainability and Environmental Policy.

Ambessa Cantave - Sustainable Home and Garden Pavilion, Saturday 3:30 PM

Ambessa Cantave is a ten-year veteran of the Bay Area's art, non-profit and environmental justice community. He has extensive experience in youth leadership and workforce development, supporting students with creative solutions to approaching their individual lives or social iniquities. As Co-Founder and Co-Director of Grind for the Green, Cantave used hip-hop as a medium to talk about climate change. Now an Educator with ACE, Cantave has reached nearly 50,000 students in the Bay Area.

Zhena Muzyka - Fair Trade Pavilion, Saturday, 4:30 PM

As one of the early pioneers of the organic and Fair Trade movement and the founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Zhena Muzyka believed that by selling tins of tea, she could become a purveyor of hope and a conduit for change. Zhena’s company doesn't just market products; it markets meaning - teas with a commitment to social responsibility, sustainability and the well-being of others.

Miyoko Schinner - Sustainable Home and Garden Pavilion, Saturday, 2:30 PM

Author, chef, food product creator and former restaurateur, Miyoko Schinner has created and promoted healthful, vegetarian/vegan cuisine for 30 years. She is the author of three vegan cookbooks and has written for numerous publications. Her products and unique approach to vegan cuisine have been featured in numerous publications, television and radio shows. She teaches cooking in the McDougall Program and has created a whimsical WebTV show called Miyoko's Kitchen. She is currently writing a vegan cheese book, slated for publication in March 2012.