Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.
Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, People and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image and Yes Yoga Has Curves.
Erin Drischler, Garment Co-Founder
After realizing the impact trying on clothes in her closet had on her eating disorder recovery process, Erin wanted to find a solution. She decided to launch Garment, a non-profit providing those in eating disorder recovery size-less clothing that is individualized for their healthy bodies providing confidence in tackling body image, often the hardest part of the process.
Jennifer McGurk, RDN, CDN, CDE, CEDRD
Jennifer is is the owner of Eat With Knowledge in Nyack, NY. As a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian, Jennifer combines her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, psychology, and physiology to help clients understand their eating behaviors, and gain the insight needed to make positive changes for their health. She is an expert in the field of eating disorders and also supervises other Registered Dietitians. She is involved with the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, the National Eating Disorders Association, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She is the Co-Social Media Chair for the New York City Chapter of iaedp.
Ashlee Bennett, AKA The Fat Therapist
Ashlee is a masters trained counseling art therapist in Australia with experience in mental health with children, adolescents and adults in hospital and educational settings. She has specialized research interests in appearance-oriented body image, weight stigma/internalized weight stigma, sub-clinical disordered eating, body image disturbances and the impact of these areas on an individual’s wellbeing. She refers to herself as ‘fat’ as a part of her activism in taking the back the power of the word typically used as an insult. She brings this aspect of activism into her practice to model the non-avoidance of a topic that is generally seen as taboo, and maintains weight stigma and fat phobia.
Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD
Laura is the founder of Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services in NYC, where she and her team teach clients how to eat ALL foods guilt-free and how to live mindfully. An expert in nutrition and healthy living, Laura has almost 20 years of clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian. For three years, Laura volunteered as President, New York chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (www.iaedpNY.com), and under her leadership, grew the chapter from 20 members to almost 200 members. This national organization’s mission is to educate professionals who treat individuals with eating disorders, and to serve as a credentialing agency that recognizes those who achieve expertise as Certified Eating Disorders Specialists. Currently, she serves as the Certification Chair on their board. In May 2016, Laura earned her 200hrs Registered Yoga Teacher status at LifePower Yoga and now offers private yoga and mindfulness sessions in her NYC office.
Laura Thomas, PhD, RNutr
Laura Thomas is a Association for Nutrition Registered Nutritionist specialising disordered eating recovery using Intuitive Eating and Non-Diet approaches. She has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University where she studied psychosocial behaviour change models, dietary assessment, and gut health. She completed her post-doc at Cornell University, again focussing on behaviour change. She currently hosts the podcast 'Don't Salt My Game' and was the nutritionist for the 2017 BBC1 documentary Mind Over Marathon. She founded the London Centre for Intuitive Eating where she works 1-1 with clients and trains other nutritionists in the non-diet approach.
Lexie is a 23-year-old body positive activist, mental health advocate and blogger located in New Jersey. She shares her recovery journey on her blog and on social media to her thousands of followers that find inspiration and hope from Lexie's posts. She is the founder of the #BoycottTheBefore, a campaign challenging Eating Disorder recovery comparison photos.
After graduating summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a degree in biochemistry, Schaefer moved to Nashville to pursue singing and songwriting, then dealt with the devastating consequences of an eating disorder that nearly derailed her life. Now recovered for over ten years, Schaefer is the author of several books including Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (McGraw-Hill) and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life (McGraw-Hill). In addition, Schaefer is a leading motivational speaker and recovery coach who discusses various topics including addiction and food disorders, relationships, depression, careers as well as overcoming adversity and living life to the fullest.
In February of 2009, Kirsten founded The Kirsten Haglund Foundation and serves as it’s current President. The mission of the Foundation is to fundraise to provide treatment scholarships to assist families and individuals battling eating disorders. Kirsten is currently the Community Relations Specialist with Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and in that role, travels across the country to speak at universities, churches, for women's groups, athletes and artists, and national conferences on women's empowerment, eating disorders, and consumer advocacy related to the beauty and diet industries. She is also a proud Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association.
Jessica Setnick, MS, RD/LD
Jessica Setnick, MS, RD/LD, as one of the most recognizable names in the nutrition counseling world, thanks to her engaging and charismatic presentation style, her unique point of view, and her genuine ability to connect on a deep level, even from the podium. She has spent her career developing eating disorder treatment protocols in every level of care and shares her wealth of knowledge with health professionals and the public in every possible format, including the Eating Disorders Boot Camp: Training Workshop for Professionals audio course, The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders, as Eating Disorder Editor at Recovery Campus Magazine, in the forthcoming book Making Food Your Friend Again, as a CEDRD Supervisor and mentor to treating professionals around the world, and in her many, many, many presentations. Jessica’s mission is to work toward a world where everyone who needs care for eating issues has access to qualified professionals, and no one is turned away due to insurance issues or mistaken stereotypes.
Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D.
Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, consultant and psychotherapist with offices in New York City and Lido Beach, Long Island. She has four decades of experience working with individuals, couples, groups and families. Judy is a frequently invited keynote and workshop presenter at national and international conferences, professional associations, retreat centers, universities and schools, including Harvard Medical School of Continuing Education, The Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, National Association of Social Work meetings, The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference, The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, The New York City Board of Education and numerous university campuses including Princeton University and Barnard College. In addition to clinical work with patients, she coaches writers and offers consultation groups for therapists and other mental health practitioners.
Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S
Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Specialist and owner of Whole Life Nutrition. Anna is member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Massachusetts Dietetic Association, and is an active member of the Multiservice Eating Disorder Association, the Academy for Eating Disorders, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation, and the International Federation for Eating Disorder Dietitians.
Lisa Pearl, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD, CEDS
Lisa Pearl is a licensed clinical nutritionist and eating disorder specialist. She is the founder of CNC360 as well as a clinician with over 30 years of experience in providing treatment, education, training and mentoring in the field. As a member of the senior clinical team, Lisa’s services include nutrition therapy, case consultations, and professional supervision. Through the years Lisa has continued to push the envelope of innovation with presentations at local and national conferences. She has worked as a consultant for MIT, Harvard University, Boston Ballet, and numerous independent and public schools for prevention, education, and treatment of eating disorders.
Colleen Werner is a junior psychology major at SUNY Old Westbury, and she plans on going to graduate school to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in Eating Disorders. She also aspires to start an eating disorder treatment created specifically for dancers. Her Instagram account/blog centers around body-positivity, self-love, eating disorder awareness, and mental health has deeply inspired thousands, and after creating the hashtag #BopoBallerina, Colleen was featured by Yahoo, National Eating Disorders Association, Dailymotion, A Plus, Dance.com, and several international news outlets. In addition to her work on her Instagram, Colleen is a member of the Advisory Panel for YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance), a National Ambassador for Project HEAL, and a Brand Ambassador for Wear Your Label.
Pia is a writer, public speaker and personal coach and the founder of Adios Barbie. From Harlem to Hawaii, she has led dozens of workshops and presentations on body politics, identity, intersectional feminism, media literacy and social justice. Her work at Adios Barbie is informed by Pia’s own life straddling different worlds as a bi-cultural Mexican and American who has never quite fit in, but has finally found her home. She has also worked with numerous groups including the Department of Education, PBS, ITVS, among others, to create media and educational initiatives that center around the experiences of marginalized folx. Committed to love and justice, Pia is a yoga student/teacher and unprofessional dog walker.
Tabitha Farrar is an eating disorder recovery coach who speaks and writes about effective and realistic recovery approaches for adults with restrictive eating disorders. Having recovered from 10 years of severe anorexia herself solely by adapting the principles of FBT to herself as an adult, she is passionate about helping adult sufferers find a sustainable recovery that works for them as an individual. Tabitha authored Love Fat, and is currently working on her second book — a workbook for anorexia recovery that will be published December 2017. She has written numerous eating disorder recovery guides for adults. She has been working as a recovery coach for adults with eating disorders and parents/partners of adults since 2009 and has set up two forums for adults with eating disorders in active recovery. Tabitha hosts the Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast. More recently she founded Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults (AEDRA) Meal Support Service.
Dr. Jenna Daku DPsych, BA, BACP
Located in Central/East London, Jenna is a BACP Registered Psychotherapist, and has a Doctorate degree specializing in eating disorders and recovery. She is dedicated to supporting people to reclaim their bodies and their lives through her practice called Freedom To Be. Most recently, she started the Anti-Diet Revolution to inspire people to ditch the rules and restrictions and find peace with food and their bodies.
Julie Duffy Dillon, MS, RD, NCC, LDN, CEDRD
Julie Duffy Dillon is a Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert partnering with people on their Food Peace journey. She is trained as a mental health counselor and supervises dietitians and other health professionals to help using weight inclusive and attuned eating strategies. She owns central North Carolina’s group nutrition private practice and premier source of eating disorder treatment and prevention, BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy. Julie also produces and hosts the weekly podcast, Love Food.
Josée Sovinsky, RD
Josée Sovinsky is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist who specializes in eating disorders, intuitive eating and community nutrition. is a non-diet, weight inclusive, feminist, and Health At Every Size® dietitian. She believes people of all sizes, genders, ages, races, levels of disability, and class deserve nourishment, wellbeing and happiness. She uses motivational interviewing to guide her clients in adopting intuitive eating and mindful eating skills. She allows people to take up space and share their stories with vulnerability and authenticity. She strives to be an ally in people's journey by creating an environment where they feel empowered instead of telling them "what to eat and do". She feels eating isn't meant to be filled with guilt, shame or regret, and strives to support you in freeing yourself from the dieting or disordered eating trap.
For over two decades as a leading voice and face in the fashion industry, Emme is the iconic and world renown supermodel. With the conviction that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, Emme has paved the way and given women a voice to feel beautiful and empowered.
A TV personality, brand spokesperson, model, consultant, author, creative director of her EMME®, mebyEMME®, and TrueBeautybyEMME® clothing lines, cancer survivor, lecturer, former Revlon spokeswoman and globally recognized women’s advocate for positive body image and self-esteem, Emme’s message is clear – to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us, to be whole. She is the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. with a mission to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders and is the co-founder in it’s 5th year with Syracuse University - a first of it’s kind, Fashion Without Limits: Changing The Face of Fashion, a inclusive global fashion design initiative, teaching future fashion designers how to design for all women size 0-24+.