LaDonna Redmond, Keynote Speaker

LaDonna Redmond, Keynote Speaker

2017 WFAN Annual Conference — Celebrating 20 Years!


2017 WFAN Annual Conference
1997 – 2017: Rooted in History, Growing for the Future

Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 2 – 4, 2017
Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, WI

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More than 210 women and men helped WFAN celebrate our 20th anniversary as an organization at this wonderful conference in Madison! See links above for resources and more info.

Keynote speaker: LaDonna Redmond

LaDonna Redmond is a long-time community activist who successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policies to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities. In 2009, Redmond was one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine.

LaDonna launched the Campaign for Food Justice Now. CFJN’s mission is to end all forms of injustice and exploitation in the food system. CFJN seeks a comprehensive approach that includes the social, historical, cultural, environmental and spiritual elements of a solution to food justice.

As an artist, LaDonna is a writer and performer. Her work has been published in numerous books and text books about food and agriculture. Her upcoming book titled I don’t live in a food desert and neither do you will come out spring of 2018.

Since 2013, LaDonna is also the curator and producer of the Soul Food Monologues. Soul Food Monologues is theater for activists, taking eaters through a process that uncovers the story of food in their family and culture. Those stories or monologues are performed on stage in front of a live audience.

Currently, LaDonna is the Diversity and Community Engagement Manager for the Seward Community Co-op in Minneapolis. While working at Seward, LaDonna fulfilled her personal goal of helping to build a co-op grocery store in an urban African-American community. It is known as the Friendship Store, and is the second location for Seward Community Co-op.

Watch her TEDx Manhattan talk at this link.