What kind of work do you do/business do you run?
I consult with plant-based brands large and small. I am also the creator and host of The Plantbased Business Hour and the Awesome Vegans Influencer Series, both of which are weekly series. I cover plant-based news for mainstream media and speak on the state of plant-based business for a variety of audiences and business sectors.
What do you love about it?
I love working to make the food supply system animal-free and healthier for people and the planet. I love knowing that in my lifetime I will see these results.
What’s your ‘why’ in life? What drives you?
Helping animals drives me. Knowing that I am a part of a group of people who are changing the world drives me. The strong interest and growth of the Plantbased Business Hour is so motivating because, through the dissemination of information, I am helping plant-based start-ups and attracting new investors into the plant-based space. This is also why I love consulting to plant-based start-ups. For a safe and secure future, we need a safe and secure food supply…and that’s plant-based foods. So, it is a joy to help start-ups get up and running or go to the next level.
Why are you a member of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network?
I am thrilled to see so many powerful vegan women taking the reins. I want to support them as much as I can.
What’s been the biggest highlight or ‘wow’ moment of your career/business/professional life?
One actually can change the world.
How do you handle failures, fear and disappointment?
Learn from it, pick yourself up and move on. Nose to the grindstone, eyes to the sky!
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
You must advocate for yourself. Everyone has an opinion on what you should do. It’s fine to hear them, but ultimately, you have to listen to yourself. This has never led me astray.
Which women inspire you and why?
Jane Goodall for her unending grace. Oprah for her willingness to turn her popular show into a voice for good. Janet Pelosi for ripping up Trump’s State of the Union Address on television.
What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced and how has it helped mould who you are now?
I am a do-er. Do-ers do. I tend to do a lot and really have to make sure I don’t flirt too closely with burnout. That said, I sure get a lot done!
What’s your super-power? What are you amazing at?
I can read people pretty quickly and my gut is never wrong.
What brings you joy?
Nature: always and endlessly (this includes animals, of course.)
How do you define success, and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?
Success is ending factory farming. Let’s get to work team because I am expecting it to end in my lifetime.
What’s your vision for yourself and your business/career for the future?
I intend to treat myself to the joy of reading gobs of books on a remote and quiet beach the minute factory farming collapses. Until then, I am deeply focused on the growth of the Plantbased Business Hour series and consulting to plant-based start-ups. We are going to need more than Beyond and Impossible if we are going to feed the world a plant-based diet, so I love helping businesses get up and running so that they can take off and replace meat and dairy products.
Elysabeth Alfano is an award-winning media personality. She is one of the executive producers and chefs on the Amazon Prime hit vegan cooking show, New Day New Chef and, under her production company, Fear No ART, she produces and hosts the weekly Awesome Vegans Influencer Series and the bi-weekly Plantbased Business Hour. Find out more at her website.