GREATER PHILLY GLUTEN FREE EXPO SPEAKERS
JULES SHEPARD, Author & Advocate
Gluten-Free Food Labeling & Food Safety 12:00 pm, GF Bread Baking How-To 2:30 pm
Jules Shepard (gfJules) has been highly visible in the gluten-free community since 2007 with the publication of her first gluten free cookbook. Since then, she founded her first namesake company (formerly Jules Gluten Free, now gfJules), authored two more award-winning published books, became Associate Editor of Living Without’s Gluten Free & More in 2014, resigned her position with her first company and started gfJules.com to produce compromise-free GF baking mixes and flour.
As a passionate gluten-free advocate, Jules has also had a busy career beginning when the FDA appeared stuck in neutral regarding long-overdue gluten-free food labeling regulations. Recognizing the dangers of unregulated gluten-free food labeling, Jules brought the gluten-free community together in 2011 by co-founding 1in133.org and building an 11-foot-tall, one-ton gluten-free cake in Washington D.C. to get the FDA’s attention. This event galvanized the gluten-free community, raising $50,000 for the cause, garnering 10,000 signatures in two months, and prompting the FDA Deputy Secretary to personally attend the event – at which promises to fast-track the regulations were made and kept, resulting in the finalization of the regulations in August of 2014.
Jules continued her advocacy by exposing other dangerous practices in manufacturing and in the restaurant industry, and promoted awareness and education around safe gluten-free products. She travels extensively, teaching about living safely and happily gluten free, and raising the standards of the gluten free community by sharing easy and reliable recipes, videos and products that bring baking success even to those who have never baked before.
Jules also personally pens the #1 voted Gluten Free Blog, hosts a popular podcast (The Gluten Free Voice), and continues to run her award-winning gluten-free flour and baking mixes company. She can be found at gfJules.com and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as Jules Shepard on Google+ and Pinterest.
Alice Bast, President and CEO of Beyond Celiac
Does the Future Hold a Cure? Your Role in Research 1:15 pm
Alice Bast’s personal experience with celiac disease ignited her passion to help the estimated three million Americans suffering from the disease receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
Alice is widely regarded as a celiac disease expert and has been a keynote speaker at major medical and allied health industry events, plus culinary and foodservice industry conferences.
Alice and Beyond Celiac have supported research throughout the organization’s 10-year history. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Beyond Celiac the first-ever grant to conduct research in the field of gluten in medications, an area that Beyond Celiac has long championed.
Alice’s story has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, US News & World Report, and on nationally televised programs such as ABC’s “The View” and CNN. Among her accomplishments, Alice co-authored an article titled “Celiac Disease and Reproductive Health Issues,” which was published in the Journal of Practical Gastroenterology. She was the Principal Investigator on an NIH funded grant titled, “Novel Educational Aids for Celiac Disease.” Alice was also awarded the 90th Annual Philadelphia Award in May 2011, one of the city’s most prestigious honors given each year to a citizen who has acted and served on behalf of the best interests of the community. And, she has been awarded the SmartCEO Brava Award recognizing exceptional women leaders in the Greater Philadelphia community.
In May 2011, Alice was awarded the 90th annual Philadelphia Award, one of the city’s most prestigious honors given each year to a citizen who has acted and served on behalf of the best interests of the community. Alice works out of the Ambler, PA office.