Indra Lahiri, PhD is the founder of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary as well as a speaker, author, consultant, and executive coach. She has over twenty years of experience rescuing thousands of animals of a wide variety of species, in countries around the world. In addition, she has taught, mentored, coached and keynote addressed more than 10,000 people on a range of topics that are always, at their core, based on ethical leadership and compassion for all. Her award-winning blog is followed by nearly 20,000 subscribers on every continent.. Indra has been a featured speaker at both the National and International Animal Rights Conferences for the last several years. Indra is co-founder and co-organizer of the newly formed Global Coalition of Farm Sanctuaries, which creates a safety net for animals in sanctuaries, a support system for those running sanctuaries, and a simpler means for sanctuaries to communicate and coordinate with one another.
In addition to her work with rescue animals, as the founder of Global Inclusion Strategies, Indra provides expert coaching and support on communicating across differences. She is the author of an academic book chapter, a critically acclaimed manager’s guidebook, several research reports, and numerous articles on cultural competence and leadership. Having experienced firsthand the benefits of close friendships with animals, Indra has expanded her focus to helping other humans reap the same rewards. Indra is now combining her two loves by offering inspirational keynote talks, one-on-one coaching, workshops, and retreats to help humans and other animals communicate.
The sanctuary is not named after Indra, but rather she is named after the Hindu God Indra who created Indraloka (Sanskrit name for the heaven for the Gods). She has dedicated her life to helping traumatized animals rediscover joy, love, and trust.
Elissa B. Katz, Esq.
Elissa B. Katz, Esq. is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Meranze, Katz & Gaudioso, P.C. She received her BA in Political Science from the George Washington University and JD from Temple University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Elissa is the Chair of the PBA Animal Law Committee and a course planner of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Annual Animal Law Conference. She is President of Humane PA PAC, Pennsylvania’s Political Voice for Animals, a non-partisan committee working to end cruelty to animals in Pennsylvania through public policy. Elissa previously served on the Board of Directors of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and The Humane League. She is currently a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader with the Humane Society of the United States. Elissa shares her home with four cats and a turtle.
Sheila N. Cutler
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Sheila studied Respiratory Therapy at Columbus State University and has been employed by numerous veterinarians. She became a Reiki Master in 2021.
She has served on the Board of The Montessori School of Scranton and is the founding Vice President of The Calligraphers Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
She sat on the board of The Jewish Family Services and was chosen Volunteer of the Year for 2012.
Sheila and her husband Michael are the parents of four grown children and have 14 grandchildren who they love to visit in Israel and Los Angeles.
Since concluding a prolific professional cycling career that produced a medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, eight U.S. national championships, two Pan American gold medals, and a world record, Dotsie Bausch has become a powerful influencer for plant-based eating for athletes and non-athletes alike. Named one of the top 20 most influential vegans in the world by VegNews magazine, she uses her soapbox, and her degree in plant-based nutrition, to advocate for dietary justice, planet earth, and animals.
Never one to shy away from facing staggering odds – just like she did in the Olympics while riding for Team USA, whose unlikely and triumphant story is chronicled in the Netflix documentary Personal Gold – she founded the non-profit Switch4Good. Switch4Good, an evidence-based nonprofit disrupting the disinformation Big Dairy feeds the public, works with health experts, athletes, social justice warriors, enlightened policymakers, and progressive corporations to promote ethical lifestyles and widespread behavioral change related to how we eat. Switch4Good launched in 2018 with a television commercial featuring six Olympians from four different countries who prove that cow’s milk is not part of a high-performance diet. The groundbreaking commercial
aired on NBC during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremonies and on ABC during the Academy Awards broadcast; since its inception, its campaigns have reached 363 million people. Bausch is also one of the stars of the documentary The Game Changers directed by Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by Oscar-
winner James Cameron.
Bausch speaks passionately around the world, spreading her message about the numerous benefits – humane, nutritional and environmental – of plant-based eating. Long before embodying radiant health and becoming an influential game changer, Bausch struggled for years with severe eating disorders and a recreational drug habit, a combination that triggered a suicide attempt. It was during her recovery that she discovered her gift and love for the bike.
Nabiha Basathia is a passionate, ethical vegan and an animal rights advocate. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2004 with a BA in Economics. Nabiha began her career in investment banking at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, with transaction experience including buyside and sellside M&A, and debt and equity capital raising for public and private companies. In 2009, she resigned to start a family, which has now grown to three boys. During Nabiha’s tenure outside of a full-time corporate job, she has provided strategic and financial consulting for plant-based businesses in Los Angeles. In early 2022, Nabiha opened a vegan restaurant in Hollywood, called The Gray Zebra, with the primary focus being accessible, health-supportive plant-based meals.