Diane Hatz

Founder & Executive Director, TEDxManhattan (sustainable food)
New York, NY, United States

About Diane


Diane is Founder & Executive Director of Change Food, a nonprofit program that raises public awareness and educates consumers about problems and solutions with today's food and farming system. She is also the organizer/host for TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat", a one-day, independently organized TED event on sustainable food. The event will feature live and recorded talks and will be simulcast live around the country. More information can be found at www.TEDxManhattan.org.
Previously, Diane was co-founder and director of The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming, as well as founder and director of Sustainable Table where she developed and managed creative projects to raise awareness and educate consumers about sustainable food and farming. She is Executive Producer and was head of marketing for the critically acclaimed animated films The Meatrix, The Meatrix II: Revolting, and The Meatrix II The movies won numerous awards, including a Webby and one at SXSW. She is a founder of the Eat Well Guide, an online consumer directory of sustainable food in the United States and Canada. She also worked with a team of consultants based nationally to identify and hold accountable CAFO's (concentrated animal feeding operations - or factory farms) and to help communities dealing with industrial animal operations.



TED Conferences

TEDActive 2015, TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011, TEDActive 2010, TED2009

Areas of Expertise

Local sustainable food, Marketing Not-for-profit organizations, Grassroots Marketing

An idea worth spreading

We all matter.

I'm passionate about

Truth, honesty, compassion - and local food!

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Comments & conversations

Diane Hatz
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should people be uninvited from TED talks due to not being Nonprofit?
As the organizer of TEDxManhattan, I am deeply sorry that Karen Washington has decided to withdraw her speaking slot on the program on February 16th. Ms. Washington was asked many months ago to speak about racism and disparity in the food system and had been given an open stage to speak as she saw fit. The TEDxManhattan organizers believe Ms. Washington has a powerful voice that should, and needs, to be heard – we are sorry that she has chosen to silence herself. We are also sorry that Ms. Fields was not willing to work toward a speaking slot for the 2014 TEDxManhattan event. After re-evaluation, the organizers felt she wasn’t quite ready for this particular type of event but were more than willing to hold a spot open for her in the future. We take seriously the right of all people to have access to fresh, healthy, nutritious and affordable food and are deeply saddened that this issue will now not be addressed at TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”. Diane Hatz