Public Speaker/

conference/webinar Presenter

Hi! I’m Mary Purdy, Integrative and Functional Eco-Dietitian.

“I want to let you know that you are a very, very, very good speaker! You’re smart, playful, knowledgeable, welcoming, non-threatening, informative, content-forward and downright fun to listen to. Rarely have I had the pleasure of watching such a great presenter in action!”

Denise Dudley

Ph.D. Founder, SkillPath

5 Minute “Ted Talk-like” presentation “Saving the Planet with your Fork” that Mary gave at “Ignite Seattle”

Seeking a speaker for your health-related conference, symposium or webinar series?

I have a wide range of experience with, and a true passion for public speaking and education.

I’ve been adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 2015, have spoken at  dozens of national conferences, given over 100+ professional webinars  and talks to dietitians and healthcare providers as well as  communuity workshops, and was the 2019 Commencement Speaker for Bastyr University.

Additionally, before becoming a dietitian, I was a professional actor for 10 years in New York City in a career that included stand-up comedy.

I’m a Trained Climate Reality Leader and able to give a free 30 minute presentation to your group or organization on the climate crisis and food systems solutions.

Mary’s upcoming and recent appearances at symposiums / conferences and online webinars

Examples of topics available with some links to watch below:

“On behalf of Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, (MiAND) thank you so much for an outstanding presentation.  You were amazing, so energetic and passionate. Great messaging. Thank you for all that you do. The evals have all said excellent.”

Susanne Consiglio, RDN

Executive Director, MiAND

Past Speaker/Presenter at:

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Conference  (20182019, & 2022)

  • “An Integrative and Functional Nutrition Approach to Thyroid Health”
  • “Your Brain on Food: Nutrition for the Mind”
  • “People, Planet, Purpose”
integrative healthcare symposium logo

Integrative Healthcare Symposium, 2020

  • Practical Nutrition Strategies to Support Planetary Health Guidelines”

FNCE: Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, 2019

  • “Detoxification: Evaluating the Science and Implications for Practice”

Integrative Practitioner: Microbiome Summit, 2021

  • “Nourishing The Microbiome Nation With Healthy Diet And Lifestyle Habits”
Today's Dietitian: The Magazine for Nutrition Professionals

Today’s Dietitian Virtual Symposium , 2020

  • “Let’s Talk Detox! How RDN’s Can Reclaim the Cleanse”

IM4US* (Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Conference, 2019

  • “Beyond Quinoa: Healthy Dietary Strategies for All”

Washington State Academy of Dietetics Conference (2015 & 2017)

  • “Your Brain on Food: Nutrition for the Mind”
  • “Detoxification: The Role of the RD”

The Austin Registered Dietitians Alliance  Symposium (2018 & 2019)

  • “A Crash Course in Integrative and Functional Medicine for Dietitians”
  • “Getting Your Vitamin ZZZ’s: The Role of Sleep on Health

“Mary, I was awed by your presentation and want to express my thanks. I loved your focus on food production and consumption as a system and on the importance of making the system renewable. Your approach to behavioral change is good psychology. Food is a great place for people to take their first steps in addressing climate change, and one step usually leads to another.”

Bruce D.

I have also offered numerous webinars and in-person professional presentations for the below:

  •  Dietitian Central
    • “Nourishing The Microbiome Nation With Healthy Diet And Lifestyle Habits”
    • “An Integrative and Functional Nutrition Approach to Thyroid Health”
  •  Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine
    • “Aint Nothing Like the Real Thing:Whole Foods as Medicine”
    • “Eating to Save the Planet: The Role of the RDN”
    • “Addressing PMS with Diet & Lifestyle
  • Greater Seattle Dietetic Association
    • “How and Why We Eat: Food and Mood”
    • “Navigating Menopause with Integrative Diet and Lifestyle Strategies”
  •  The below is a list of additional ready-to -go offerings which I have given online or in-person and can be given as professional presentations for those in the health profession for CEU’s.  See my “Instructor & Educator” page for additional offerings.
    • Food Systems and Climate Change: The Role of Integrative Practitioners
    • Integrative Nutrition Approaches to Hypertension
    • Trialing Therapeutic Diets: Paleo; GFCF, SCD

Community Talks At Conference, Business, Or Community Organization

Need a talk for your business or community organization?  I can offer those too as time permits.

  • How and Why We Eat: The Food Mood Connection
  • The Health and Environmental Benefits of Plant Based Diets
  • Squashing the 3pm Slump: Eating to Energize!
  • Beyond Broccoli: Eating for Energy, Immunity and Wellbeing
  • Beyond Mac n’ Cheese: Healthy Munchin’ for Kids
  • Lose the Salt, Keep the Flavor: Sodium Alternatives
  • Sweet Tooth Therapy: Managing Cravings & Finding Tasty Treats
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget
  • Making Sense of Food Sensitivities
  • Beyond Oatmeal: Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

Do you have another topic in mind?

Past Community / Business Place Speaking Engagements

  • Google
  • Starbucks
  • Fred Hutchison Research Center
  • Port of Seattle
  • Snohomish County
  • Seattle University
  • Laird Norton
  • Hope Heart Institute
  • Snohomish County
  • Evergreen Hospital
  • Seattle Housing Authority
  • CIFR Incorporated/CAMMS Shelters
  • Wellspring Family Services
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Digipen University

Mary Purdy is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University in WA state. Before transitioning into working in sustainable and regenerative food systems, she was in clinical practice using an integrative/holistic approach to diet, health & wellness. She believes that food is  health and food is medicine

Here’s the skinny on my creds…

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition (MS) from Bastyr University. I have 12+ years of professional nutrition experience: counseling 1-on-1, presenting at numerous national conferences, designing courses, speaking to groups, writing articles, and training other professionals. All this in clinics, at corporations, in colleges & universities, in a nutrition textbook, via online webinars, in magazines, on the radio, and on TV. I am also a foodie activist and have been a leader in the nutrition field, championing the role of the dietitian as well as connecting and networking with numerous individuals and organizations all in name of making this world healthier and more sustainable.

Currently, I am:

  • Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University, teaching in both the Nutrition and Naturopathic departments as well as the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine department.  (Since 2015)
  • On staff Dietitian for the Kris Carr Inner Circle  Wellness  Online community.
  • Consultant and Active Committee Member with numerous organizations such as:
    • Planetary Health Collective
    • Global Meatless Mondays Platform
    • Food and Climate Alliance
    • Food Justice Project  with the Community Alliance for Global Justice
    • Health and Climate Crisis Committee at Bastyr University
  • Past Chair of  and current Board Member of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine  & Board Member of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (practice groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with 5000+ members)
  • Host of “The Nutrition Show” Podcast and Web series (formerly “Mary’s Nutrition Show”
  • Faculty/Instructor at Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy, Dietitian Central and Catalyst
  • Contributing author of Krause’s Food & The Nutrition Care Process
  • Author of the book “The Microbiome Reset Diet”

Past experience:

  • Clinical Education Lead & Coach at the Scientific Wellness company, Arivale in Seattle (2015-2019)
  • Private practice in Seattle, WA (Nourishing Balance), 8 years (2007-2015)
  • Clinical Supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, (2010-2015)
  • RDN at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 2 years (2008-2010)
  • Past Board Member and President of the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association. (2006-2011)
  • Please see my Linked In Profile for more detailed information

What People Are Saying 

I left inspired by Mary Purdy's passion for living a sustainable lifestyle, reducing food waste and packaging, and overall paying more attention to our food system as a whole. While I felt as though I was doing my part by recycling and composting, Mary shared ideas for how we all can promote and encourage taking small additional steps toward improving our food system and our planet.

- Krista Ulatowski, Workshop participant

Great show! I love the playful way you share this information!

What a fun video, Mary! I'm so happy to see eggs (and cholesterol) being vindicated with such delicious humor. And thanks so much for sticking up for hens- they like to eat right, too! You and Hocus Focus Media did such a great job. I look forward to more!

I love this podcast because it's the info you really need to know. It's science based but open minded. And the episodes are done in this clever, contemporary way. I'm addicted to this podcast!

Mary delivers solid nutritional data in a creative, lighthearted way. She wraps scientific facts in a humorous and witty package to engage her audience. Thank you for helping me learn health facts while having fun.

I love that these episodes make nutrition so easy to swallow. Get it? Easy to swallow?! Love your show Mary!!

Love Your Show Mary! Amazing way to capture audience's interest while teaching important topics.

I really like your show; since I started watching your show, my fasting blood sugar has gone down from 125 to 104! I thanked my dietitians too.

Work With Mary

Let's connect and discuss how I can educate and inspire your audience or team to take steps to improve their personal health as well as the health of their community and the planet.

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