Every year, vegans — and many non-vegans! — from around the globe gather at the Vegan Women Summit. The fourth annual VWS, which is open to all genders, will take place in Los Angeles, Calif. in May 2024, and feature more than 100 speakers and brands, plus a number of other experiences.
Hosted every year by VWS founder Jennifer Stojkovic, the 2024 summit is welcoming Maggie Baird as host committee chair, along with celebrity speakers Heather Mills, Elaine Hendrix, and more.
If you're interested in learning more about the Vegan Women Summit 2024, read on for all the details!
Vegan Women Summit 2024 is going down in Los Angeles.
Vegan Women Summit 2024 will take place on May 9, 2024 and May 10, 2024 at the Pacific Design Center in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. This marks the event’s second time taking place in LA.
Here's a look at the schedule:
Thursday, May 9, 2024: On Thursday evening, VWS will welcome VIP guests to an exclusive reception and red carpet event.
Friday, May 10, 2024: Friday will be the main day of the summit, filled with talks and activations from morning till night. On this day, VWS will also host the live VWS Awards. Select finalists for the award include Heather Mills, Ash Kalra, Kitty Block, Sylwia Spurek, and Priyanka Naik.
Jennifer Stojkovic, author of the 2022 book The Future of Food Is Female, founded Vegan Women Summit in early 2020. According to the summit's website, Stojkovic worked in the tech industry for years, and was inspired by "what can happen when the potential of women, particularly women of color, is left untapped."
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring VWS back to our home roots in Hollywood to prove that the future of plant-based is alive and well,” Stojkovic said in a statement shared with Green Matters. “VWS has cemented itself as the industry’s premier event for the future of sustainable innovation and we have even more surprises planned across multiple industries from beauty to food, fashion, and more.”
What celebrities are speaking at Vegan Women Summit 2024?
As previously mentioned, Maggie Baird is serving as VWS 2024’s host committee chair. The vegan activist, environmentalist, and actor is known for founding Support and Feed, and she is also the mother of vegan musicians Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell.
"There are very few events like VWS that are truly building sustainable change, and actually do empower women, foster innovation, and drive positive change in our world,” Baird said in a statement shared with Green Matters.
Elaine Hendrix, known for playing the iconic Meredith in The Parent Trap and Alexis Carrington in Dynasty, is also a passionate vegan and animal lover. The actress is set to appear at the 2024 VWS, after her appearance at the 2023 summit was canceled at the last minute.
Paralympic skier, vegan, and businesswoman Heather Mills will speak at VWS, focusing on the story of how she saved her company Vbites from bankruptcy. From 2002 to 2008, Mills was married to Paul McCartney.
Joanne Molinaro, aka the Korean Vegan
Joanne Molinaro, the chef, cookbook author, and recipe creator behind the Korean Vegan, is confirmed to speak at the summit.
British television host and well-regarded journalist Sharon Carpenter, an outspoken vegan, will speak at VWS.
VWS will welcome former Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole. The proud vegan and environmentalist is also the co-owner of vegan LA restaurant chain Sugar Taco.
Vegan, animal activist, and actress Richa Moorjani, known for playing Kamala on Never Have I Ever and Indira Olmstead on Fargo, will appear at the summit.
How to get tickets to Vegan Women Summit 2024:
Click here to purchase tickets to Vegan Women Summit 2024.
For admission to all of the events between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday May 10, you can buy a ticket for $349 — or, if you're a student or nonprofit worker, you'll pay $249. Along with all the day’s talks and activations, this ticket also gets you into the VWS Top Chef Competition, the VWS Awards Show, and the afterparty.
For $849, you can buy a VIP ticket, which will get you into all of the above, as well as the VWS VIP Reception and Hollywood red carpet experience on Thursday evening, and admission to the full experience on Friday — starting an hour early, at 8 a.m.
This article, originally published on Feb. 21, 2023, has been updated to reflect VWS 2024.