We are honored and excited to announce... 
Jennifer Stojkovic as the 2022 Beacon Award recipient! 

The word Beacon symbolizes many things including a person that illuminates or inspires. 

The Beacon Award, presented on behalf of The Foodservice Council for Women and The Food and Beverage Portfolio Tradeshows, was created to recognize a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. 

Mark your calendars as Jennifer is not to be missed! We look forward to honoring this Beacon in the industry!




Jennifer Stojkovic is a food-tech leader, founder of Vegan Women Summit (VWS), and author of The Future of Food is Female.

In 2020, Jennifer founded Vegan Women Summit (VWS), a global media and events platform focused on empowering women to build a kinder, more sustainable world. VWS produces The Vegan Women Summit flagship conference, VWS Pathfinder, the world’s only pitch competition for women founders in the plant-based and animal-free industry, and VWS Connect, the industry’s food-tech job networking series. Since inception, VWS Pathfinder has reached over 1,000 women founders across 31 countries, while VWS Connect has connected over 2,000 jobseekers with major employers in the industry including, Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and Miyoko’s. The VWS community reaches over 40,000 women professionals across six continents, including founders, investors, executives, and industry advocates.

In addition to VWS, Jennifer is an investor, advisor, and board member of numerous startups, including Lighter and MeliBio. As a strategic leader in the industry, she has led and advised on numerous projects including Hollywood films, presidential fundraisers, and PR campaigns. Most recently, she was an advisor on Richard Branson’s 2021 film, Eating Our Way to Extinction.

Prior to entering the food tech industry, Jennifer built her career under prolific Silicon Valley investor, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel. Jennifer has worked closely with the world's largest technology firms, such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, and with the CEOs of high-growth startups like WeWork, Cruise, and Postmates.

Jennifer has spoken at notable conferences, like Dreamforce and the World Knowledge Forum, as well as leading educational institutions including Harvard University, Berkeley University, and Duke University. She is a contributor to Rolling Stone and a board member or advisor to several nonprofits, including Mercy for Animals, The Better Food Foundation, and Charlie’s Acres.

After years of empowering and supporting women leaders, Jennifer now shares these inspiring insights and learnings in The Future of Food is Female — the industry’s first book to elevate women working in alternative protein and food technology. Featuring original interviews from industry titans, such as Heather Mills, Miyoko Schinner, and Pinky Cole, Jennifer’s work has received early praise from notable founders and CEOs, including Kyle Vogt, Uma Valeti, and Josh Tetrick. She hopes this book empowers future generations to reevaluate and change how we collectively approach food.

Please Join Us In Congratulating The Following Women Who Have Received The Beacon Award

Madelyn Alfano
President & CEO, Maria's Italian Kitchen

Amanda Cohen,
Owner/Chef, Dirt Candy

Jilly Stephens,
CEO, City Harvest

Dominique Crenn, 
Chef/Co-Owner, Atelier Crenn

Kathleen Blake,
Chef/Owner, The Rusty Spoon

Carol B. Dover,
President/CEO, The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Kelli Valade,
President, Chili's® Grill & Bar

Edna Morris,
Managing Director, Axum Capital Partners

Sara Moulton, Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Personality