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Vital Voices is thrilled to share that we’re combining two of our most beloved annual events into one spectacular week of inspiration and action. The Vital Voices Festival and 23rd Global Leadership Awards are taking place on May 29 and 30. We encourage you to reserve your spot by donating to the awards now, as seats are filling up quickly. Below are more details. 

May 29 and 30: 3rd Vital Voices Global Festival
Our Festival serves as a homecoming for our network of women leaders, partners, and supporters from around the world. It will be held at Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership in Washington, DC. The preliminary schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, May 29:

  • 8:30 am – Doors open
  • 9:00 am – 5:45 pm – Festival programming

Thursday, May 30:

  • 8:30 am – Doors open
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Festival programming

The Festival is a free ticketed event. Information on how to attend will be shared soon.  

May 30: 23rd Global Leadership Awards
On the evening of May 30, we’ll transition to the Kennedy Center for our
23rd Annual Global Leadership Awards. This event is a celebration of the remarkable women whose leadership is shaping our world for the better, hence our 2024 theme Leading the Rise. The honorees are Activist Aya Chebbi, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr. Hilda C. Heine, Ed.D., Movement Builder Nika Kovač, Environmentalist and Government Minister Susana Muhamad, and our inaugural Collective Impact Award Honoree, Safecity Global.

Our 2024 Global Trailblazer Honoree is Maria Ressa, who won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her journalistic efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, democracy, and lasting peace.

Esteemed speakers for the evening include Secretary Hillary Rodham ClintonDiane von Furstenberg, Donna Langley, D.B.E., Amna Nawaz, and many more.

The Global Leadership Awards will take place at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. There are a limited number of seats available in the theater. Reserve your seat now.

Thursday, May 30:

  • 6:30 pm – Doors Open
  • 7:30 pm – Awards Presentation
  • 9:00 pm – Post-Awards Reception