“The value of SVI Women is being in a room full of competent, wise and generous entrepreneurs, investors and change-makers who practice what they preach. This value is incalculable for anyone wanting to learn and grow in their own lives. Add to that a beautiful setting in the glorious hills of Northern CA, fabulous facilitation, and all of those people being WOMEN, and you have a recipe for perfection!”
Mary Waldner, Co-Founder, Mary’s Gone Crackers &
2018 True Confessions speaker

Social Venture Institute (SVI) Women offers the mission-based entrepreneur an opportunity to share challenges, successes, and experiences with peers in an atmosphere of trust and goodwill. Each attendee brings a commitment of social change to their enterprise, whether a for-profit business or a non-profit organization. Since 1997, SVI has provided over 3,000 entrepreneurs the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, network with other social enterprise leaders, and rejuvenate their passion and vision.  SVI Women builds upon the success of SVI Hollyhock and will provide the essential practical skills and a supportive environment while giving attendees the opportunity to grow an intimate network of other women business leaders.

We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to fine tune business strategies, learn best practices for solving problems and build long lasting relationships with business peers and mentors. We welcome all women including trans-women and people whose gender is non-binary. This an invitational event that will fill quickly.

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SVI Women Bay Area 2019 takes place Wednesday, April 10-Friday, April 12.

Registration for the conference is $550 and does not include accommodations. Save 15% with early bird rates until January 15, 2019. 

Why Attend?

Intentionally Designed to Foster Growth

The format of SVI Women is highly interactive and experiential. Participants present their business problems to a panel of experienced business leaders and fellow participants. In return, they receive advice, tools, and resources to strengthen and grow their enterprise in a socially conscious way. Based on evaluations and testimonials, participants uniformly reflect that SVI is one of the best investments they’ve made in growing their social purpose enterprises.

Supportive and Experienced Network

The combination of high quality mentors, a confidential and supportive environment, and a practical problem-solving format enables participants to acquire a rich portfolio of skills, a plan to grow their social purpose organization, and a network of contacts to support their enterprise. SVI participants are first or second-stage entrepreneurs who face challenges in growing an enterprise while maintaining a social mission.

Unique Format for Out of the Box Results

Take advantage of this opportunity to fine tune business strategies, learn best practices for solving problems and build long lasting relationships with business peers and mentors. Get direct feedback for your current business challenges from a faculty of successful socially responsible enterprise leaders. Hear inspiring “True Confessions” – personal stories from experienced entrepreneurs and their struggles to reach success combining social mission with business.


  • Share innovative ideas to help improve the way you manage, promote and finance your businesses and projects;
  • Take time out from working IN the business to allow yourself to work ON the business.
  • Build a stronger sense of community, cooperation, mission and effectiveness; and
  • Experience the deep rejuvenation integral to the learning journey.

“I came away with a new appreciation for my own business,
and with a feeling of being connected to a larger purpose and
to other women doing incredible work in the world.”
Christa Rybczynski, 2018 Participant

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SVI Women Bay Area Producing Team
SVI Women Bay Area Producing Team

SVI Women was an up-leveling experience that wove magic,
merriment and moxie together with radical candor and high participation.”
– Julie Wilder, 2018 participant 

Social Venture Institute Women Bay Area
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