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 &
True Confessions speaker

We invite you to join a hundred other kickass women leaders for three days of business problem solving, storytelling, wisdom sharing, deep thinking, innovative learning, reflecting, and connecting. Our collective goal is to galvanize mission-driven enterprise leaders to create regenerative economic systems that are equitable and prosperous for all. 

SVI Women provides an intimate, confidential, and brave space to explore new ideas, build useful skills and generate relationships that will help your business grow and your CEO self to thrive. Expect an intense and rejuvenating experience. You’ll leave with a renewed sense of possibility and a network of supportive peers who, like you, are changing the world. 

SVI Women is the perfect opportunity to invest in YOURSELF and the essential work you’re doing to make the world a more just and sustainable place for all.


SVI’s mission is to help social venture entrepreneurs, social-enterprise leaders and change-makers build successful enterprises that create sustainable and just economies. 

Since 1998, the SVI conference has been hosted across North America and most consistently at the spectacularly beautiful Hollyhock Retreat Center on Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada. SVI Hollyhock has empowered and connected multiple generations of mission-driven entrepreneurs in unimaginable ways. 

SVI emerged from the Social Venture Circle (SVC), a membership network of mission-driven leaders whose mission was shaped by notable CEO’s from companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Aveda, Clif Bar, Eileen Fisher, Birkenstock, Stonyfield Farm, Seventh Generation, and The Body Shop.

SVI Women was developed three years ago by two veterans of the Social Venture Institute model, Martha Belcher and Pamela Chaloult. They are joined by a producer circle of women entrepreneurs, leaders, activists and changemakers. 


SVI Women is primarily geared for founders and leaders of established businesses and non-profit social enterprises. Space is reserved for emerging enterprise leaders, social change leaders, artists, and specialists in fields and areas that connect and crossover into venture space.

We welcome all women and femmes, including trans women and people who identify as non-binary. 

Pre-approval is required prior to registration. Click here to apply.

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, SVI Women Participant

Photos by Cheri Hudnut, Roots & Shoots, Photography

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

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