SVI Women is Now Virtual

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We are at a tipping point. We have the opportunity to create a new path forward that integrates a more feminine way of leading. On this new path, our humanity leads the way and business serves as a tool to support our collective well being. Can you feel it? 

And, these are trying times. Most of us are triaging and working as fast as we can to make the necessary changes in our businesses and organizations to survive. It is a complex and dynamic time.

As part of this new normal, the revamped, virtual SVI Women will provide you with a forum to share your real time struggles, to problem solve and innovate in this new normal, and create community in a brave and carefully curated space. We will gather for ourselves, for our businesses, and for each other. 

At its core, Social Venture Institute (SVI) Women offers an intensive, interactive inquiry into the day-to-day challenges of running a socially conscious enterprise. Attendees take advantage of time away from working IN their businesses to work ON their businesses: fine tuning business strategies, learning best practices, solving problems and building lasting relationships with peers and mentors. As a past participant puts it, SVI Women is “a shero-powered platform for female founders, funders and leaders to share their truths as women in business…”

We welcome all women including trans-women and people whose gender is non-binary.

Week One

Tuesday, April 14, 9:30am-12:30pm PT
Week One: True Confession: Meeting this Moment with Strength & Vulnerability
Speaker: Lisa Lorimer, co-founder and CEO of MamaSezz 

Week Two

Tuesday, April 21, 9:30am-12:30pm PT
Week Two: Case Study Panel: Meeting these Times Head On
Featured Speakers: Caryl Levine, co-founder and co-CEO of Lotus Foods and Ariana Makau, owner of Nzilani Glass Conservation, Inc. 

Week Three

Tuesday, April 28, 9:30-12:30pm PT
Week Three: Peer Advising: Stronger Together
Speaker: Dawn Sherman, COO of Native American Natural Foods (Tanka Bar)

Your registration includes: 

  • All three weekly sessions
  • Access to a growing community of women leaders running mission-driven businesses and social enterprises
  • Curated Slack workspace exclusively for the SVI Women community
  • One-on-one mentorship opportunities
  • Private webpage for bios and photos 
  • Alumnae listserve for needs and offers

Who Should Attend? 

SVI Women is geared towards founders, CEO’s  and leaders of established mission-led businesses and non-profit social enterprises.

Emerging enterprise leaders, social change leaders, artists, and specialists in fields and areas that connect and crossover into venture space are welcomed to consider participating.


$340 Supporter

$240 Standard

$140 Subsidized

Unfortunately we are unable to offer single dates. If you are unable to attend one of the three sessions, we will make recordings available to registered participants. Note: SVI Women is a highly interactive event so please plan on attending the full series. 

*If the price of participation is a barrier, please contact us at

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What is Social Venture Institute?

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. 

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