“The opportunity to build community with the badass
change-makers of SVIW has been a transformative and awakening
experience at a pivotal time in my growth.”
– Caesaré Assad, Food System 6

The curated model of the SVI agenda is the secret sauce that makes this conference uniquely engaging. It’s designed to provoke deep and supportive conversations and candid knowledge sharing. Peer to peer mentoring is at the core. Warning: Participation at SVI Women may cause unparalleled truth telling, imaginative storytelling, rare vulnerability, generosity, solutions and barrier breaking authenticity. 


We’ll start every day with the heartbeat of the SVI model – an interactive entrepreneurial case study. During the case study, an entrepreneur describes their enterprise and a problem that they are currently struggling to resolve and we provide a panel of expert mentors and a highly engaged wisdom-full audience to offer one-of-a-kind advice and insights that is game changing. 


Afternoons are dedicated to peer mentoring and high impact skill-building workshops.

One-on-one’s are a rare and invaluable opportunity to have a deep and authentic discussion with a talented mentor. Leaders with a wide range of skills and knowledge volunteer for peer mentoring throughout the event.  Bring a challenge and get answers! Interested in offering your skills as a one-on-one mentor? Learn more here


Evenings are enlivened by one of the most unique parts of the SVI model – True Confessions, which are authentic storytelling sessions from established business leaders who share their personal journey, struggles, triumphs and failures in a candid and intimate format. Bring a tissue (there may be tears) and the questions you’ve been afraid to ask (until now).

Past leaders who have shared their secrets and struggles in a SVI True Confession include: 

  • Mary Waldner, Mary’s Gone Crackers
  • Kit Crawford, Clifbar
  • Akaya Winwood, Wisebridge
  • Medea Benjamin, CodePink
  • Greg Steltenpohl, Odwalla, Califia Farms
  • Margot Fraser, Birkenstock
  • Gregor Robertson, Happy Planet Foods, Former Mayor of Vancouver
  • Amy Hall, Eileen Fisher
  • Sallie Calhoun & Esther Park, Cienega Capital
  • Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm

And so many more.


While at SVI Women, we encourage you to take advantage of  the offerings of yoga, meditation, reflective journaling, labyrinth walking, community building, singing, laughter and an inspiring landscape while you work on growing your business and strengthening your leadership.  

Feel free to peruse last year’s agenda by clicking here.

If you are interested in presenting a case study, please complete our case study application

And please reach out via email (sviwomen@gmail.com) if you have a bright idea for a high impact workshop or are interested in being a one-on-one mentor. 

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