Agenda

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.

Case Studies

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. A panel of expert mentors and a highly engaged wisdom-full audience offer game-changing advice and insights.

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

One-on-One Mentors & Workshops

Afternoons are dedicated to one-on-one 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!

Please reach out if you have a bright idea for a high impact workshop or are interested in being a one-on-one mentor.

True Confessions

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.

Discover who will share their stories at SVI this year

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.

The moments in between…

It all happens in one of the most beautiful places on the planet: Cortes Island. Hollyhock’s delicious farm-to-table meals tie the conference community and agenda together.

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

8:00 am
8:30 am
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11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
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4:30 pm
5:00 pm
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6:00 pm
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8:30 pm
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10:00 pm
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11:00 pm
11:30 pm
12:00 am
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Check-In
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Opening Reception
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Dinner & Hollyhock Orientation
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

True Confessions
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SVI True Confessions allow us to hear from inspirational leaders who share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in creating businesses that matter. These intimate “confessions” reveal the challenges and success of building businesses focuses on the triple bottom line.

Thursday, Sept. 12
Thursday, Sept. 12
Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Case Study
9:15 am - 11:00 am

Case Studies are central to Hollyhock’s Social Venture Institute model and where some of the greatest learning happens. They are an opportunity for organizations to share a key challenge with a panel of experts and the gathering as a whole for constructive feedback, advice and direction.

Every morning we feature a Case Study. Presenters describe their entrepreneurial challenge and answer follow-up questions from a panel of experts, then the audience. Reflection and advice are then given about leading a social venture business, while the presenter listens silently. Both experts and audience provide practical and personal insight. Most of us in the room learn alongside our courageous entrepreneur, who opens up the rarely revealed inside story.

Marketplace of Ideas
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

This is your opportunity to share in front of the entire group. These fast paced two-minute presentations allow you to share inspiring news about your business. This is your chance to pitch an idea or make that ask for what you really need. What have you come to Social Venture Institute to raise awareness about?

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshops
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dinner
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

True Confessions
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Evening Gathering
10:00 pm - 12:00 am

Friday, Sept. 13
Friday, Sept. 13
Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Case Study
9:15 am - 11:00 am

Case Studies are central to Hollyhock’s Social Venture Institute model and where some of the greatest learning happens. They are an opportunity for organizations to share a key challenge with a panel of experts and the gathering as a whole for constructive feedback, advice and direction.

Every morning we feature a Case Study. Presenters describe their entrepreneurial challenge and answer follow-up questions from a panel of experts, then the audience. Reflection and advice are then given about leading a social venture business, while the presenter listens silently. Both experts and audience provide practical and personal insight. Most of us in the room learn alongside our courageous entrepreneur, who opens up the rarely revealed inside story.

Peer Coaching Circles
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

We gather in small groups for these interactive problem solving sessions. Each person can share a challenge and receive loving peer reflection in a safe, intimate space. High value for your own enterprise.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

One-on-Ones & Hollyhock Activities
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The One-on-One model is a peer mentorship program. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the individuals whose experience and knowledge best align with the questions you’ve brought to Social Venture Institute Hollyhock. You can connect with them individually and book a mutually convenient 30 minute session over meals and during free time. One-one-ones can be a walk in the forest or along the beach, or a conversation on the lodge lawn.

Dinner
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ignite
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ignite is all about big thinking, awesome ideas and plenty of fun in half the time. Join us for this series of speedy presentations consisting of 20 slides timed to auto advance every 15 seconds. This year’s presenters have prepared deep and meaningful stories.

Evening Gathering
10:00 pm - 12:00 am

Saturday, Sept. 14
Saturday, Sept. 14
Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am

Case Study
9:15 am - 11:00 am

Case Studies are central to Hollyhock’s Social Venture Institute model and where some of the greatest learning happens. They are an opportunity for organizations to share a key challenge with a panel of experts and the gathering as a whole for constructive feedback, advice and direction.

Every morning we feature a Case Study. Presenters describe their entrepreneurial challenge and answer follow-up questions from a panel of experts, then the audience. Reflection and advice are then given about leading a social venture business, while the presenter listens silently. Both experts and audience provide practical and personal insight. Most of us in the room learn alongside our courageous entrepreneur, who opens up the rarely revealed inside story.

Business Problem Solving Sessions
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

These sessions are an excellent opportunity for participants to bring their business and organization challenges to an informal forum of experts and peers. They’re shorter versions of the case study model where presenters lay out their challenge and the participants in the room ask clarifying questions and offer advice.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshops
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dinner
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

True Confessions
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Evening Gathering
10:00 pm - 12:00 am