Hollyhock Board Chair & Hollyhock’s Leadership Institute Producer
Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm. With $98m assets under management, Renewal Funds invests in organic food, green products, and environmental innovations. Joel is a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance, a 2012 TEDxVancouver speaker, founding member of Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, the Tides Canada Foundation, and is Board Chair of Hollyhock. Joel founded Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock and has been producing it for 20 years. Thank you Joel!
SVI Producer and Facilitator
Vanessa Richards, born in Vancouver, is an artist and community engagement facilitator. Her work focuses on participatory culture and what happens when we turn toward each other. Some of the organizations she’s devised and delivered projects with include PHS Community Services, Broadway Youth Resource Centre, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Simon Fraser University and and Vancouver Park Board. She is the founder and song leader for the drop-in choir, Woodward’s Community Singers, and director of Creative Together, a song based facilitation process bringing song to conferences and gatherings including SVI and SCI with the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. Vanessa volunteers with the Hogan’s Alley Working Group to reinvigorate citizen driven city building. As Director of Community Engagement at 312 Main, she is bridging and renewing local relationships for a collective transformation of the former VPD Headquarters into a coworking community people palace. In Feb 2018, she received the Mayors Achievement Award for her work in community engagement.
SVI Producer and Facilitator
Laurel joined Hollyhock in 2019, where she produces and facilitates the Social Venture Institute.
Laurel’s passion for social innovation and leadership development has led her to cross the continent and the ocean, from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, to THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, to Female Funders (an organization which trains women to become angel investors) in Vancouver, and finally to Hollyhock. Laurel’s facilitation practice is based in applied improv and energy-building.
Emira is the Principal and Lead Strategist of Raised Eyebrow, a values based digital strategy consultancy that works with non-profit organizations and progressive businesses to help them succeed online. She is also the author of The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run and Maintain Her Own Business, a business book for women in small business and a regular speaker, writer and commentator on the topic of women and small business. She has been an SVI producer since 2011.
Hollyhock Board Member, SVI Producer
Pamela is an empathic leader who offers results-focused wisdom to individuals, non profits and for profits. As a natural relationship weaver, Pamela has a history of cultivating high-caliber relationships to instigate change and transformation which she brought to her leadership positions at BALLE, Renewal/ Renewal2 and Social Venture Network (SVN). She is a lifelong learner who possesses a passion for healing, the advancement of women leaders and her eight year old daughter, who keeps her on her toes. Pamela is Senior Advisor to the #NoRegrets Initiative, a regenerative assets strategy focused on restoring the health of soils in North America; Board Chair of the TahDah Foundation and Co-Exec Producer of SVI Women (Bay Area, Spring 2018). Pam has loved being a producer of SVI Hollyhock since 2002.