Rise, Together
Social Venture Institute Women Virtual | April 28 - 30
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Social Venture Institute Women Virtual | April 28 - 30
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We are building back better, together.

Women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout from the global pandemic, but fear not. We are also the innovators and creative problem solvers who can, and are, building back better – together!

Come create community in the potent, highly curated, and brave space of SVI Women. Share your real time business struggles, problem solve with other women leaders, and generate innovative ideas and solutions while we navigate the new normal. As women entrepreneurs, we will gather for ourselves, for our businesses, for each other, and for the change we wish to see in the world.

Each participant brings a commitment of social change to their enterprise, whether a for-profit business or a non-profit organization. For over 25 years, the SVI model has provided more than 3,000 entrepreneurs the opportunity to strengthen business skills, network with other social enterprise leaders, and rejuvenate passion and vision. Join us virtually this April 28-30th to fine tune your business strategies, learn best practices, and build lasting relationships with peers and mentors – all from the comfort of your own home.

Tuition: $395.00 CAD

Learn from and with the best.

 SVI Women Virtual is highly interactive and experiential

Truth Telling

Personal and intimate “True Confession” speakers tell the truth about the instrumental learning moments on the challenges and successes of building a socially conscious business. Fill your tank and your heart with inspiration from accomplished innovators who took the leap, failed, succeeded, and gained invaluable insights along the journey.

BE Alink

BE Alink
Founder, Alinker

Rue Mapp

Rue Mapp
Founder and CEO, Outdoor Afro

Lynn-Marie Angus
Co-Founder, Sisters Sage

Carley Sheehy
Founder & CEO, Global Grub

Interactive Case Studies

SVIW Case studies are a core element of the agenda and provide a unique opportunity to learn about a strategic business challenge while a panel of experts and peers offer constructive and crucial feedback and insights. These intimate, confidential sessions dive deep on relevant and current business challenges, and offer universal learning for all participants.

Skill Building Workshops

Interactive skill-building workshops feature experienced entrepreneurs who have mastered best practices. These workshops offer a deep dive into a range of topics including from business strategy and marketing, to personal leadership, to justice, equity, and inclusion training.

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Peer Networking, Mentoring & Community

Throughout the gathering you will have numerous opportunities to connect with like-minded leaders during breakout groups and peer coaching circles. We also offer one-on-one coaching sessions so you can gain individualized expertise and wisdom. After the convening you are also introduced to a highly engaged SVI alumni online community, where you can expand your network, share your game-changing ideas, make “asks and offers,” and meet up throughout the year.

As we move through this pivotal time in history, gathering together is an important and effective way to (re)connect with other extraordinary women who are leading the social enterprise movement. You don’t want to miss this!

Agenda

SVI Women Virtual takes the SVI model and presents it into 2 days of highly interactive learning.

Expect group learning together, as well as many breakouts in pairs and small groups to elevate your learning and deepen connection.

We know that dedicating 2 full days to an online conference can seem daunting, and we are designing an agenda to give you flexibility. We encourage you to attend as much as you can and will be recording True Confessions and Workshops to support balancing your schedule. *Please note that in order to protect confidentiality, Case Studies will not be recorded.

Times are presented in Pacific Time.

Check out speaker bios and session descriptions here. 

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Wednesday, April 28
Wednesday, April 28
Welcome & Intention-Setting
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

True Confessions: BE Alink (Alinker)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
True Confession speakers tell the truth about the instrumental learning moments on the challenges and successes of building a socially conscious business.

BE Alink is the founder and inventor of the Alinker walking bike, which she refers to as a vehicle of change. BE's reverse design practices / philosophy lead to the Alinker, which is not built for a "body-with-a-problem" but for who we are, active and engaged.

BE is a gender weirdo, and has often been called crazy, all over the place, scattered. People told her to focus, and to comply, but BE does not fit in, just held true to her vision that the world needs something else, for and by us all, no one excluded. BE focuses on who we are, not what we have.

With insane tenacity, commitment and dedication, BE has built her company into a movement of people showing up for each other. Years ago she said: "I dream of a world where the dismissed people of today, are our leaders of tomorrow", that is happening now.

Thursday, April 29
Thursday, April 29
Movement Session
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Coffee Conversation (Scaling Small) OR Morning Movement (Qi)
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Movement Session: Morning Qi

Hosted by Caroline MacGillivray (Beauty Night Society)

A gentle morning practice that uses breath work & movement and self massage to get your energy flowing and make you feel good!



Coffee Conversation: Scaling Small- From Efficiency to Resilience

Hosted by Usha Devi Venkatachalam (Krisha Janani) & Sarah Fitzgerald (45North)

Industrialization heralded an era of centralization, aggregation, and concentration in the name of efficiency. Technocratic, single-point solutions have disconnected us from our relationship with soil, water, and food. Covid-19 and the year 2020 have exposed the deep environmental, economic, and social flaws in that business model, especially in the agriculture and food sector. Small & growing business (SGBs) advocating for a disaggregated, decentralized, and distributed business models provide an alternative to the exploitative focus on efficiency. The most critical question in reimagining and rebuilding a post-Covid world is this: how can these SGBs scale their business models to nurture resilience? 

What are the challenges facing SGBs that are trying to reshape the scale conversation to focus on resilience? How can short-term profit maximization give way to long-term 'seventh generation' SGBs? How can we make an artisanal, small-batch, local, and seasonal agri & food chain that is accessible to all? What are the operational, infrastructure, and financial challenges in scaling small? How can shared values, infrastructure, and responsibilities help SGBs in turning an entrepreneur's ""hero's journey"" into a community evolution story? 

Who can build an ecosystem, blueprint, or framework for SGBs to scale? Who can become the connector and facilitator of a new business operating system that draws inspiration from nature to build an interconnected and interdependent whole?"

Interactive Case Study: Global Grub
9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Case Study model at SVI provides an opportunity for the entire conference to gain powerful and tangible skills to support running a successful social venture. Thriving businesses identify a specific challenge which our panel of experts and conference attendees will help provide insight on.

Marketplace of Ideas
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

These fast-paced 60 second presentations allow you to introduce yourself and your enterprise to the gathering. This is your chance to pitch an idea or make that ask. Creativity and passion are encouraged.

Lunchtime Conversations
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Participants can sign up to host a casual, unstructured conversation. Whoever shows up for the conversation are the right people there, and people are welcome to pop in and out.

Workshops
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

True Confessions: Rue Mapp (Outdoor Afro)
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fill your tank and your heart with inspiration from accomplished innovators who took the leap, failed, succeeded, and gained invaluable insights along the journey.

Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national not-for-profit organization with offices in Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Rue oversees a carefully selected and trained national volunteer leadership team of nearly 90 men and women who represent 42 cities around the US, and shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition and support. Since Outdoor Afro’s inception in 2009 as a blog, Rue has captured the attention and support of millions through a multimedia approach that is grounded in personal connections and community organizing. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro now enjoys national sponsorship and is recognized by major organizations for its role in addressing the ongoing need for greater diversity in the outdoors.

In 2010, Mapp was invited to the Obama White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference, and subsequently to take part in a think-tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She was appointed program officer for the Stewardship Council’s Foundation for Youth Investment to oversee its grant-making program from 2010-2012. Since that time, Mapp’s work and op-eds have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Backpacker Magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine, Outside Magazine, Sunset Magazine, NPR, and many others. Rue’s work has also been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions, including: The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans in the country (2012 and 2016), Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, National Wildlife Federation Communication award (received alongside President Bill Clinton) and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms.

Friday, April 30
Friday, April 30
Morning Movement (Bellyfit®)
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Movement Session: Bellyfit®

Hosted by Loretta Laurin (Hollyhock / Empowered Bodies)

Bellyfit® is a fusion fitness system designed to empower women and non-binary people who are comfortable in femme-centric spaces. Connect with your body and spirit in this strong, sexy, and soulful combination of cardio-dance, core, stretch, and meditation. Bring a water bottle, supportive indoor running shoes (optional, can also do barefoot), a yoga mat, and be prepared to sweat! Loretta has been teaching movement for over a decade.

Interactive Case Study: Sisters Sage
9:00 am - 10:45 am

The Case Study model at SVI provides an opportunity for the entire conference to gain powerful and tangible skills to support running a successful social venture. Thriving businesses identify a specific challenge which our panel of experts and conference attendees will help provide insight on.

Peer Coaching Circles
11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Get advice on your own challenge and support fellow entrepreneurs in Peer Coaching Circles.

Closing Together
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Don't miss this chance to integrate what we've learned and close together in a good way.

Meet your people.

Join extraordinary women from all around the world.

SVI Women is geared towards founders, CEOs, 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.

We welcome all women (cis and trans) as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experience of women.

Your Producer Team

Pamela Chaloult

CEO, Practical Feet Advisors

Laurel Dault

Social Innovation Manager, Hollyhock

Vanessa Richards

Director, Creative Together

SVI Women Advisory Circle

Martha Belcher

CEO, Retooling for Growth

Jennifer Chapman

Former Head of People, Fairtrade USA

Laura Didyk

Vice President & National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs at BDC

Jill Earthy

Executive Director, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Sherri Pittman Howard

CEO, Being Human

Allison Kaiser Kelly

CEO, ICA

Esther Park

CEO, Cienega Capital

  • “This experience reminded me that in a time of physical distance– and really at any time– that there is an incredible group of womxn willing and able to make an authentic connection. This connection taught me that I am not alone as an entrepreneur or a leader or a womxn looking to change the world.”

    SVI Women Virtual Participant, 2020
  • “SVI Women provided me with an oasis of connection and creativity amidst the current reality of disconnection and disruption in the world. I left feeling more confident, and part of a movement of authentic, courageous women transforming the business world.”

    SVI Women Virtual Participant, 2020
  • “The warm, inclusive, and professional culture of the work done at SVI Women, whether at an in-person or fully virtual conference breeds a ground ripe for personal and professional development. I learned so much about myself, gained tangible next steps in my professional life, and discovered a deep community of support!”

    SVI Women Virtual Participant, 2020
  • “SVIW is a unique opportunity to learn, grow and be vulnerable with beautiful, intelligent, talented, and amazing women!”

    Saheyala Gaudon Native American Natural Foods
  • “SVI Women provides a Shero-powered platform for female founders, funders and leaders to share their truths as women in business and to share the power of their collective time, talent, treasure, and wisdom to foster each other’s growth.”

    Marjorie Goux Clif Bar & Company

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We are grateful to our Partners and Sponsors who provide critical support to ensure SVI Women’s success and to increase accessibility by supporting the conference scholarship fund. If you are interested in partnering with SVI Women Virtual, please connect with us.

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BE Alink

BE AlinkBE Alink is the founder and inventor of the Alinker walking bike, which she refers to as a vehicle of change. BE's reverse design practices / philosophy lead to the Alinker, which is not built for a "body-with-a-problem" but for who we are, active and engaged.

BE is a gender weirdo, and has often been called crazy, all over the place, scattered. People told her to focus, and to comply, but BE does not fit in, just held true to her vision that the world needs something else, for and by us all, no one excluded. BE focuses on who we are, not what we have.

With insane tenacity, commitment and dedication, BE has built her company into a movement of people showing up for each other. Years ago she said: "I dream of a world where the dismissed people of today, are our leaders of tomorrow", that is happening now.

BE employs Alinker users (otherwise unemployed), pays everybody living wage (including herself), The Alinker has certified BCorp status, she is a SheEO venture, is more than carbon neutral, and practically plastic free.

The Alinker company is built to create access to health, by building access to mobility, community and healthy food.

RADGENlive BE live, in the absence of language
Website: thealinker.com

Rue Mapp

Rue MappRue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national not-for-profit organization with offices in Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Rue oversees a carefully selected and trained national volunteer leadership team of nearly 90 men and women who represent 42 cities around the US, and shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition and support. Since Outdoor Afro’s inception in 2009 as a blog, Rue has captured the attention and support of millions through a multimedia approach that is grounded in personal connections and community organizing. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro now enjoys national sponsorship and is recognized by major organizations for its role in addressing the ongoing need for greater diversity in the outdoors.

In 2010, Mapp was invited to the Obama White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference, and subsequently to take part in a think-tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She was appointed program officer for the Stewardship Council’s Foundation for Youth Investment to oversee its grant-making program from 2010-2012. Since that time, Mapp’s work and op-eds have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Backpacker Magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine, Outside Magazine, Sunset Magazine, NPR, and many others. Rue’s work has also been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions, including: The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans in the country (2012 and 2016), Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, National Wildlife Federation Communication award (received alongside President Bill Clinton) and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms.

Mapp remains in high demand to speak around the country and in Canada about her innovative approach that has successfully connected thousands, especially from the Black American community, to nature and the benefits of spending more time outdoors.

She is proud to serve on the Outdoor Industry Association and The Wilderness Society boards. In 2014, Rue was appointed to the California State Parks Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. She was named a National Geographic fellow, and a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.  In 2020, Outdoor Afro was chosen to be highlighted and visited by Oprah on her 2020 Vision Tour.

A graduate of UC Berkeley (with a Degree in Art History), Rue’s skills and background make her a unique voice via the leadership and programs she has instituted through her career, enlightening a diverse community to the wonders and benefits of the outdoors. Rue resides in Vallejo, CA and is the proud mother of three young adults.

Want more insight on Rue? Visit www.ruemapp.com.

Lynn-Marie Angus

Lynn-Marie Angus is a co-founder of Sisters Sage, an Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness and self-care products inspired by our culture and traditions. Born and raised in East Vancouver, Canada. Her heritage is Gitxaala, Nisga’a, and Metis Nations. She is from the West Coast and the prairies and celebrates and shares her culture enthusiastically!

Sisters Sage is a She-EO Venture.

Carley Sheehy

Carley is the founder and CEO of Global Grub, a line of globally-inspired DIY food kits for cooking adventures at home. As a mostly one-woman show, Carley wears many hats from operations and sales to innovation and strategy, and everything in between.

Since 2012, Carley has steadily grown the company (175% YoY average growth), securing national distribution with Williams-Sonoma, UncommonGoods, Nordstrom and Sur La Table, to name a few. Global Grub has garnered PR mentions from TODAY, Forbes, Food+Wine and more. She prides herself on being creative, passionate, determined and scrappy.

Carley was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA with her husband and 3 young sons. Needless-to-say, she loves to eat, cook and drink all the things. As an avid traveler, her and her family have most recently become obsessed with exploring the great outdoors in their travel trailer, one weekend at a time.