Rise, Together
Social Venture Institute Women Virtual | April 28 - 30
Find Inspiration and Connection
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

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


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

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

SVI Women 2019 Speaker

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.

SVI Women Banff Workshop
SVI Women Hands Up

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!


SVI Women Virtual takes the SVI model and presents it into 2.5 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.

Times are presented in Pacific Time

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

Movement Session
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Live Case Study
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
11:30 am - 12:30 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.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

True Confessions
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Friday, April 30
Friday, April 30
Movement Session
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Live Case Study
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.

Our Partners

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