Why Women? Why Virtual? Why Now?

SVI Women Virtual convenes leaders to strengthen their inner and outer skills, deepen networks, and rejuvenate their commitment to shape a better world through business.

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.

As women and femme entrepreneurs, we will gather for ourselves, for our businesses, for each other, and for the change we wish to see in the world.

Join our curated community of women, femmes and non-binary leaders
Share real time business challenges, successes’ and curiosities
Create brave spaces that inspire change and meaningful connections

Tuition: $425.00 CAD / $340.00 USD

Scholarships are available. Please apply within your program application.

Inspiration and Connection

Check out what’s in store at SVIW!

Click the speaker photos to learn more about these powerhouse women

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.

Vivian Kaye, Founder & CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki:

​​Vivian got her entrepreneurial spirit from her mother, who sold wares at a Ghanaian market, with Vivian tucked on her back.

Emigrating to Canada as a toddler, VIvian dropped out of college and battled depression in early adulthood. Working her way through tech startups, side hustles, Vivian eventually founded her now 7-figure business KinkyCurlyYaki — a first-of-its-kind hair extension company for Black women, by a Black woman.

Join SVIW to hear Vivian’s journey of battling systemic barriers to bootstrap her business and make half-a-million in revenue in her first year on the market.

Vivian Kaye
Founder & CEO
KinkyCurlyYaki

Sue Conley, Co-Founder of Cowgirl Creamery:

Sue founded Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods in 1997 with her long-time friend, Peggy Smith. Through their efforts, a network of successful dairies and cheesemakers have flourished in coastal Marin and Sonoma.

Sue has been called a “rockstar” of American cheese and is a lynchpin of the natural food movement.

Join Sue in conversation with Esther Park about succession planning, mentorship, and what it means to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Sue Conley

Sue Conley
Co-Founder, Cowgirl Creamery

Esther Park

Esther Park
CEO, Cienega Capital

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.

Sharon Bond

Sharon Bond
Founder & CEO of Kekuli Cafe

Sharon Bond, Founder & CEO of Kekuli Cafe

Sharon started her bannock business as a concession stand outside a carwash, and spent her nights writing her business plan. Three years later, she’s the founder and CEO of Kekuli Cafe: Canada’s first Indigenous owned franchise!

Sharon founded Kekuli Cafe with the goal of extending her passion and vision for Indigenous Fast Casual eateries to every community in Canada. Every town requires a gathering space, a place to belong, a place to celebrate and enjoy Indigenous cuisine, Bannock, and coffee.

In her SVIW Case Study, we’ll dig into the challenge of building a B2B sales pipeline, and how to convert interest into customers.

Erica Perez

Erica Perez
Co-Founder, Oaktown Spice

Erica Perez, Co-Founder of Oaktown Spice Shop

Erica Perez and her husband John Beaver moved to Oakland, CA in 2009. Inspired by their love of food, deep commitment to community and people and fueled by a desire to follow a true spicy calling, in 2011 they founded Oaktown Spice Shop. Now their business has grown to a full team of employees, 3 retail shop locations, with a growing number of restaurants, bakeries and caterers who source their spices from the shop.

In Erica’s case study we’ll explore how to ensure “employee-first” culture evolves and adapts with the continued growth of their business.

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

SVIW is presented over 2 days, these interactive sessions are delivered through workshops, breakout sessions, case studies and true confessions.  Experience an opportunity that will deepen and elevate your learning and connections.

Times are presented in Pacific Time.

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Wednesday, Feb 16
Wednesday, Feb 16
Morning Movement: Qi Gong
8:00 am - 8:45 am

A blend of breathwork, Qi Gong movement and self massage, this 45 minute session will start your morning off with energy and excitement!

Case Study: Sharon Bond, Founder of Kekuli Cafe
9:00 am - 10:45 am
Dig into the challenge of building a sales pipeline and how to convert interest into customers.

Sharon started her bannock business as a concession stand outside a carwash, and spent her nights writing her business plan. Three years later, she’s the founder and CEO of Kekuli Cafe: Canada’s first Indigenous owned franchise! Sharon founded Kekuli Cafe with the goal of extending her passion and vision for Indigenous Fast Casual eateries to every community in Canada. Every town requires a gathering space, a place to belong, a place to celebrate and enjoy Indigenous cuisine, Bannock, and coffee. In her SVIW Case Study, we’ll dig into the challenge of building a B2B sales pipeline, and how to convert interest into customers.

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.

Optional Lunchtime Conversations
12:30 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 featuring Vivian Kaye, Founder of Kinky Curly Yaki
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.

Presenter: Vivian Kaye is the Founder & CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki

Vivian Kaye is the Founder & CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki a premium textured hair extension brand for Black women that she bootstrapped to over $6 million in revenue as an immigrant, college dropout and single mom. 

Her presence and genuine desire to continuously learn and grow while keeping it REAL quickly made her a personality who transcended the title of Founder and CEO.

Ultimately, she organically grew her personal platform by exchanging tips and tricks that she learned on her personal entrepreneurial journey. 

As a self proclaimed Gary Vee meets Oprah remix, Vivian acts a the bridge between big and small business. is a business and empowerment expert, as well as a TV, radio and podcast personality. Through her magnetic energy, Vivian empowers, uplifts and educates her audience into taking action.

Thursday, Feb 17
Thursday, Feb 17
Morning Movement
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Energize your morning with a fabulous fusion of Bellydance, Yoga, and Fitness! Get your sweat on with easy-to-learn cardio-dance, find deep strength with a touch of core, and then top it off with a relaxing stretch and meditation. Designed specifically for femme empowerment, this uplifting class will leave you feeling connected in mind, body, and spirit.

Case Study: Erica Perez, Co-Founder of Oaktown Spice Shop
9:00 am - 10:45 am
Explore how to ensure “employee-first” culture evolves and adapts with the continued growth of their business.

Erica Perez and her husband John Beaver moved to Oakland, CA in 2009. Inspired by their love of food, deep commitment to community and people and fueled by a desire to follow a true spicy calling, in 2011 they founded Oaktown Spice Shop. Now their business has grown to a full team of employees, 3 retail shop locations, with a growing number of restaurants, bakeries and caterers who source their spices from the shop. In Erica’s case study we’ll explore how to ensure “employee-first” culture evolves and adapts with the continued growth of their business.

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

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

Closing Together
12:15 pm - 1:00 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

We are 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.

SVIW Production Team

Pamela Chaloult

CEO, Practical Feet Advisors

Laurel Dault

Social Innovation Manager, Hollyhock

Vanessa Richards

Director, Creative Together

SVI Women Advisory Circle

Martha Belcher

Chief of Staff, Growald Climate Fund

Esther Park

CEO, Cienega Capital

Jill Earthy

CEO, InBC

Tania Lo

CEO, Tandem Innovation Group

Jennifer Chapman

HR Specialist

Allison Kaiser Kelly

CEO, ICA

Alexia McKinnon

Director of Indigenous Programs, Beedie School of Business (SFU)

  • “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

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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Vivian Kaye, Founder & CEO KinkyCurlyYaki

Vivian Kaye is the Founder & CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki, a premium textured hair extension brand for Black women that she bootstrapped to over $6 million in revenue as an immigrant, college dropout and single mom.

Her presence and genuine desire to continuously learn and grow while keeping it REAL quickly made her a personality who transcended the title of Founder and CEO.

Ultimately, she organically grew her personal platform by exchanging tips and tricks that she learned on her personal entrepreneurial journey.

As a self proclaimed Gary Vee meets Oprah remix, Vivian acts a the bridge between big and small business. is a business and empowerment expert, as well as a TV, radio and podcast personality. Through her magnetic energy, Vivian empowers, uplifts and educates her audience into taking action.

Along with her philanthropic efforts through mentorship, she has worked with many notable brands such as Shopify, Porsche Canada, Uniliever, LG, RBC, Fairmont Hotels, BMO, American Express Canada and Rogers Media, to name a few.

Sue Conley, Co-Founder, Cowgirl Creamery

Sue ConleySue founded Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods in 1997 with her long-time friend, Peggy Smith. Through their efforts, a network of successful dairies and cheesemakers have flourished in coastal Marin and Sonoma.

Growing up in Washington, DC, Sue earned a degree in Political Science at the University of Tennessee and later an Associate Degree in Restaurant Management from San Francisco City College. From there, she co-founded Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley were local politics a vintage juke box and good food created a lively environment.

Sue is active in promoting agricultural stewardship as evidenced by her 18 years as a board member for the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. She is currently serving on the boards of the American Cheese Education Foundation, Sonoma Ag and Open Space District, Straus Family Creamery and Point Reyes Mesa Writers’ Retreat.

Esther Park, CEO, Cienega Capital

Esther ParkEsther is the CEO of Cienega Capital, a regenerative investment firm utilizing an integrated capital approach to systemic change in the areas of soil health, regenerative agriculture, and local food systems. Prior to joining Cienega Capital, Esther founded Commons Stock, an impact-focused due diligence consulting firm. There she assessed and structured investments in social enterprises on behalf of high net worth individuals, foundations, and investment advisors. Esther has over 15 years of experience in mission-based financial services ranging from microfinance to risk capital investments. She also serves as a Board member at City Fresh Foods, Custom Food Solutions, and Carman Ranch Provisions, and is an Advisor to Kitchen Table Advisors.

Esther has also served as the Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at RSF Social Finance, and oversaw all lending activity from 2007-2011, which resulted in a tripling of the loan portfolio, and the development of a mezzanine debt fund. Prior to joining RSF, Esther was a senior consultant for ShoreBank Advisory Services, where she provided strategic and capital planning advice for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), particularly small business and affordable-housing loan funds. She also trained lenders internationally in small business lending practices, and underwrote Program Related Investments (PRIs) for private foundation clients. And in a previous life, Esther lived in Nukus, Uzbekistan, teaching English and conducting program evaluation work for the United Nations. Esther received her MPP from University of Chicago and BA in Social Welfare from the University of California Berkeley. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Evangeline and Bryce.

Sharon Bond, Founder & CEO of Kekuli Cafe

Sharon BondSharon Bond-Hogg is a member of the Nooaitch First Nation from the N?la ka’pamux Territory. She was born and raised in Merritt, British Columbia. Sharon is married to Darren Hogg of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and together they founded and own Kekuli Aboriginal Foods Inc., also known as Kekuli Café. They co-own Kekuli Café in West Kelowna. “Do Not Panic…We Have Bannock”!

Sharon is also the owner and CEO of Kekuli Café Properties Inc, which she founded with the goal of extending her passion and vision for Indigenous Fast Casual eateries to every community in Canada. Every town requires a gathering space, a place to belong, a place to celebrate and enjoy Indigenous cuisine, Bannock, and coffee.

Kekuli Café is Canada’s first Indigenous fast-casual restaurant franchise. Sharon franchised their second site in Merritt, British Columbia. Kekuli Café’s third site in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Sharon & Darren, with the help of their amazing Kekuli Krue, won several awards over the years:

  • 2009 ANTCO Indigenous Woman in Business of the Year
  • 2010 BC Achievement, Indigenous Business of the Year
  • 2013 Indigenous Tourism BC, Food & Beverage Award,
  • 2013 Westbank Key Business Award
  • 2013 You Gotta Eat Here, Food Network Canada
  • 2016 Moosemeat & Marmalade, APTN
  • 2020 National Aboriginal Capital Corporation, Businesswoman of the Year

Sharon’s passions include social media and Marketing, recipe creation, snowmobiling, sponsoring her local baseball team, the Bannock Slappers, and baking/cooking in fifteen minutes.

Additionally, she presently serves on the ITBC (Indigenous Tourism BC) Board of Directors for twelve years, most recently as Co-Chair, assisting in the promotion, development, and sustainability of Indigenous Tourism enterprises. Additionally, she was recently elected to the board of directors of the All-Nations Trust Company in Kamloops, British Columbia, where she serves on several financial committees. Sharon is presently enrolled in the Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA programme at Simon Fraser University.

Sharon shares her passion for business and tourism services with you in the restaurant, tourism and hospitality industry, with a focus on Indigenous food, culture, tourism and business development, social media, marketing and the pow wow customer service.

Erica Perez, Co-Owner, Oaktown Spice

Erica PerezErica Perez is co-owner of Oaktown Spice Shop, an Oakland-based business offering premium, small-batch spices and blends for home cooks and chefs alike. Erica is a generalist, problem-solver and Jill of all trades. She handles marketing, human resources, operations and financial administration for the business. Prior to co-founding Oaktown Spice Shop, Erica worked as a journalist.