• CAD $395.00 – Standard Tuition (Converts to roughly $315 USD)

Date & Time Details:
April 28, 3pm - 6pm PT
April 29, 8am - 5:30pm PT
April 30, 8am - 1pm PT

Location: Online

$395 CAD / $315 USD

Scholarships: Partial scholarships are available based on financial need, as well as a limited number of full scholarships. We prioritize Indigenous people, people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA+, youth, elders, and those who can articulate how their Hollyhock experience will support positive impact in their life and communities.

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Social Venture Institute Women (Virtual)

With Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Pamela Chaloult, Vanessa Richards and Laurel Dault

April 28 - 30, 2021

“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)

SVI Women will provide you with a forum to share your real time struggles, to problem solve and innovate in this new normal, and create community in a brave and carefully curated space. We will gather for ourselves, for our businesses, and for each other.

Each attendee brings a commitment of social change to their enterprise, whether a for-profit business or a non-profit organization. Over 25 years, SVI has provided more than 3,000 entrepreneurs the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, network with other social enterprise leaders, and rejuvenate their passion and vision.

At its core, Social Venture Institute (SVI) Women offers an intensive, interactive inquiry into the day-to-day challenges of running a socially conscious enterprise. Attendees take advantage of time away from working IN their businesses to work ON their businesses: fine tuning business strategies, learning best practices, solving problems and building lasting relationships with peers and mentors. As a past participant puts it, SVI Women is “a shero-powered platform for female founders, funders and leaders to share their truths as women in business…”

“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, tangible next steps in my professional life and a deep community of support!”  – SVI Women Virtual Participant (2020)

Who Should Attend?

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.

SVI Women welcomes all cis and trans women as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experience of women.

Intentionally Designed to Foster Growth

The format of SVI is highly interactive and experiential. Participants present their business problems to a panel of experienced business leaders and fellow participants. In return, they receive advice, tools, and resources to strengthen and grow their enterprise in a socially conscious way. Based on evaluations and testimonials, participants uniformly reflect that SVI is one of the best investments they’ve made in growing their social purpose enterprises.

Supportive and Experienced Network

The combination of high quality mentors, a confidential and supportive environment, and a practical problem-solving format enables participants to acquire a rich portfolio of skills, a plan to grow their social purpose organization, and a network of contacts to support their enterprise. SVI participants are first or second-stage entrepreneurs who face challenges in growing an enterprise while maintaining a social mission.

Unique Format for Out of the Box Results

Take advantage of this opportunity to fine tune business strategies, learn best practices for solving problems, and build long lasting relationships with business peers and mentors. Get direct feedback for your current business challenges from a faculty of successful socially responsible enterprise leaders. Hear inspiring True Confessions – personal stories from experienced entrepreneurs and their struggles to reach success combining social mission with business.

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Hollyhock Leadership Institute
Hollyhock’s renowned conferences help to resolve the leadership deficits of the modern world. These cross-sectoral and multi-generational gatherings work to support and catalyze progressive leaders through strengthening skills, expanding capacity, and building peer-to-peer networks and knowledge. Tackling the largest issues of our time and promoting social and environmental justice requires that we come together to not only learn hard skills and share lessons, but also to rejuvenate our passions and recharge. Joining our conferences opens up access to like-minded networks and community that support one another throughout the year. Past conferences include: Social Venture Institute, Activate: Digital Leadership, Creating a…
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Pamela Chaloult
Pamela’s career has been defined by a deep commitment to serve and develop exceptional leaders. She has a superpower of helping people up-level their game by providing practical tools and brave spaces to do their work. Pamela is the founder and CEO of Practical Feet Advisors a boutique firm that offers Practical Wisdom Mentoring, Strategic Advising and Transformational Convenings. As a natural relationship weaver, Pamela’s successful history includes cultivating and activating high-caliber, impact focused relationships and networks through her executive leadership positions at BALLE (now Common Future), Renewal Funds and Social Venture Network (SVN, now SVC). She is currently the Board Chair of…
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Vanessa Richards
Vanessa Richards, born in Vancouver, works as an artist and facilitator. Her practices encourage the personal and civic imagination towards positive social change and sustainability. Since the 1990’s she has been devising and delivering arts-based engagement, education and programming through collaboration with community programmes, universities, unions, cultural organizations, health care providers, and projects that serve the imaginations of young people and elders. As a community choir leader she also brings collective singing to conferences and gatherings to connect ideas, emotions and people. Her poetry and critical works are anthologized in the UK, Holland, United States and Canada. As a performer she has been nominated for…
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Laurel Dault
Laurel is Hollyhock’s Social Innovation Manager, where she leads Signature Programming and produces Social Venture Institute. Laurel’s passion for lifelong learning has led her to cross the ocean and the continent, from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, to THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, to Female Funders (training women to become angel investors) in Vancouver, and finally to Hollyhock. Laurel holds a Master of Science in Psychology, has trained with Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a 2020 Radius Fellow and She-EO Activator. Laurel’s most formative experiences are as a comedic improviser and performer. She is a…
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