SVI 365: True Confessions (Online)
With Charles Chang and Hollyhock Leadership Institute
May 26, 2021
Social Venture Institute 365
For over 25 years, attending the Social Venture Institute (SVI) conference at Hollyhock has been a rite of passage for mission-driven entrepreneurs. It is hard to convey the impact that SVI has had not only on the lives and businesses of the 3,000+ people who have attended, but on the very landscape of social enterprise in Canada.
More than a conference, SVI is a movement, with the reach and influence to plant seeds with like-minded, interconnected people. SVI shapes sectors by normalizing progressive, sustainable, and equitable business practices. Participants are exposed to ideas that inform their own operations, rippling out to impact the broader business world.
Join SVI 365 to enjoy bite-sized morsels of the best of Social Venture Institute year-round: real-time problem-solving, inspiring stories, and above all, the opportunity to connect with like-minded leaders seeking to make positive change through venture.
Each session features facilitated networking, core content, and opportunities to deepen your connection to the social venture ecosystem.
Upcoming SVI 365 Events Schedule
- May 26 True Confessions (with Charles Chang)
- June 16 Business Problem Solving Session
- July 14 Peer Coaching Circles
- October 13 Peer Coaching Circles
- November 10 True Confessions
- December 8 Business Problem Solving Session
True Confessions with Charles Chang
“SVI is an amazing catalyst for any social venture. This amazing community of people will inspire you, give you gifts you never expected and point you in new directions. Don’t miss out!” – SVI Virtual 2020 participant
Join Charles Chang, a leading social entrepreneur, for this special True Confessions. Charles will share stories about his trials, tribulations, and triumphs in creating several highly successful socially responsible ventures, including VEGA, Lyra Growth Partners, Powerplay Young Entrepreneurs, and the Charles Chang Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University.
True Confessions offers a personal and intimate look at key learning moments around the challenges and successes of building businesses focused on a triple bottom line. Interspersed through the talk are opportunities to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and to process how what you’ve heard applies to your own venture.
“SVI is a community of humble, resilient, extraordinary leaders seeking to make this world better. The knowledge sharing, and encouragement that happens at SVI gatherings is like nothing I’ve experienced before in my professional life. I am so grateful to have found this powerful community” – SVI Virtual Participant
True Confessions Schedule
Wednesday, May 26
- 2:00 – 2:30 PT – Grounding & Connecting
- 2:25 – 3:35 PT – Charles Chang True Confessions
- 3:35 – 4:00 PT – Q&A with Charles
- 4:00 – 5:00 PT – Optional Networking in Hollyhock’s interactive Gather.Town space
This event will take place on Zoom, a video conferencing tool. You may download the application for free. You will also need a device with speakers, microphone, video, and internet connection. You may test your Zoom connection in advance. A short tutorial for Zoom etiquette will be provided at the beginning of the event.
As SVI 365 events are highly interactive and confidential, sessions will not be recorded.
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Charles Chang is known as a serial entrepreneur – currently leading Lyra Growth Partners, a growth equity firm he founded in 2015. Prior to Lyra, Charles was founder and President of Vega, which he started from scratch from his basement in 2004. Financed by his life savings, a second mortgage on his house and credit cards, Charles led Vega to become a leading brand of clean, plant–based nutritional products in North America. In 2015, Charles successfully led the sale of Vega to White Wave Foods for US$550 million. In 2016, Charles helped establish the Charles Chang Institute for Innovation and…
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