SVN Networker, August 2012: SVN Celebrates 25 Years!

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The Networker

August 30, 2012

25 years ago, during the month of August, over 70 entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders gathered at Gold Lake Ranch in Colorado for the first SVN gathering. Inspired by Robert Reich’s Tales of a New America, SVN founders Josh Mailman and Wayne Silby launched a radically different network of entrepreneurs dedicated to using the power of business to effect positive social change.

Now, from Badass Gatherings at Back To The Roots, to TEDx, to SVN’s Hall of Fame Celebration, and 25-year Anniversary Fall Conference, SVN and its members continue to lead the way in connecting, supporting and inspiring the pioneers of socially responsible business.

We’re kicking off September by co-hosting TEDxPresidio at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. We hope to see you there or at our anniversary events in New York this November.

All the best,

Deb Nelson

SVN Member News

Danny Kennedy featured in The New York Times on The Secret to Solar Power
Natalia Oberti Noguera highlights women leaders in VC/entrepreneurship in Forbes
Rich Cohen, Distant Village, listed as top Chicago eco-preneur
Winning the Story Wars, by Jonah Sachs, explains the power of empowerment marketing
Lori Steele, Everyone Counts, a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 Americas Award
Mary Waldner calls for real nutrition as she hosts premier event in NYC
Sang Lee, Return on Change, talks about the JOBS act and crowdfunding in Forbes
TakePart TV to produce video series as media sponsor for Hall of Fame Celebration
LOHAS to launch series of national networking events to build business collaboration

Upcoming SVN Events

September 2012

TEDxPresidio Saturday September 8 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA from 9:00am – 5:30 pm. Use the discount code ‘SVNSpecial’ to get 20% off your TEDx ticket! Click here for tickets and event details.
Best Practices in Impact Investing Thursday, September 20 at Hanson Bridgett LLP, 425 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Tickets here.
Social Venture Institute, Hollyhock Wednesday, September12 to Sunday, Sept. 20 on Cortes Island, British Columbia. Click here for event details.
SVN Local Gathering at Tower Club in Dallas, TX on Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Click here for tickets and event details.
SVN Local Gathering at Trillium Asset Management in Boston, MA on Thursday October 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Fall Events

SVN Hall of Fame Celebration

There are less than 50 tickets left for SVN’s Hall of Fame Celebration. Don’t miss your opportunity to join us as we celebrate 25 years of innovation in socially responsible

business. Purchase your tickets here.

SVN Fall Conference

Engage with world-class social entrepreneurs and impact investors to explore ways to build a just and sustainable economy for the next 25 years and beyond. Learn more here.

Join an SVNet Group and Engage with Members

SVN Member Collaboration Story

SVN members Scott Leonard, CEO of INDIGENOUS Organic + Fair Trade Fashion, and Mark Marosits, Co-Founder of Worldways Social Marketing, were traveling in Peru to document the powerful impact that INDIGENOUS has made through over 17 years of building a fair trade fashion supply chain. They gathered at a school in the highlands of Peru, with the children and the One World Futbols donated by co-founders of INDIGENOUS, Scott Leonard & Matt Reynolds. SVN Member Mal Warwick is a partner at One World Futbol Project.

This is SVN collaboration leading the way … all the way to the Peruvian High Andes. You never know where your SVN connections will take you and your business. Find your group here.

A warm welcome to SVN’s newest Members and Affiliates

New Members (July / August 2012)

Chuck Lief, President of Naropa University
Amanda Steinberg, Founder and CEO of DailyWorth
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship
Sharon Chang, Founder and CEO of
Soledad Teixido, Founder of PROhumana Foundation
Lisa Arie, Founder and CEO of Vista Caballo
Kara and Theo Goldin, Founder and CEO of Hint Inc.
Alexia Marcous, Dharma Merchant Services
Marjoleine Hulshof, MA, The Guild
John Stephen Kay, The Guild
Michael Lindsay, Ph.D., The Guild
Aileen Sweeney, Stanford Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Ali Marano, Head of Technology for Social Good at JPMorgan Chase
Tyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health at Kaiser Permanente
Winette Winston, President and General Manager of To-Go Ware
Bridget Liddell, Managing Director of 212 Equity
New Affiliates (July / August 2012)

Mary Anne Davis, Founder of davistudio
Jennifer Popken, Founder and Owner of Helene’s Kitchen

Working with SVN members has its advantages

B2B Discount and Incentive Program: SVN members can enjoy discounts of 30-50% off of business services provided by fellow members. These are high quality services companies need to scale: marketing, strategy, general business consulting, public relations, advertising and employee 401k plans. All offers are good through December 31, 2012. Click here to view current offers.

Tips and Tricks

You can now log in to SVNet with your Facebook account! Follow the simple instructions and never have to worry about remembering your SVNet login information again.
Member Incentive: receive a free conference registration by refering two members in the same year! Introduce a prospective member via email to Sara Yap, Manager of Engagement, [email protected] To be eligible for the discount, please fill in this form.

Job Opportunities

Green America – Executive Director

We would like give a special thank you to James Baldwin for the great research he conducted for SVN.