Gender Smart Investing Summit 2020

The Gender-Smart Investing Summit is an invite-only forum that brings together 350 thought leaders and game changers from a range of backgrounds to drive collaborative dialogue and leverage our collective capacity to unlock barriers to deploying capital in a gender-smart way.

Some join with a primary focus on gender equality, some focus on the power of women making markets. Some have a primary commitment to issues such as the climate crisis, education, health, or human rights.

All share a common belief that together, we can move more global gender-smart capital, more strategically, and spark real and lasting change.

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From December 1 - 4, 2020 at Wokefield Place just outside London, we will convene 350 leaders shaping the significant movement of capital for a fairer world. The rural grounds allow for a productive retreat away from the chaos of England’s capital, providing valuable space and time for action-focused dialogue and careful reflection.

Summit Goals

Our transformative 2018 Global Gender-Smart Investing Summit convened the full spectrum of stakeholders advancing the gender-lens investing movement. The atmosphere was electric: new partnerships were forged, deep commitments were made and the field took a bold leap forward.

Our invite-only 2020 Global Summit builds on this momentum, to the theme of Further, Faster, Smarter. An independent delegate selection committee will curate the gathering of diverse global leaders who share our goal of engaging in outcomes-oriented dialogue, and address the bottlenecks that stand in the way of deploying billions of additional gender-smart dollars.

Summit Structure

Our design principles for the Summit’s agenda are grounded in creating a highly interactive environment. Each session is structured to:

  • maximise collaborative work

  • allow for open and vulnerable sharing

  • foster new connections

  • accelerate individual, organisational and field-level gender-smart journeys

VIRTUAL - Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit

**UPDATED DATES**  - Connect online with business leaders across the African continent


Africa Shared Value Leadership eSummit

The coronavirus crisis has created a situation without precedent, in our lifetime and the way of doing business has changed, possibly forever.

A global first, the 2020 Africa Shared Value Leadership virtual summit (eSummit) provides an interactive platform for business leaders and practitioners to deliberate and explore how business can to come together and create the Shared Value ecosystems that will help the African continent recover from pandemic-induced economic hardship and upheaval.

The Africa Shared Value Leadership eSummit aims to advocate and extend awareness of the Shared Value business model – profit with purpose – beyond borders and across the African continent.

This year, we take Africa’s Shared Value conversation mainstream through 20 interactive webinars. The online sessions will be live streamed during the Shared Value Week from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday, 2 June through to Friday, 5 June.

What to expect

Hear from business thought leaders and changemakers about how Shared Value thinking can take your business to the next level and make Africa an economic powerhouse. Engage on the pressing issues facing African businesses with speakers at Q&As and interactive solution-seeking sessions.

Making Finance Work For Women Virtual Summit

Join us in October 2020 for the globally virtual edition of the Making Finance Work for Women Summit.

Participants will be part of virtual hands-on workshops, plenary sessions, global research, networking and more opportunities that will allow everyone to learn and share with each other.

SVI Women Bay Area 2020

SVI Women is proudly produced by a collective of entrepreneurs and business leaders who are committed to convening circles of women, building access and opportunities for women business leaders, and dismantling oppression everywhere.

Top 5 Reasons To Attend

  1. Learn from the Experts:  Our True Confession speakers have experienced the ups and downs of building multi-million dollar enterprises. The stories of their journeys will inspire and educate.
  2. Learn from Your Peers: SVI Women is intentionally designed specifically to leverage the wisdom in the room. From Case Studies to Business Problem Solving Sessions and One-on-One Experts, we champion the knowledge of every woman who attends.
  3. Make Powerful Connections:  You know that some of the most highly valued takeaways from any gathering include the people you meet and the bonds you form. SVI Women connects you in powerful ways that will help to shift your business to new heights. Spend three days with 100 fellow entrepreneurial sheroes. Imagine the possibilities!
  4. Proven Track Record:  The SVI model has provided thousands of entrepreneurs the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, network with other social enterprise leaders, and rejuvenate their passion and vision.
  5. Your Business Deserves This and So Do You. SVI Women offers proactive, action-oriented dialogue among peers.  We facilitate peer-to-peer relationship building and create a community where you can enhance your leadership, improve your businesses, and expand your impact.  Apply Now.

Women of Color Connecting

Why Attend?

  • Engage in real talk about diversity, inclusion, and equity

  • Diversify your network

  • Become an agent of change

  • Learn how you can help more Women of Color Entrepreneurs succeed!


World-Changing Women's Summit 2020

What to Expect at the Summit

“This is more than a gathering of women. This is reconnecting with your tribe, or finding it for the first time. The energy, the inspiration and the connection available to us with this space is beyond what you could ever hope for from a traditional conference.”

We’re curating a powerhouse group of female leaders to share wisdom, find inspiration, and connect around best practices for leading and thriving in the conscious business world.

The best and brightest will gather for three days to dive deep and have raw conversations about critical topics such as:

  • Developing yourself as an authentic, conscious leader in the workplace
  • Bringing more purpose into the workplace
  • Working more effectively across generations
  • Developing a more inclusive workplace culture
  • Best practices for raising capital
  • Managing the stress of work-life integration
  • Scaling your company while staying true to your values
  • Creating greater impact in the world

Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

The first Regional Conference on the Integration of Women into the Economic and Social Development of Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Havana in 1977. Since then, the Conference has met periodically at intervals of no more than three years, to review the regional and subregional situation with regard to women’s autonomy and rights, to put forward recommendations on public policies on gender equality, to undertake periodic assessments of the activities carried out in fulfilment of regional and international agreements and to serve as a forum for discussion on gender equality. It brings together high-level authorities with responsibility for issues relating to the situation of women and for policies to ensure gender equity in the countries of the region.


This is our year to be bold and brilliant — without apology. At TEDWomen 2019, we’re shining a spotlight on dazzling ideas from some of the world’s most extraordinary risk-takers and innovators. Celebrating pioneers making power moves, brilliant people who are just getting started, and those who tirelessly show up as allies and advocates. TEDWomen 2019 will be no less than a joyful, thought-provoking celebration of smarts, savvy and diverse dynamism.


Build expertise and relationships during small, curated workshops and custom experiences during the day. We’ll convene in the simulcast lounge and theater for the opening speaker session in the early evening, then celebrate with new and old friends at the welcome party.


Four riveting speaker sessions fill the day, with comfortable seating in the simulcast lounge and theater -- along with networking breaks and a community lunch. End the day with a convivial dinner and late-night hangouts under the stars.


The last day of TEDWomen always holds surprises in the final speaker session. It’s followed by a farewell picnic to cement your new connections. Everything wraps up in time for you to explore beautiful Palm Springs in the afternoon.

Be a Money Magnet - Step Into Your Power and Get Funded

This retreat is for you IF...

You know you have a game-changing business that has the potential to make a BIG difference in the world. But how do you go about getting that influx of cash you need?

As a CEO, you know your job is to capitalize your company, but the funding strategies and sources you’ve encountered up until now don’t feel aligned with what you value most.

It's hard to get excited about all those angel groups, pitch competitions, accelerator programs, and investment funds that you hear about as potential funding sources.

Deep down, you know there must be a better way to raise funding—one that feels aligned with your values.

Guess What? You’re Right!

As a heart-centered woman entrepreneur, the advice you’re hearing about how to raise money is probably wrong for you.

There is a way to raise money that allows you to grow your business on your terms and stay true to what made you start your business in the first place.

Your fundraising strategy CAN be an expression of what makes you and your company unique.

You CAN be part of a tribe of other women who are also breaking the mold and raising investment capital on their terms.

What To Expect

For the first time ever, we are excited to open up the Jenny Kassan Consulting Retreat beyond our current clients to any mission-driven business owners who identify as female.

At this intimate retreat in beautiful downtown Oakland, we will roll up our sleeves and dig in to do the work of designing and beginning to implement your ideal capital raising strategy.

In Preparation

To help you prepare for the retreat, we are offering a 5-week virtual course in which Jenny will guide you through the steps in her book, Raise Capital on Your Own Terms

This course will allow you to come to the retreat with a draft capital raising plan in place, so you can dive right in to addressing your biggest questions and challenges with our expert support.

Women Deliver 2019 Conference

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will take place 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada and will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. It will serve as a catalyst for advocates working to achieve a more gender equal world.

More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists will flock to Vancouver with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere.

The conference will present new knowledge, promote world-class solutions, and engage a broad spectrum of voices. It will focus on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.