Just got back from the annual SVP Conference where global Partners connect, exchange information, and share their journeys that have led each to the same place – Social Venture Partners. The energy was palatable, the enthusiasm invigorating and we took away powerful inspiration.
Late night conversations between long-time Partners and friends and others meeting for the first time revealed common purpose. People like Janet Levinger and Will Poole, Gary and Mary Becker from Santa Barbara, and Andy and Krystyna Williamson from Calgary talked into the wee hours and left fortified and personally challenged.
Dan Pallotta’s (above) keynote address struck a chord with Fraser Black and Peter Miller (and pretty much everyone else!) as he turned common-held beliefs about philanthropy on their head and challenged us to think creatively about assessing impact and effectiveness, changing the frame through which organizations are evaluated.
Partners like Tony Laliberte enjoyed thought-provoking, participative breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics like Collective Impact and Finding Common Ground. After the closing session Partner Bill Henningsgaard said:
“If you don’t think you have something to learn you’re not listening hard enough!”
Sherri Wolson was proud of efforts to recruit Partners under 35 and said, “You don’t need to be gray-haired and a former investment banker to join SVP’s efforts!” Susan Sullivan and Ron Anderson from Minnesota wondered how best to connect the next generation to principles we embrace at SVP.
The exchange of energy and great ideas which happens at every SVP Conference gets Fraser, “jazzed about what this group can do both locally and on a national scale.” He was glad to be part of the Chairs Forum where newer SVP affiliates could learn from those who have walked in the same shoes.
SVP’s future is bright and we want the scope and reach of our message to extend even further by this time next year.
We hope you’ll join us in Portland for the SVP Conference Nov. 8-10!
This event galvanizes great work and the results can be transformational – one Partner, one Investee, one collective movement at a time – making our world a truly better place to live, and helping our Partners and Investees realize and amplify their potential. How’s that for some real rah rah??!!
– Paul Shoe
Photos by Gary Voth Photography