squaw valley institute

squaw valley institute

The Squaw Valley Institute enhances the quality of life within the unique mountain environment of Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Incline Village.

Our events are open to the public, and span a wide variety of topics including: the environment, film and entertainment, health and wellness, world affairs, extreme sports, adventure travel, arts and sciences. We provide a forum for learning about complex subjects, and foster enduring relationships among our members.

Our goal is to bring programming to the Tahoe region that inspires….

uncommon conversations.


article on the svi and Carolyn Hamilton starting the squaw valley kids’ institute:

squaw valley article

For more than a decade, the Squaw Valley Institute has been bringing speakers to Tahoe to foster “uncommon conversations,” as its tagline states. But in the past two years, with the arrival of a new executive director and associate director, the institute has continually upped the caliber of its speakers, selling out tickets to many of its events. Even with heightened interest in the institute’s lectures, however, the nonprofit is still struggling to increase its membership, and its future remains uncertain.

Two years ago, Renee Koijane joined SVI as executive director and came up with a winning formula for bringing talented speakers to Squaw — selecting topics that are timely and relevant to the local community, and always striving to bring the highest-level expert in any field.

“I ask, ‘Has this topic not been heard before, do people here not have access to these speakers, and is there a constituency that needs to hear this now and will they come?’” said Koijane.

And came they did. Sir Ken Robinson’s talk in October on creativity and education attracted 830 people, the most attendees at any SVI event ever. 

In October, Matt Reardon, an events producer and former pro skier, joined the Squaw Valley Institute as its associate director. Koijane said Reardon’s arrival has energized the organization. The two are already busy planning next year’s lectures, which include a talk on bullying and another on hydraulic fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas from the earth.

About six months after Koijane came on board, the institute launched the Squaw Valley Kids’ Institute, spearheaded by Carolyn Hamilton. The Kids’ Institute’s 10 members, who range in age from 11 to 14, get a chance to meet with the speakers and ask questions, along with studying the relevant topics.

“It makes kids feel empowered to sit at the table,” said Koijane. “It’s a little gem.”


link to squaw valley kids’ institute pages here:

squaw valley kids


intro’d to Squaw Valley Kids’ Institute via Logan LaPlante‘s tedx…


Sir Ken Robinson Kids Q&A – Squaw Valley Kids Institute

oct 18, 2013


Sir Ken Robinson at Squaw Valley Institute


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