Kevin Maggiacomo, president and CEO of SVN International Corp., experienced a wake-up call in 2012
when he was on stage at a national conference. “I realized I was speaking to a sea of people who looked just
like me. Nearly all were men and nearly all were white,” he said in TEDx Orange Coast speech ‘Awakening
the American Dream’, which he gave a year later.
With that realization, Maggiacomo set about to change his corner of the world. In 2015 he testified in
front of the Massachusetts legislature on behalf of a Women in Boards Bill, which went on to be passed. That
same year he also led the rebranding of SVN to create a Shared Value Network of openness, inclusiveness
and innovation, whose goals included bringing intentionality to recruiting and empowering women, millennials and minorities. Just one year later the company’s board was gender-balanced.
But even before this milestone was reached, Maggiacomo had been running a company with zero toler-
ance for the type of behavior that sparked the #Me Too movement, says one member of the company’s C-suite.
“For our women to be able to work in an environment where there are no distractions or energy wasted on
dealing with biased work cultures and for young men and women to see this example of inclusiveness and
empowerment for all, is unique and simp-ly the best.”
In many respects 2017 was another breakout year for the company’s efforts in promoting diversity. In an
effort to work more closely within the communities in which SVN’s offices are located, the firm launched
Ask any staffer and the first thing most would say is that Maggiacomo has truly redefined and
reshaped the company’s culture, and serves as an embodiment of its mission and values. Jerry
Anderson, an SVN executive managing director, has watched Maggiacomo grow into the CEO role
over the past 15 years. “He is a masterful leader,” he shares. “He’s taken the brand to a level beyond
the founders’ highest exceptions. Kevin has the respect of every single advisor at SVN and beyond.”