Barb Stegemann is a Canadian entrepreneur and speaker. She founded The 7 Virtues, a social enterprise sourcing organic, fair trade essential oils from countries in turmoil. As a powerful advocate for change, Barb empowers audiences to use business for good and make a positive impact. She inspires and motivates with her messages of triumphing over adversity.
Why you should book Barb Stegemann for your next event
- Barb’s story of founding The 7 Virtues and using business for good is not only inspiring but also relatable to any audience looking to make a positive impact in the world.
- With her successful background in entrepreneurship, Barb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to any event. She shares valuable insights on how to turn a dream into a successful business.
- Barb is a dynamic speaker who motivates and empowers her audience to embrace their inner disruptor and make a difference. Her messages of triumphing over adversity and using business for good leave a lasting impact on those in attendance.
Barb Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann launched The 7 Virtues out of her garage on her visa card armed with only a dream to help war-ridden nations rebuild. Her company sources organic, fair trade essential oils from countries experiencing turmoil (such as Afghanistan, Haiti the Middle East and Rwanda and beyond). Despite addressing complex global matters in her talks, Stegemann uses humour to explain how individuals can use business for good and effect change, both at home and worlds away.
A decade later, The 7 Virtues is now an award-winning social enterprise — and the only Canadian brand to be sold through Sephora’s “Clean at Sephora” fragrance space in 16 countries including the USA, Canada, the UK and the EU. A popular keynote speaker, through her inspiring entrepreneurial story, Barb shares powerful messages of triumphing over adversity, and empowers her audiences to embrace their inner disruptor.
A newsmaker, Barb first became known to millions of Canadians when she landed a venture-capital deal on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den (shark tank in the USA) — the first woman from Atlantic Canada to do so. She went on to become the “Top Game Changer” in the history of the popular reality show when viewers voted for her social enterprise.
Since then, Barb and her top selling clean at Sephora fragrance collection have been celebrated in major media outlets around the world, including Vogue, Elle Canada, Fast Company, Forbes, The Cut, Women’s Wear Daily, The Globe and Mail, as wells as CBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and more.
Barb has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN; won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada; was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine’s “Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs”; and was also made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force, completing her term in 2015.
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