\r\n\r\nOnce a single mom trying to launch a start-up from her garage, Barb Stegemann has built an international brand thanks to intuition, innovation, and smart risk-taking. Now she shares her incredible story and hard-earned wisdom, as a CEO who continues to steer The 7 Virtues through both unexpected road bumps and surprising growth.\r\n\r\nDrawing on the story of her own accomplishments and relevant examples from other industries, Stegemann shares a presentation that\u2019s equally suited to equip leaders and team members with the skills they need to face daily challenges and perform their best. Her message of thoughtful leadership, collaboration, and clearly defined ambition can help any organization find new heights of success while maintaining the crucial balance of serving others while taking care of ourselves.\r\n\r\nAbout Barb Stegemann\r\n\r\nBarb Stegemann\u2019s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend\u2014a soldier\u2014was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan\u2019s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The 7 Virtues, a company that sources organic, fair trade essential oils from countries experiencing turmoil (such as Afghanistan, Haiti, the Middle East and Rwanda).\r\n\r\nStegemann became known to millions of Canadians when she became the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture-capital deal on the CBC TV show Dragons\u2019 Den (The Canadian version of Shark Tank) \u2014for The 7 Virtues Beauty. She went on to become the \u201cTop Game Changer\u201d in the history of the popular reality show for creating her social enterprise.\r\n\r\nSince then, Stegemann has been named one of Canada\u2019s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada; won the APEC Women and the Economy Summit Award from the US Department of State; won the Ernst & Young \u201cEntrepreneur of the Year Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category\u201d; was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine\u2019s \u201cTop 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs\u201d; won the 2019 John C. Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award, and was also made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force.\r\n\r\nStegemann is the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, a book that has empowered women (and men) to launch companies, run for public office, and end bullying. Her compelling story of overcoming adversity through the power of stoic wisdom is the subject of the feature-length documentary Perfume War. The film tells Stegemann\u2019s entrepreneurial story and has garnered many awards, including Best Humanitarian Film, Sedona Film Festival, Arizona; and the Vanguard award for cutting-edge ideas at the Artemis Film Festival, Santa Monica, California. In 2019, she was honored as one of four finalists for the John Maxwell Transformational Leadership award.\r\n\r\nShe earned her Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and her Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of King\u2019s College. She received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of New Brunswick.\r\n\r\nBarb is also a graduate of the Sephora Accelerate Cohort where she developed her new contemporary line. Her brand inspired the global beauty giant to create a new Clean & Conscious space in their USA stores.\r\n\r\nThe 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes are hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and available at Sephora Canada and Sephora USA.