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Barb Stegemann

Entrepreneur Speaker, Social Entrepreneur Expert, CEO and Founder of 7 Virtues, Social Advocate

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About Speaker Barb Stegemann…

Barb Stegemann is a motivational keynote speaker, social entrepreneur, one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and the Founder of 7 Virtues. Barb is also the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, which has empowered women (and men) to launch companies, run for public office, and end bullying.

Speaker Barb Stegemann’s Full Bio…

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 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).

Why Barb Stegemann?

“My favourite thing on earth is giving talks. Everyone is awake and filled with joy when I am finished. They leave with the confidence to make positive change in their lives personally and professionally and for others, it validates for them, they are not alone and they are on the right path of doing what is right and ethical for the world.”

Stegemann 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’ Den (The Canadian version of Shark Tank) —for The 7 Virtues Beauty. She went on to become the “Top Game Changer” in the history of the popular reality show for creating her social enterprise.

Since then, Stegemann has been named one of Canada’s 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 “Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category”; was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine’s “Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs”; 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.

Stegemann 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’s 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.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and her Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of King’s College. She received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Barb 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.

The 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes are hypoallergenic, cruelty-free and available at Sephora Canada and Sephora USA.

Testimonials 5

  • Please thank Barb again for the amazing event yesterday. I had so many women who came up to me post event confiding that she and her words resonated profoundly with them; some in regards to their personal situations and others work-related. Many said it’s the message that they have been searching for in books for years, unsuccessful until now, until your message. You were on point, real, humorous and relatable. They wanted to hear more. I can’t thank you enough.

    Rhonda Bishop

    Fly Jazz Canada

  • We had the pleasure of having Barb Stegemann as a speaker to wind up our year and she exceeded all expectations. From an organizer’s stand point, she was accommodating and easy to work with. We explained our goals and she enthusiastically offered ways she could tailor her speech to make them happen. After we had finalized our arrangements we made an additional request of Barb, asking that she speak at the Deloitte Leading Women’s Spring Breakfast while she was in town and she happily complied. Contrary to some speakers who can be prima donnas she was a real contributor, willing to go to all lengths to ensure the success of our program. Agreeing to a second speech in one day made a big day for Barb. She gave a keynote address to over 600 ladies before 8:00am, followed by a book signing and then an hour presentation to another 100 women that afternoon. She was a pro and pulled out all the stops delivering wonderful results to rave reviews in both instances. We had many women tell us that she was the best speaker she had ever heard and another who thought she could make a living as a stand-up comedienne.

    Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Famers Edward School of Business

  • As we expected, Barb had our attendees on the edges of their seats and on the verge of tears throughout her talk. We feel that her inspirational message hit home with many of our attendees.

    Please relay to Barb that everyone loved her. WE love her.

    Bonnie Annis

    Partner & Creative Director, L'Moor

  • The entire atmosphere of the event is incredibly inspiring. This year in particular, Barbara Stegemann stole the show – she was exceptional!! I didn’t want her to leave the stage.

    Barb Stegemann was truly inspiring! Her style of delivery felt tailored to the audience versus just feeling well-rehearsed.


    Love hearing inspirational heartwarming personal stories. This year I particularly liked Barb Stegemann’s speaking and topic.


    I valued the advice and mantras of each speaker, specifically Barb Stegemann.


    Jacqueline Ongai

    University of Regina

  • I just wanted to extend my gratitude for so many things – first of all, welcoming me to the East coast with open arms, promoting the event to all of your network in different forms, introducing me to many amazing women, but of course thank you for your inspiring speech. You are truly a woman in command, with a hilarious sense of humour. You really have it all, and I admire you.

    Thank you Barb!

    Tia McNabb

    Program Manager, Networking and Inspiration, WXN

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