Women’s event speaker inspires through fun and philanthropy

Consecutively bringing in powerful and influential speakers, Find Your Divine has been an extremely successful and inspirational event.

Barb Stegemann.

Barb Stegemann.

Castlegar News is very excited to announce our fourth annual woman’s event, Find Your Divine, which will be taking place at the Castlegar & District Community Complex on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Consecutively bringing in powerful and influential speakers, Find Your Divine has been an extremely successful and inspirational event, and this year is no exception.

The event is a great excuse to dress up and spend an evening with friends. Sponsors will be showcasing products and services of interest to women. Guests are given time to take in the displays while enjoying fabulous appetizers, enter the numerous prize drawings from sponsors and sip a glass of wine while mingling with women and a few brave men from throughout the region.

This year’s speaker will be Babara Stegemann who 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 Dragon’s Den for the 7 Virtues Beauty Inc.

Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend — a soldier — was severely wounded in Afghanistan.

Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was a key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The 7 Virtues Beauty — a company that sources organic oils from countries (such as Afghanistan, Haiti, the Middle East and Rwanda) experiencing turmoil to encourage change and to reverse the effects of war and poverty.

Despite addressing complex global matters in her talks, she uses humour to explain how individuals can effect change both at home and worlds away.

Since then, Stegemann was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada and was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine’s Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs.

Her fragrance collection won Chatelaine’s Beauty 100 Award, she received the Women Innovators Award from the US State Department at the APEC Women and the Economy Summit and was also made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force.

Stegemann has opened as the keynote speaker for Erin Brockovich, and is often invited to moderate panels and attend events as a delegate with world leaders such as Bill Clinton.

A newsmaker, Stegemann has been featured in major media around the world including in the The Wall Street Journal, The London Sunday Times, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Tattler, and on CBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and more.

Stegemann is also the author of the bestselling book The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen and a documentary on her story Perfume War, directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Michael Melski, won the Best Feature Documentary at the 2016 Atlantic Film Festival, and is receiving critical acclaim at other film festivals across the country.

There will be an opportunity for book signings and perfume sales after the event.

Come find your divine. Tickets are $40 until March 15 and $45 after March 15. Tickets are available at the Castlegar News office, unit 2, 1810 8th Ave., 250.365.6397.