The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce will welcome one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women to the Golf and Curling Center on Wednesday as the keynote speaker for its Business Education Month wrap-up event.
Barb Stegemann, bestselling author and founder of The 7 Virtues fragrance collection, will lead a discussion on adversity in the workplace, a topic she has plenty of familiarity with.
“As a hearing-impaired woman, raised on welfare by a single mom in rural Nova Scotia, I know what some barriers look like,” she said. “I believe we just have to learn to navigate around them, over them, under them, whichever way possible, to get to our goals.”
However, as Stagemann notes, not all barriers are easy to see.
“I did a presentation with a brave soldier at our 14 Wing Greenwood RCAF Base and it was called ‘Invisible Disabilities.’ I thought this was a great description for what many face in terms of adversity in the workplace. This brave soldier, Rob Dolson, shared how he had PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after serving in Afghanistan with my best friend Cpt. (Trevor) Greene. I shared how I have a hearing impairment, and together, Rob and I were able to let others know that you are not alone.”
As a sought out speaker, Stegemann has shared her own story all over the world. Part of her story includes becoming the fist woman from Atlantic Canada to secure an investment from investors on the CBC reality show Dragon’s Den in 2010.
Stegemann also discusses the story of The 7 Virtues, and the significance that her virtues - wonder, moderation, truth, courage, justice, wisdom and beauty - carry.
“These timeless, stoic virtues have guided world leaders for centuries and they work today as well as they did 2,400 years ago.”
As part of her business, Stegemann uses The 7 Virtues to promote peace through economic development by supporting suppliers in rebuilding nations like Haiti, Rwanda and Afghanistan.
While Stegemann continues to share her story, she’s encouraging others do the same, and says that doing so creates diversity and enlightenment, which contributes to a successful work environment.
“I find once I share my story, others open up and talk about their hearing impairment or the hearing impairment of a loved one,” she said. “Suddenly, I am able to share how to get the best hearing aids and what to look for. So you never know if someone is going through the same thing you are, or someone they love. So it’s really liberating to share your story.”
Individual tickets to the wrap-up event cost $30, corporate tables of eight are available for $240.