Award-winning author guest speaker at Chamber of Commerce AGM

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - An award-winning author will be guest speaking at next week's chamber of commerce annual general meeting.

Barb Stegemann, author of The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, will be featured Tuesday at the annual Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The author's philosophy of never stop learning and never stop teaching, has been given during more than 100 talks throughout Nova Scotia since the company opened. Stegemann's idea of excellence is to simply be better than we were yesterday.
"We all have our own answers and own compass within us, and we need to start listening to that," said Stegemann, who left her fulltime job to open The 7 Virtues Communications Group a year ago.
"It's about getting back to a very simple plan for yourself."
With a background in economic and community development, Stegemann started following the wisdom of philosophers Plato, Socrates and Adam Smith.
Delivering her message to mainly women in the beginning, Stegemann said she soon discovered that no matter who she talked to, this was something everyone should be included in.
"Not everyone has that (philosophical) upbringing," she said.
With universal properties to her talk, Stegemann said she made it applicable to her own life and her own business.
Debbie Allen with the Chamber of Commerce said Stegemann was chosen because the chamber thought the message would be viewed as in "perfect time."
"We're recognizing that Amherst business people are experiencing a renewed sense of promise and hope for our future economic success. There's no question that recent months have revealed a more positive and enthusiastic Amherst."
Stegemann's communications group helps large corporations and organizations adapt to changing environments.
She's made it her life's work to empower people to realize that they can create solutions regardless of the challenges by working together in harmony.
"If not, that's when the disconnection is there, creating urban decay and an out-migration pattern," Stegemann said.
The AGM begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at the Wandlyn Inn. Cost is $40 for members, $45 for non-members.
More information can be obtained by e-mailing

Organizations: Chamber of Commerce AGM, Area Chamber of Commerce, Virtues Communications Group Wandlyn Inn

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia

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