The upcoming Sept 21st Women of Insight ‘Retreat in the City’ will feature five incredible speakers, all of them hard-working and successful women who will tell us about the challenges and victories they met on their roads to success. Over the next few weeks I’ll be letting you get to know more about each of these amazing women.

natacha_beim-WEBThis week I’d like to highlight Natacha Beim. Natacha is an internationally recognized educational leader, author, speaker, and parenting expert who founded the highly acclaimed CEFA Early Learning Schools in 1996.

She designed the curriculum as an open learning source where leading educators can continually contribute, allowing the most creative, up-to-date, and advanced philosophies to be incorporated. CEFA won the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 awards for Biggest BC Business owned by women; top Franchise in BC in 2013 and 2014; and ranked 4th in BC’s Fastest Growing Companies for five consecutive years.

A pioneer in the field of modern education, Natacha is passionate about developmental psychology, particularly the early years. She earned her Doctorate in Education from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay, obtained a Masters in Entrepreneurial Studies at MIT, and completed business studies at Harvard University.

Natacha is President Elect on the Board of the Entrepreneurs Organization, and a member of the Young Presidents Organization for businesses grossing over $15 million. She has won the Women of Worth Empowered Educator Award, is a four-time YWCA Woman of Distinction finalist, and received the Women of Distinction Award in 2015 for Education and Training. Natacha was a finalist for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Pacific, and in 2011 was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40 Entrepreneurs. She was appointed to British Columbia’s Provincial Child Care Council by the Minister of Children and Family Development.

Natacha was a published poet by the age of 16, speaks three languages, and includes teacher, ballerina, model, painter, journalist, writer, theatre actress, and marathon runner on her resumé. She still devotes time to these interests, but her passion now lies in helping the next generation of young learners through her CEFA schools. Natacha met the love of her life at 15, married him at 26, is mother to two amazing teenage boys, and loves life.

Join us Sept 21st at Vancouver’s Granville Island Hotel for Retreat in the City and hear more from this incredible woman (and four others!).