Following my paper heart™;

the story of how one woman went from a corporate marketing director to running a six-figure ‘side hustle’—and all the lessons she learned along the way

by Stefanie MacDonald, Speaker & Consultant


With a natural gift for connecting with people, Stefanie MacDonald engages with her audience, providing insights into the vulnerable places of Entrepreneurship that we don’t often talk about.

In her riveting keynote ‘Following my paper heart™’, Stefanie MacDonald recounts the story of how she went from working a full time corporate job to following her heart and starting a 6-figure stationery business from scratch. 

Like all great stories, this one comes with some extreme twists and turns. From getting featured in Forbes to nearly losing her brand to a trademark battle; Stefanie takes her audience through the journey in a series of take-away messages, allowing them to take what they need to bring them strength and motivation—wherever they are in their business. 


About Stefanie:

Stefanie MacDonald owns and operates Halifax Paper Hearts™, a stationery studio featured in Forbes, The Financial Post, The Huffington Post and other international publications. Known for their clever puns and thoughtful designs, Halifax Paper Hearts™ makes note cards, prints and maps with love, care and salty air on the East Coast of Canada.

Halifax Paper Hearts products can be found in over 150 retail boutiques across Canada & the U.S and recently signed a partnership with national retailer Sobey’s.

When she’s not packaging orders and creating new connections, you can find Stefanie advocating for youth leadership and entrepreneurship. She spends a great deal of time volunteering as a Board Director with Catapult Leadership Society and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Stefanie has received Volunteer Awards from both the City of Halifax, and the Province of Nova Scotia for her community work. Her business was named a finalist for the Halifax Chamber's New Business of the Year Award, and she is the recipient of the Progress Club Woman of Excellence Award, and the Chronicle Herald's NOW NS Good News Award for her work as both a volunteer and entrepreneur. 

Honest, raw and truthful about the realities of entrepreneurship, Stefanie demonstrated that when you are passionate and believe in yourself you will find a way to be successful.
— Kerra, Social Media Consultant |

About the Keynote:

  • 45-minute keynote presentation is best to kick-off or close an event. With Stefanie’s ability to find the best in every situation, audience members will leave with the key message: You can do anything. Just keep trying.

  • 90-minute networking event is a keynote presentation with a networking component. If you’re looking for an event for your membership or to draw in your ideal audience, this event can be altered to have an extra 15 minutes for you to add your own mini-pitch before introducing Stefanie.

Stefanie is a powerhouse presenter. I was blown away by just how captivatingly she told her story. There were moments where I’m sure that everyone in the audience had goosebumps. Stefanie’s presentation was raw, genuine and empowering. If you’re looking for a surefire hit speaker for your next event, you’ve found her.
— Katelyn Bourgoin, Growth Strategist |

Keynote includes a 45 minute strategy session prior to the event to get to know your audience, and what their pain points are.

Several topics available:

Tenacity in business:

How showing up every day, no matter what’s happening in your business, can build over time.

Changing your perspective:

Taking seemingly impossible situations and finding your way back to success via a change in perspective.

Working through financial crisis

How to handle the anxiety around financial crisis and work through it to find success.

Personal wellness in business:

Coming back from complete and full body burnout, letting go of the reigns and learning to delegate or die—literally.

Each keynote presentation is customized to the audience it serves, making sure that every person in the audience leaves feeling engaged and motivated to succeed past their hardest times as a business owner.

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