Jenn Harper

Jenn Harper

Founder & CEO
Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC.

An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jenn Harper, is the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC. Cheekbone Beauty is a digitally native direct-to-consumer brand that is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand while using the concept of Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) in the brand's ethos and in developing products—creating a new segment in the beauty industry - Sustainable Socially Conscious Beauty.

Jennifer Harper has been making a name for herself in the beauty industry for several years but gained popularity quickly after being on the hit CBC show Dragons Den.

Cheekbone Beauty's mission is to help every Indigenous youth see and feel their enormous value in the world while creating sustainable cosmetics. In addition to Cheekbone's mission, Jenn strives to educate as many people as possible about the Residential School System's effects on generational trauma. She regularly speaks to university, college, and high school students and corporations and organizations about social entrepreneurship, empathy, and her First Nations family history.

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Right Your Story: It Starts with a Decision

How to reclaim your story and be the change through building your business.

Jennifer Harper has been making a name for Cheekbone Beauty as a sustainable beauty business gaining popularity after being on the hit CBC show Dragons Den. Having launched a new product line with SEPHORA and a new scholarship program for Indigenous youth, Cheekbone’s momentum has been jaw-dropping, with the brand set to become a leading global beauty bringing sustainability and Indigenous values to the beauty industry. But, it all started with a decision sparked by trauma, a journey of healing.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to turn trauma into a turning point.
  • How to heal and thrive through building your business.
  • How to build a brand synonymous with sustainability, equality and impact.

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Future-Proofing: Fireside Chat with Joanna Griffiths, Founder of Knix

How to enter and succeed in a saturated industry.

Joanna Griffiths launched Knix to transform an underwear market that had too much frill and not enough function. A trailblazer with the creation of Leakproof Underwear, Joanna has redefined the intimates industry through patented technology and a commitment to community and sustainability. Join Jennifer Harper, CEO of Cheekbone Beauty, as she sits down with Joanna Griffiths, CEO of Knix, to uncover the key decision points in Joanna’s journey in building Knix into a global intimates leader.

Audiences will learn:

  • Ways to co-create your business with your community.
  • How to make decisions about digital, e-commerce and retail strategies.
  • Why a commitment to sustainability and innovation is essential for business success.