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Meet Komal Minhas, the unstoppable Canadian entrepreneur who took the White House by storm

Komal Minhas doens’t let anything get in the way of her dreams: not losing a job, not uncertainty, not the challenge of meeting with high-profile individuals, not even cancer.

The young media entrepreneur is one of two visionaries behind “Dream, Girl,” a documentary highlighting inspiring female entrepreneurs. The movie was Girl was named the number one “Feminist Film to Watch” by Huffington Post.

Minhas discussed her love of video and film production, how tenacity and hard work have helped her make the most of fortuitous connections and opportunities, embracing challenge, and more. – Komal Minhas has never been the kind of woman who takes ‘no’ for an answer.

At the age of 23, she strong-armed her way into meeting Oprah at a special event in Ottawa. Minhas hassled organizers until they coughed up a backstage pass. She had grown up watching Oprah on the TV in her living room, and wasn’t about to let the opportunity to meet one of her heroes pass her by.

She got herself face-to-face with the legendary producer and philanthropist, and Minhas told her:

“Oprah, we’re going to meet many times in our lives, and one day we’re going to work together, and I just wanted to say hello.”

It was a fleeting interaction. Oprah laughed and gave her hug before proceeding to meet the next person in line. But three years later, Minhas and Oprah would connect again — only this time, the celebrity would be asking her for a meeting.

In August, Minhas and her business partner, Erin Bagwell, were named on Oprah’s Super Soul 100 list of “awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity” for co-founding the feminist entrepreneurial film, Dream, Girl. Minhas said Oprah didn’t remember that they had ever met, and her praise for the documentary was entirely coincidental.

It was a jaw-dropping level of recognition, and Minhas felt like the cosmos had aligned around her.

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