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“Become the Fire” Is the Perfect Gift for Anyone Who Needs Inspiration & Motivation

By Elisa Schmitz / December 13, 2023 / Comments Off on “Become the Fire” Is the Perfect Gift for Anyone Who Needs Inspiration & Motivation

I’ve been fortunate to hear from many of my community members that they’re gifting my book, Become the Fire, this holiday season to people in their lives who need inspiration and motivation. Whether they’re unsure about the next move to make in their career or the next step to take along their entrepreneurship journey or…

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Foot Locker CEO Mary Dillon Shares Insights on Culture, Inclusion & Impact in Marketing

By Elisa Schmitz / November 22, 2023 / Comments Off on Foot Locker CEO Mary Dillon Shares Insights on Culture, Inclusion & Impact in Marketing

When you consider diversity and inclusion in business, you may think of it as a “nice to have.” The truth is, though, that diversity in business leadership builds a better culture and yields higher financial returns – making it a “need to have” for companies that want to win big.  That’s just one of the…

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“Become the Fire” Book Review by Networking Expert, Coach & Author J. Kelly Hoey

By Elisa Schmitz / November 9, 2023 / Comments Off on “Become the Fire” Book Review by Networking Expert, Coach & Author J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a networking expert and author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World. Kelly is a highly regarded speaker and coach, and she puts a lot of great information into the world to help career- and entrepreneurial-minded women succeed.  That’s why I’m so excited to share her…

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For My Birthday, I Share Reflections On Hope & Gratitude During the Most Challenging of Times

By Elisa Schmitz / October 30, 2023 / Comments Off on For My Birthday, I Share Reflections On Hope & Gratitude During the Most Challenging of Times

In the week leading up to my birthday, I was fortunate to spend time with family. It’s a good thing we pre-celebrated because today, on my actual birthday, things are much different – thanks to COVID. Several loved ones I spent time with are now sick and, because I was exposed, I’m spending a lot…

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“Become the Fire” Earns the Prestigious Gold Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

By Elisa Schmitz / September 7, 2023 / Comments Off on “Become the Fire” Earns the Prestigious Gold Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

I’m so proud to share that Become the Fire won the Gold Medal from the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards! “Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that Become the Fire by Elisa Schmitz won the Gold Medal in the Non-Fiction – Motivational category,” writes Readers’ Favorite. “The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands…

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8 Leadership Development Concepts to Help You Turn a Page in Your Career

By Elisa Schmitz / August 28, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Leadership Development Concepts to Help You Turn a Page in Your Career

Leadership means motivating yourself and others to make the world a better place. That’s how I define what it means to be a leader, and that’s how I kicked off my author talk last week at Northwestern University.  I was honored that Stephanie Lawson, who I met though my work with the NU Council of…

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“Become the Fire” Goes Global: How Our Message Is Having An Impact Around the World

By Elisa Schmitz / July 26, 2023 / Comments Off on “Become the Fire” Goes Global: How Our Message Is Having An Impact Around the World

“Become the Fire” has gone global. During her recent visit to South Korea, Foot Locker CEO Mary Dillon was asked to sign a copy of Become the Fire, for which she wrote the Foreword.  While meeting with her team in Seoul, a Foot Locker associate approached Mary with a copy of the book. Mary not only signed the book, but…

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Celebrating Pride Month: Diversity Matters, Peeps – Inside, We’re All the Same

By Elisa Schmitz / June 26, 2023 / Comments Off on Celebrating Pride Month: Diversity Matters, Peeps – Inside, We’re All the Same

In honor of Pride Month (and anytime), a gentle reminder to my peeps, from my peeps: Inside, we’re all the same. Love is love. 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️ According to the Library of Congress, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated in June each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York…

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Get the “Become the Fire” Audiobook for 75% Off Right Now on Audiobooks.com

By Elisa Schmitz / May 19, 2023 / Comments Off on Get the “Become the Fire” Audiobook for 75% Off Right Now on Audiobooks.com

We have some very exciting news: the audiobook version of Become the Fire: Transform Life’s Chaos into Business and Personal Success, is on sale right now for 75 percent off! This is the first time the “Become the Fire” audiobook has been on sale and it’s for a “limited time only,” according to the publisher…

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Be Friends with Failure: Why Resilience, Curiosity & Being a Lifelong Learner Lead to More Success

By Elisa Schmitz / May 5, 2023 / Comments Off on Be Friends with Failure: Why Resilience, Curiosity & Being a Lifelong Learner Lead to More Success

Paula Boggs was just 21 years old when she jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. If you had told her even a few months before that she’d be leaping from a military C-130 the summer between her junior and senior years of college, she would have laughed. But despite being afraid of heights, Paula…

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