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Be Your Authentic Self: Self-Awareness & Owning Your Authenticity Help You Achieve More Success

By Elisa Schmitz / January 18, 2023 /

Sarah Hofstetter has always been unapologetically herself. Her parents divorced when she was 13, then both remarried, creating a blended family. Sarah could be found picking up after the younger kids and helping to balance the family checkbook while constantly packing bags to bounce between her parents’ homes.  Sarah’s maternal grandfather – a rabbi who…

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Michelle Yeoh & Jamie Lee Curtis: What This Powerful Moment from the Golden Globe™ Awards Says About Female Allyship

By Elisa Schmitz / January 12, 2023 / Comments Off on Michelle Yeoh & Jamie Lee Curtis: What This Powerful Moment from the Golden Globe™ Awards Says About Female Allyship

I believe that women supporting women is essential to our collective success. That’s why I wrote Become the Fire, and it’s why the book stresses the importance of female allyship. When we take an active role in fostering each other’s achievement – through role modeling, coaching, mentoring, networking, promoting, connecting, etc. – and as we…

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“Become the Fire” for Moms: How Parents Can Transform Life’s Chaos into Personal Success

By Elisa Schmitz / January 8, 2023 / Comments Off on “Become the Fire” for Moms: How Parents Can Transform Life’s Chaos into Personal Success

In my book, Become the Fire: Transform Life’s Chaos into Business and Personal Success, I share 10 lessons that show success in career and life is not dependent on how smooth a path you have. It’s about mastering your own transformation – from being thrown into the fire to becoming the fire – every single…

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Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone: Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable Gives You an Edge

By Elisa Schmitz / January 2, 2023 / Comments Off on Stretch Beyond Your Comfort Zone: Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable Gives You an Edge

When I first met Laura Desmond, she was the CEO of advertising behemoth Starcom and we were speaking on a panel at the Cincinnati, Ohio, headquarters of Procter & Gamble, the consumer packaged goods giant, about “Courageousness in the Workplace.” The audience was made up of hundreds of the Fortune 50 public company’s rising female executives and…

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“Become the Fire” Is Now an Audiobook: Grab Your Headphones & Be Inspired

By Elisa Schmitz / December 30, 2022 / Comments Off on “Become the Fire” Is Now an Audiobook: Grab Your Headphones & Be Inspired

Looking for inspiration as we head into the New Year? I’m a huge fan of audiobooks because they make it so easy to be inspired. You just grab your headphones and start listening! I just learned that the audio version of Become the Fire has been released on Audible by my audio publisher, Ascent Audio.…

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Happy Holidays: The Best Holiday Tradition Is Spreading Kindness Like Swirling Snowflakes

By Elisa Schmitz / December 23, 2022 / Comments Off on Happy Holidays: The Best Holiday Tradition Is Spreading Kindness Like Swirling Snowflakes

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, right? So with all that joy swirling around, why do we often feel so stressed and overwhelmed? With so much pulling at us, with so many people needing our attention, with so many bittersweet memories of the way holidays used to be, and with so…

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“Become the Fire” Book Signing: Building Community Has Never Been So Much Fun

By Elisa Schmitz / December 20, 2022 / Comments Off on “Become the Fire” Book Signing: Building Community Has Never Been So Much Fun

As an entrepreneur, one of the things I love most about what I do is building community. At my first business, iParenting, we built a community for expectant and new parents that grew into one of the biggest parenting communities online. After iParenting was acquired by Disney, it was tucked into the larger community of the Disney…

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Push Past Your Fear: Being Courageous Helps You Achieve More Success

By Elisa Schmitz / December 15, 2022 / Comments Off on Push Past Your Fear: Being Courageous Helps You Achieve More Success

Desirée Glapion Rogers didn’t plan on being a trailblazer, and being one didn’t always come easily. But her courage led the way. In fact, fearless is one of the first words she uses to describe herself. As the first African American woman to run the Illinois State Lottery, the first African American woman to become…

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Be the Inspiration: Leading With Compassion & Empathy Helps You to Succeed

By Elisa Schmitz / December 8, 2022 / Comments Off on Be the Inspiration: Leading With Compassion & Empathy Helps You to Succeed

Talita Ramos Erickson’s upbringing in Brazil served as the perfect backdrop for building a career in diversity and inclusion. Talita’s neighborhood, near the Argentina and Paraguay borders, was “extra diverse,” she says, exposing her to a wide variety of cultures and people. With a grandmother who was half Black and half Indigenous Brazilian, and a…

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I Believe: The Power of Faith & Why Singing in the Car Is Like Therapy

By Elisa Schmitz / December 6, 2022 / Comments Off on I Believe: The Power of Faith & Why Singing in the Car Is Like Therapy

Those of you who read Become the Fire know how much I love to sing. It’s a fun form of self-expression, but the release it provides is also therapeutic. Especially when you’re in the car. I’ve had a lot of medical appointments and disappointing lab results lately, more so than usual. This means I’ve been…

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