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Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress One: April Showers Bring May Flowers & Much More

By Elisa Schmitz / May 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Six Dresses, May Flowers Edition, Dress One: April Showers Bring May Flowers & Much More

It’s been raining – a lot. I don’t mean just those April showers; I mean this entire past year. Overcast skies, storm clouds and torrential rain – all in the form of a global pandemic that has wreaked havoc on our health and safety, and our personal and professional lives. It’s been raining so hard…

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Top Qualities That Make Entrepreneurs & Company Founders Successful in Business

By Elisa Schmitz / April 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Top Qualities That Make Entrepreneurs & Company Founders Successful in Business

So much goes into creating a successful company or career. The reality is, there’s no single secret to being a successful entrepreneur or business founder. It often comes down to a mix of elements such as having the right idea at the right time; the relevant skills, ability and attitude; the relentless work ethic, passion…

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Six Dresses, Winter Coat Edition: Why Coats are the New Dresses & How They Remind Us of All That’s Possible

By Elisa Schmitz / February 18, 2021 / Comments Off on Six Dresses, Winter Coat Edition: Why Coats are the New Dresses & How They Remind Us of All That’s Possible

The snow is swirling, the wind is whipping, and the temps are plunging. Welcome to February in Chicago, better known as Chiberia. The time of year when coats are the new dresses. Winter can be gray and dreary, and sometimes the lack of sunshine can get this warm-weather-loving Latina down. Needing inspiration more than ever,…

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Positively Empowering: Producer Dana Webber’s Inspiring Documentaries About Michelle Obama & Jennifer Aniston

By Elisa Schmitz / January 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Positively Empowering: Producer Dana Webber’s Inspiring Documentaries About Michelle Obama & Jennifer Aniston

What do Michelle Obama and Jennifer Aniston have in common? Aside from being among the most famous women on the planet, they are both known for their positive mindsets and inspiring influence. And, they are both the subjects of empowering new documentaries by producer Dana Webber, founder and CEO of Legacy Distribution. “We knew they…

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Holiday & New Year Edition: Let’s Make 2021 the Year of Being “Extra”

By Elisa Schmitz / January 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Holiday & New Year Edition: Let’s Make 2021 the Year of Being “Extra”

As Christmas approached and I looked to my closet for holiday inspiration, I saw dress after dress like specters, phantoms of my former life. Like the Ghost of Christmas Past, each dress holds a memory. That’s why while decorating for Christmas, my husband and I decided to shoot this series for the holidays and New Year.…

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Six Dresses, Thanksgiving Edition: How I’m Letting My Dresses Do the Talking for Me

By Elisa Schmitz / December 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Six Dresses, Thanksgiving Edition: How I’m Letting My Dresses Do the Talking for Me

My first Six Dresses article was intended to get me out of my lockdown wardrobe of yoga pants and hoodies and back into the dresses in my closet that I used to wear all the time, pre-pandemic. By dressing up in my evening gowns again, I ended up not only having the most fun I’ve…

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Six Dresses: The Power of Fashion to Transform How You Look on the Outside & How You Feel on the Inside

By Elisa Schmitz / October 30, 2020 / Comments Off on Six Dresses: The Power of Fashion to Transform How You Look on the Outside & How You Feel on the Inside

I used to wear dresses – a lot. Whether casual dresses or business dresses or cocktail dresses or even ball gowns. Then, the pandemic hit. Our world changed so drastically, so quickly, and many of us weren’t prepared for such a sudden shift in our lives. Suddenly it seemed like I wore jeans and T-shirts…

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From the Ground Up: Building a Business Through Content & Community

By Elisa Schmitz / September 16, 2020 / Comments Off on From the Ground Up: Building a Business Through Content & Community

Last year, I spoke to a group of students, alumni and marketing professionals at my alma mater, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, on a panel discussion titled Medill Women in Marketing – Current Trends and Challenges in an Evolving Industry. Following that panel, I was interviewed for Medill’s Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications. Here…

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“Shark Tank” Star Daymond John’s Top Tip for Entrepreneur Success

By Elisa Schmitz / August 13, 2020 / Comments Off on “Shark Tank” Star Daymond John’s Top Tip for Entrepreneur Success

As an entrepreneur, Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU and investor/star of Shark Tank, is a serious inspiration to me. He had a vision to start a clothing company for young men in his neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, because he believed the knit ski caps that were so popular at the time were overpriced. His mother taught him to sew…

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11 Key Traits of Successful Startup Founders & Entrepreneurs

By Elisa Schmitz / August 12, 2020 / Comments Off on 11 Key Traits of Successful Startup Founders & Entrepreneurs

I often get asked the secrets of startup success. The truth is, there is no single secret to being a successful startup founder. It often comes down to a kind of “perfect storm” that includes elements such as having the right idea at the right time; the relevant skills, ability and attitude; the relentless work ethic, passion…

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