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Brenda Schmid

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VI

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

 

 

 

 

Brenda Schmid

Brenda was born into a Christian family in Grand Rapids, MI, on Valentine’s Day, 1954. From kindergarten until the day she graduated from Calvin College with a BA in sociology, she attended Christian schools. Brenda believes that her strong Christian foundation shaped her life in a positive, wonderful way.

Brenda moved to Chicago when she was in her late twenties. Quite by accident, she got into the flooring business and stayed there for the better part of twenty-five years. She was a marketing rep for Amoco Fabrics and Fibers and Wools of New Zealand, and a sales rep for Nourison Industries. All of these positions involved extensive travel, so she learned to organize her schedule, manage her time, manage a budget, and work by herself with little supervision.

In 1991, she married for the first and only time. They were happily married for many years, but his adultery ended the marriage in 2007.

For the last three years, she has been happily retired. Brenda has always loved animals, so she recently decided to become a guinea pig mommy. She currently has five of the adorable little rodents. Her goal is to write a series of children’s books chronicling the lives of her piggies.

Since she no longer travels for work, she now has the time to volunteer at church and attend daytime Bible studies. She especially enjoys serving in the nursery on Wednesday mornings.

Her other two passions are classic rock concerts and leisure travel. Although she still has a long bucket list, she tries to take a major trip every year. Some of her most fun adventures have occurred in New Zealand, Egypt, Israel, Dubai, Bora Bora and Italy. Regarding classic rock, she usually attends between five and ten concerts every year.

Last but not least, Brenda is a huge Detroit sports fan and enjoys attending baseball and football games. Go Lions! Go Tigers!

 

Brenda Schmid
[email protected]
224-532-3403

 

 


 

A Near Death Experience Saved My Life

On August 15, 2009, Brenda was involved in a horrific boating accident. The boat she was in collided with another boat, causing her boat to capsize. She was trapped underneath it, and it was estimated that she was under water for six to eight minutes. It took marine unit officers ten minutes to resuscitate her.

For the next three months, Brenda was out of work and extremely depressed. After two hospital stays, one surgery, two rounds of physical therapy and home stays with two different friends, she made a miraculous recovery.

In her story, she outlines what she learned from this experience. Her three themes are: The Power of Prayer, The Power of Supportive Friends, The Power of Gratitude.

 

Melissa McSherry

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VI

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

 

 

 

 

Melissa McSherry

Melissa McSherry has been a successful entrepreneur since 2010. She has launched two successful businesses, doubled her monthly income, and created a true life by design, all while raising a six-year-old son. She has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, helping them slash their stress while doubling their income, doubling their free time, and creating everything they want out of their business and their life.

 

Melissa McSherry
Better Than Before
[email protected]
www.melissamcsherry.net
303-895-5866

 

 

 


 

The Tiny Word That Revolutionized My Life

Melissa’s story is about her journey to overcoming mediocrity, and creating the life, business, and income she wanted. And it all started with one tiny word, “no.”

 

Sharmila Wijeyakumar

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VI

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

 

 

 

 

Sharmila Wijeyakumar

A wife and mother, Sharmila Wijeyakumar enjoys serving others, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She has a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communication from Purdue University, with minors in psychology and management information systems. A senior account executive at Liferay, Sharmila has a long and distinguished career in enterprise software sales, with a specialization in new market launches. She has been honored in the Who’s Who of Professional Women in IT.  A published author, she enjoys helping tech start-ups. Whilst pursuing her software career, she dedicated her life to God, and to ending human trafficking, including work globally to reduce the number of child trafficking victims in thirteen Spanish-speaking countries. Sharmila is widely recognized as COO and co-founder of Rahab’s Daughters, a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates victims of human trafficking. Selected as one of CRN magazine’s Women of the Channel four years in a row (2010-2014), the Daily Ledger also named her one of the most Influential Women in Suburban Chicago. In 2017, she won a Stevie award for Female Executive of the Year. Sharmila spreads joy and compassion wherever she goes.

 

Sharmila Wijeyakumar
Rahab’s Daughters
[email protected]
www.rahabsdaughters.org
260-460-0492

 

 

 


 

A Journey to Freedom: Overcoming Modern Day Slavery

The story of a woman who overcame her checkered past with the voice of God as her guide and has created a ministry to help others join the fight against human trafficking, better known as modern day slavery.

 

 

Jeanne L. Lyons

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VI

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

 

 

 

Jeanne L. Lyons

Fast tracking the business process enables you to get to the reason you became an entrepreneur in the first place. Conquering your fears, having peak to peak experiences, identifying your passions and realizing your own epiphanies without the pain of getting a whack on the side of the head is where Jeanne Lyons can help. Having walked the path of a mid-life career change herself, while being at the pinnacle of her field, will at least help her to soften any blows. She understands the gut-wrenching apprehension involved in the decision to become an entrepreneur.

The Accelerated Synergies™ programs are designed to quicken the learning curve in making a career change by breaking through the limiting beliefs of “I’m not good enough,” “I’m too old,” and “Do I really want to start over?” Jeanne’s tools include techniques to alleviate the anxiety of leaving a comfortable and lucrative job, and her mastermind groups include educational components to establish an entrepreneurial business. These tools and programs will help to rapidly establish your entrepreneurial business and lessen the isolation and confusion which so often accompanies being a solo-preneur.

Ms. Lyons is an accomplished international speaker, coach, and author. Her broad Western medical training and more than thirty years of management experience with extensive regulatory and compliance knowledge gives her a unique perspective on holistic, energetic, and Eastern practices which complement her coaching.

She has a passion for the arts which feeds her soul. She has supported the community by being an ambassador for the chamber of commerce and an officer for various non-profit arts boards. She delights in helping others accelerate their success.

Contact her to receive Five Steps for Changing your Career.

 

Jeanne L. Lyons
Accelerated Synergies(TM)
[email protected]
www.acceleratedsynergies.com
408-835-9950

 

 

 


 

A Whack on the Side of My Head

What’s in your YOU-niverse? Does it take a whack on the side of your head to recognize and find your life’s purpose? This story takes you from grief and despair to triumph. It teaches you that you can achieve peak to peak experiences while receiving a jolt to the side of your heart. Change does not have to strike fear in you and it is never too late to begin again. You can be whoever you want in your YOU-niverse.

 

 

Sharon M. Wilson

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VI

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

 

 

 

Sharon M. Wilson

Learning & Development Consultant / Personal-Professional Development Coach / Altruist

Any given week, you will find Sharon consulting with her corporate clients on a variety of learning and development topics, collaborating with colleagues to create and facilitate life-altering learning experiences, assisting clients in packaging their experience, coaching clients on career transition or relationships, volunteering at her daughter’s school or driving her to soccer practice, designing inspirational gifts for her and her daughter’s craft business, or creating memories with family and friends.

Sharon has broken through significant limiting beliefs to continue to create the “crazy” meaningful life she imagined, and wants to help others realize their potential, and right, to do the same! Sharon has contributed twenty-five years to the corporate, healthcare, education, and not-for-profit sectors in a variety of roles and leadership positions. She was always inspired by and drawn to professional opportunities to teach and mentor. Her life-changing experience as a Stepmom provoked her belief that she could transform these interests into a career as she became a certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner through iPEC, started her own company ALIGN Training and Coaching, and pursued a MS degree in management and organizational behavior.

Sharon’s most recent endeavors include: Inspire the Soul, an inspirational gift business she has started with her teen daughter. Creating Harmony in the Blended Family, a coaching program designed specifically to assist Stepmoms in navigating the relationships within their blended families. Breaking My Boundaries, an empowering woman’s conference designed to help women conquer their limiting beliefs.

 

Sharon M. Wilson
ALIGN Training & Coaching
[email protected]
www.aligntc.com
847-714-6245

 

 

 


 

The Stepmom Journey: Get to Know YOU First

Sharon’s quick transformation into the very important role of Stepmom left her feeling more alone, conflicted, insecure, and frustrated than she had ever been in her life. As a result, she began her own personal development journey that transformed the way she viewed herself, her role, and those in her blended family. Only then was she able take control, move forward, and create the “crazy” meaningful life she had always imagined for herself, which also includes stronger, healthier relationships in her blended family.

 

 

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