Never Stop Learning: Staying Curious & Proving You're Capable Can Make the Difference Between Failure & Success by Elisa Schmitz
When I first met Emily Smith, she was vice president of the Disney Family Group – and she was in the process of acquiring my first business, iParenting. In her role at Disney, Emily oversaw all creative and business aspects of the division. To grow reach, her team acquired and integrated three companies – including iParenting. Working with Emily, I learned so much about grit, resilience and viability, and Emily became a mentor to me.
I’m honored that Emily shared her inspiring story in my new book, Become the Fire: Transform Life’s Chaos into Business and Personal Success. As the featured “Flame” in the chapter on becoming viable, Emily explains how she navigated the turbulent digital publishing industry. She shares many insights learned from her experiences on the road to becoming a CEO, to encourage women from all walks of life to achieve their own success.
Emily stresses the importance of staying curious, being nimble and – one of the most impactful lessons of her career – being capable. As Emily shares: “You need to always be learning and making yourself better. Staying up-to-date on tools and adapting quickly to change is so important.”
You can read more about Emily, and get many more of her insights, by preordering your copy of Become the Fire (foreword by Mary Dillon, former CEO of Ulta Beauty) for yourself or for someone you think may benefit from the stories and lessons shared by her and this diverse group of highly successful women:
- Paula Boggs, former chief legal officer of Starbucks
- Laura Desmond, former CEO of Starcom
- Talita Ramos Erickson, chief legal officer and chief D&I officer of Barilla
- Sarah Hofstetter, president of Profitero
- Angela Martinez Korompilas, former CEO of American Hotel Register Company
- Kim Oster Holstein, founder of Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels and Twisted Alchemy
- Winnie Park, CEO of Forever 21
- Jules Pieri, founder of The Grommet and author of How We Make Stuff Now
- Desiree Glapion Rogers, CEO of Black Opal Beauty
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