About Kristen


Kristen Schmitt, the founder of Thrive to Lead, boasts an impressive 25-year track record in coaching within complex sales and leadership landscapes. Her journey before establishing her own coaching practice was marked by a series of sales leadership roles at Pearson Education, where she consistently earned top-performing accolades at both district and senior management levels.

Kristen is remarkable at building and nurturing high-performing teams, fostering professional success and personal growth among her team members. Her talent for developing and retaining top-tier talent is a testament to her exceptional leadership skills.

A graduate of Central Michigan University, Kristen is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and also a certified team coach. She is actively involved in various professional development organizations. Outside of her professional endeavors, Kristen enjoys Pilates and singing. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, JT, and their two children, Joey and Allison.

"Kristen is an amazing leader and a gifted manager. As a former direct report, she taught me all of the fundamentals I needed to build a successful career. She understands how to get the best out of people and get results. Working with Kristen inspired me to also become a manager and I have since built my own top performing team.

— Matthew Pastier, Customer Advisor, Enterprise Books, Amazon
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