What people have to say...

We’re honored to be able to help folks not only survive their sucker punches and train wrecks, but to come through Brilliant, not broken! Here’s what folks are saying…

We’re honored to be able to help folks not only survive their sucker punches and train wrecks, but to come through Brilliant, not broken! Here’s what some of our Brilliantly Resilient LIVE! show guests have to say…

“Resilience is essential to success. But when you take it a step further and add your Brilliance—that’s bringing the heat! With heart and humor, Kristin and Mary Fran have taken their sucker punches and created a Brilliantly Resilient mission that proves everyone can Reset, Rise and Reveal their Brilliance to the world.”

John Lee Dumas—Host of Entrepreneurs on Fire


“You hear about women with the strength, confidence, and pizzazz that Mary Fran and Kristin embody, and you whisper to yourself, ‘They are beyond me,’ or ‘I can’t be like that.’ Then, you interact with their honesty, humor, imperfection, and joy, and you say, ‘They get it.’ This is a revelation everyone should give herself a chance to have. I found myself digging deeper into my own story than ever before, all because of what Mary Fran and Kristin coaxed me to consider. I found myself connecting dots and releasing shadowed disappointments. Oh, yes, the journey these two lay out is one worth taking!”

Kathy Nimmer—Award-winning teacher, Author & Motivational Speaker


“Resetting your mindset is no easy task. But with Brilliantly Resilient, Mary Fran and Kristin help lead you to uncover your Brilliance by taking small, accessible and actionable steps leading to big results that reflect your values, beliefs and strengths. They’re also funny, approachable and completely relatable. ‘Game Changers’ for sure!”

Rob Angel, Author of Game Changer and Creator of Pictionary


“Kristin Smedley and Mary Fran Bontempo are Brilliantly Resilient and relentless in their pursuit to make the world a better place by sharing their process for overcoming life’s sucker punches and train wrecks. They provide key strategies to help one Go Get It in life despite challenges. A great book by some great ladies! Go get it!”

Chip Baker—Educator, Author, Creator of Chip Baker- The Success Chronicles


“I am thrilled that Mary Fran and Kristin are writing again all with the intention to propel women into believing in themselves, honoring their journey and bravely moving forward towards their goals.  Their movement is inspiring, and they are filled with such deep passion for making a positive difference that it moves and makes those around them lift up and inspire others to do the same.” 

Violette de Ayala—Founder of FemCity, Best Selling Author of The Self-Guided Guru

“Resilience has never been more critical to our existence.  In this time of daily…even hourly change…the ability to adapt and embrace the growth opportunities is the difference between those who survive and those who thrive. Mary Fran and Kristin know from unique experience how to flex those resilience muscles. Even better, they have the special ability to translate those experiences into tactical development for the rest of us!”

Tiffany O’Donnell—CEO, Women Lead Change, www.wlcglobal.org


“You know those women you’re just dying to spend a night over a pitcher of margaritas? That would be Mary Fran and Kristin. This dynamic duo is truly a match made in heaven. Fortunately for us, they’re doing their divine work right here on earth. They are sharing their brilliance to lift us humans up and brighten our spirits at just the right time. Their powerful stories will make you laugh and they’ll make you cry. They will open your eyes to what is possible when you’re a Fierce Midlife woman who believes in the power of Resilience. We are born brilliant. We simply forget as we get older and they are here to remind us of the power we hold within. I believe the lower we fall, the higher we bounce. Mary Fran and Kristin are proving that to be true beyond measure. Their stories are wildly different, each one a combination of heartbreak and inspiration. They share a common thread in two women pushed to the edge who, ultimately, learned how to fly. They are living examples of the power of the indomitable human spirit. Buy the book and rediscover how Brilliantly Resilient you are!” 

Catherine Grace O’Connell—Founder and CEO of CatherineGraceO and Mastering Modern Midlife


“As someone who is alive today because I turned my hope for a cure for my disease into action, I didn’t think I could be more driven to take action. Somehow Kristin Smedley and Mary Fran Bontempo managed to motivate and inspire me through Brilliantly Resilient to fight harder than ever, and they provide the tools and strategies we all need to uncover our Resilience and begin to share our Brilliance with the world.”

David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc—National Bestselling Author of Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Actionwww.ChasingMyCure.com


“If life has thrown you a curveball, there is comfort in knowing that other people get benched too. What Mary Fran and Kristin have put together in “Brilliantly Resilient” is light in a dark place–filled with stories of how to find your spark then how to light that sucker up! You will find compassion, courage, and the Brilliance of how to become more Resilient. Your life is not defined by your challenges; it’s defined by the choices you make to be Brilliantly Resilient.”

Nicole Simonin, Health and Fitness Coach ShapeItUpFitness.com


“When you are going through a difficult time, Mary Fran Bontempo and Kirstin Smedley are the women to get you through. They’ve either ‘been there done that’ or been close enough to say ‘let’s figure out a way to get you through this.’  Now, they’ve put all their experience and chutzpa in a book. They will remind you of what you’ve survived in the past, your power and your gifts – and then inspire you to reach beyond your current struggle to step into your divine brilliance. When you need strength, they lend you theirs. These women swam in waters they never intended and came out gold medalists and they want nothing more than for you to do the same. When life gives you a whole pile of ‘what the hell am I going to do with all of this,’ this book will give you a little nudge (or a knock on the head) to help you say ‘I’ve got this.'” 

Dr. Jennifer Gardella–Social Media Expert, www.jennifergardella.com

“Kristin and Mary Fran are a perfect combo of humor, realness, and go gettem’ness.  Through the Brilliantly Resilient process, they motivate and challenge us to uncover our Resilience, take action and embrace our own special Brilliance to share our gifts with the world. These are two courageous women. I’m proud to be a member of the Brilliantly Resilient tribe!” 

Ming Shelby, Speaker, Teacher, Founder of Courage Up Podcast