About Kristen

 

Kristen Schmitt is the founder of Thrive to Lead, LLC., and brings 22 years of experience coaching formally and informally in complex sales and leadership environments. Prior to creating her coaching and consulting practice, Kristen held various sales leadership roles for Pearson Education, attaining top performer awards at both district and senior management levels.

Over time, Kristen built multiple teams of individuals who thrived professionally and personally, while she also excelled at developing and retaining top talent.

Kristen holds a BBA from Central Michigan University, and is a Certified Master Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification. She is also certified to administer and interpret Hogan Personality Assessments. Kristen is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Vistage International, NAWBO, Conway Center for Family Business, and Columbus Bar Association. She resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, JT and 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, DISTRICT SALES MANAGER, MCGRAW-HILL EDUCATION
  • Kristen's coaching was instrumental for me during the early stages of my sales and business career. Through working with Kristen, I improved my strategic communication skills, which led to stronger customer relationships. She was also formative in the development of my business acumen. Kristen's guidance leads to actions which lead to results. As a sales rep, in my first year of working with Kristen, I increased sales by 34%.
    — CHRISTINE SIMPSON, PURCHASING MANAGER, OHIO LASER
  • For over a decade I witnessed, first hand, how to successfully build and lead a team. Learning from Kristen allowed me to achieve much success in my own career. Her leadership, teaching and sales skills are second to none.
    — DAVID KURZAWA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS, KNEWTON