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Welcome to the BIG IMPACT Podcast, where we celebrate inspiring, innovative, insightful people who make an impact in our culture. Our goal with every episode is to encourage, uplift, and enlighten every listener to help offset the overwhelming amount of cynical, negative, destructive conversation heard all too often on a national scale.

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Feb 17, 2021

Welcome to The Big Impact Ep 208 as we welcome the co-authors of the best-selling book, "Brilliantly Resilient: Reset, Rise and Reveal Your Brilliance" - Kristin Smedley & Mary Fran Bontempo.

With two of her three children born blind, Kristin Smedley was thrown into a mother’s nightmare with her dreams for her sons’ futures torn apart. Determined that her boys would become productive, vital individuals, Kristin dove headfirst into uncharted waters to equip her sons with the skills and tools they needed to build successful, happy lives. Kristin partnered with Comcast to encourage and promote equipment for the visually impaired, testified before the FDA for legislation for better services for the blind, founded a non-profit for genetic disease research, delivered a TEDx talk centered on setting Extraordinary Expectations, and wrote a book showing both blind and sighted readers the possibilities that exist with imagination and determination. Kristin’s boundless energy and generous spirit allow her to carry her message of empowerment and hope to audiences beyond the blind community through her motivational speaking and programs. Find her at:

Mary Fran Bontempo is an award-winning 2-time TEDx speaker, author, humorist, and podcast host who teaches audiences to uncover their brilliance and resilience 15 minutes at a time. A sought-after presenter, Mary Fran is author ofThe 15 Minute Master and The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words and co-founder of the Brilliantly Resilient program, show and podcast. Mary Fran proves small changes can create life-altering transformations, allowing individuals to be positive and successful in a rapidly changing world.

A Huffington Post,, and Thrive Global contributor and columnist for numerous websites, Mary Fran created a life-affirming brand of wisdom and wit after meeting the challenge of her son’s heroin addiction. A frequent media guest and speaker for corporate, faith-based, and educational organizations, audiences of all ages delight in her empowering and entertaining message. Find her at



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