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Barb Schmidt              

“Peaceful Barb”; International Best-Selling Author, Mindfulness Teacher, Mindset Coach, & Co-Host "Barb Knows Best" Podcast

Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, sought-after motivational speaker, mindset coach, meditation teacher, and co-host of the "Barb Knows Best" podcast. A practitioner of mindfulness and meditation for over 37 years, Schmidt is the author of "The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness."

She has presented workshops for over a decade at Florida Atlantic University as part of the Peace, Justice & Human Rights Initiative. Schmidt has created and led programs teaching mindfulness at Nova Southeastern University, and in local childhood development centers, high schools, universities, college athletic programs, and transitional programs for young adults with autism.

In 2011, Schmidt, with her daughter Michelle Maros, co-founded the nonprofit Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life with the mission to further inner peace and bring mindfulness teachings to the global community. Together they create viral videos for social media that reach millions of people each week. Schmidt has gained over 2.5 million followers, and Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life has over 8 million followers.

Schmidt and her daughter also co-host "Barb Knows Best." In this weekly podcast they share simple, helpful tools for managing daily stress. Through these living room style conversations, they delve into topics ranging from setting healthy boundaries to cultivating resilience. Currently, Schmidt teaches regular mindfulness and meditation workshops at Boca Raton Regional Hospital as part of the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life Wellness Series, for nurses, staff, and the community.

Schmidt co-founded the “Health First” initiative at the Florida Atlantic University Medical School, which provides medical students with tools for taking care of their own mental and physical health. Schmidt is passionate about mentoring the next generation of leaders. The Barb Schmidt Fellowship for Cultivating Community Involvement, Activism, and Social Change at Florida Atlantic University aims to provide high school student leaders with a platform to develop the skills and knowledge needed to initiate, execute, and sustain a social movement.

Schmidt holds an Honorary Doctorate from American College Dublin and Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, and currently sits as an affiliate faculty member at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

Barb Schmidt is available in Partnership with Collective Speakers.

Speech Topics

Habits for Happiness: Practical Tools for Living Fully

This talk introduces mindfulness and self-reflection techniques used to reduce stress and increase overall wellbeing. Barb shares what ancient wisdom and modern research have to say about creating meaning and finding joy in everyday life. This session introduces practical self-care tools to help us navigate stresses big and small. Using timeless stories from a variety of teachers and traditions around the world, Barb will take you step-by-step through some of the mental shifts you can make to cultivate joy and improve your overall well-being. During this talk, Barb reveals how to create a simple, sustainable mindfulness practice to help you live more fully.

From Burnout to Breakthroughs: Igniting Your Personal Growth

How can we reclaim our energy while creating sustainable change? In this talk, Barb shares powerful strategies to help you reimagine success and design a life that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. Learn how to unlock post-burnout growth and tap into what matters most to you.

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