Brilliantly Resilient, the book, has arrived, to rave reviews! Immediately noted as a Hot New Release on Amazon, this book is the perfect gift to give yourself and those you love this holiday season! Order yours today!!!

Get ready to laugh out loud as Mary Fran Bontempo and Kristin Smedley share their journeys, tools, and stumbled-upon secrets, saving you a seat on their Brilliantly Resilient ride of a lifetime. They will guide you through life’s “sucker punches” so you, too, will be brilliant, not broken.

What’s your train wreck? Everyone has one–past, present, or future. Why do some people come through stronger while others never recover? Have you ever thought…

      • This will never get better.
      • I’ll never get through this.
      • Everyone else is smarter, tougher, more resilient, better than me.
      • I don’t know where to start.
      • My life isn’t close to what I want.
      • I’m stuck and I don’t see a way out.

    If you’ve ever run at least one of those miserable mantras through your head Kristin Smedley and Mary Fran Bontempo feel your pain. Life has a way of smacking everyone, and sometimes it just sucks. But you don’t have to live there. Kristin and Mary Fran can show you the way up and out, with strategies, tools and tips to help you uncover your Resilience and discover your Brilliance.

  • Order yours today!!!

It’s Here!

The 15 Minute Master

How to Make Everything Better 15 Minutes at a Time

15 Minutes | 3 Questions | 1 Action Step



How do you cope when you wake up one day and learn that your son is a heroin addict? No one is immune to crisis, regardless of the details. Yet even without challenges, everyday life can push us to the edge. During my crisis, a simple, effective system evolved, one that worked for everything, and still does. Join me as we laugh, learn, and make life better with The 15 Minute Master—15 Minutes at a time!

What They’re Saying About Mary Fran…

As a Human Resources leader for an emergency medicine company I always try to coordinate Lunch and Learn sessions to enrich the lives of our employees both personally and professionally to take a break from their fast paced roles. Mary Fran was such a breath of fresh air and her delivery was engaging and her points were right on the money. I began the presentation feeling anxious and stressed from my day and I left feeling excited and empowered. I can always tell how much my team enjoyed the presentation by the chatter afterward and I can tell you a week later people are still raving that it was one of the best, most enjoyable presentations we’ve ever had! I’d recommend Mary Fran to anyone, and she’s excellent in a corporate setting!

– Emily Kohler Marbot, Regional H.R. Manager, EmCare Physician Services

I asked Mary Fran to do a presentation for a women’s group at my company and we had a great event and experience from beginning to end. She was extremely professional, very responsive and truly excited to speak at our event. Mary Fran is very passionate about coaching people (especially women) and gives them specific tools to bolster their confidence and attitude. She was a great presenter and engaged the audience throughout her presentation with down-to-earth life examples that everyone can relate to. A great event and a great experience!

Monica Istvan, HR Manager, Americas, CRC Industries

Mary Fran knows her audience and delivers a message that entertains, educates and inspires women to make small changes in their routines that lead to significant improvements in their lives. Funny and practical, Mary Fran speaks from experience and engages the crowd to go on a journey of self-discovery full of laughter and free of pain. You’ll enjoy yourself and see your world a little differently!”

– Maria Martino Evans, Martino Evans Communications

Mary Fran was wonderful with our teens at our Teen Leadership Workshop! She so thoughtfully connected with them in a way that made their opinions feel valued while sharing her own experiences and situations. The girls all left having a new sense of confidence about ways to handle particular situations while feeling good about themselves. What an empowering woman to make so many young girls feel like they have control in their lives in areas they might not have before!

— Leslie Conway, Founder, Inspiring Teens Magazine

Mary Fran Bontempo is very much in tune with who we are as women. Her presentation is a humorous yet honest look at ourselves as nurturers and caregivers. She shows us how in our strive for perfection we are our own worst enemy, and gives us permission to free ourselves from a self-imposed sentence of ‘doing everything for everyone else we love.’ Prepare for an evening to be enlightened, entertained, and to have a renewed sense of appreciation for your inner ‘you’.

– Sue Price, President, Soroptimist International of Indian Rock

I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Mary Fran Bontempo for my radio show, ‘Women to Watch.’ Not only is she authentic, but she is delivering a message to women that is inspiring, relevant and full of the kind of humor we all need in this ever changing world. None of us are spared from challenges in life and Mary Fran has made it her mission to help guide us “ladies” through these times with grace and humor in order to find the joy! It is the kind of reminder that keeps us focused on what really matters and pulls us back in when life becomes a scary place. I would highly recommend Mary Fran as a speaker, writer or even a “go to” woman for anyone looking to regain some perspective in order to see the joy that life has to offer!

– Susan Rocco, Founder/Host, Women to Watch

Mary Fran is inspiring, thought provoking, witty, and delightfully funny. She uses her own life experiences to guide her audience down a path of thinking beyond any situation they might be experiencing. She inspires her audiences to remove the dirty words that cause self-doubt from their vocabulary, and inspires people to believe they can handle the obstacles life throws their way. After hearing Mary Fran speak a person feels as though they have the power to be a modern day super hero. She uses humor to truly motivate people to believe that change is not all bad, that saying NO can be beneficial, especially for the one saying it, and that through both, one can live a happy positive, successful life. After listening to Mary Fran speak, I recommend her as a motivational speaker to any professional, or socially based, organization.

-Robyn Graham, Robyn Graham Photography

Mary Fran Bontempo is a breath of fresh air! Whether it’s her fun and thoughtful writing or her compelling speeches, Mary Fran leaves you with much to contemplate. Insightful and humorous all in one, Mary Fran helps the middle age woman navigate the path to finding or reclaiming her voice. Mary Fran has a finely tuned awareness of the emotional challenges women encounter. I highly recommend her book, ‘Not Ready for Granny Panties,’ or hiring her as a wonderful