A hands-on leader, Schmeling plays multiple roles at HSNi, managing finances, affiliate relations, technology, customer and corporate strategy, to name a few. She also oversees broadcast distribution and merchandise planning operations. Once an avid runner, Schmeling has a new way to decompress. “I find solace in taking my dog Alex for long walks on the beach and around our neighborhood,” she says.

 

What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?

I believe the most important aspect of mentoring is listening to each individual’s concerns and issues to help better guide them on their own distinct path to success. No path is the same.  It is especially critical to serve as a mentor to women during life’s major decision points, helping them to navigate through both personal and professional crossroads.

 

Your favorite trick for unwinding?  

For many years, I took to running to unwind and clear my mind. More recently, however, I find solace in taking my dog Alex for long walks on the beach and around our neighborhood. While not offering the same adrenaline rush, these walks do allow for deeper reflection of ideas.

 

What/who inspires you at work? What/who inspires you outside the office?
At work, I am inspired by the incredibly talented team we have built at HSNi. No day is ever the same. We are constantly looking for and trying new ideas. Outside of work, I am inspired by my family and the work I perform in our community.

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