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I actually sat down for 30 whole minutes! Find out why…

I had the honor of sitting down (yep, I actually sat for 30 whole minutes!) with the mega talented Jennifer Lynn Robinson, host of Main Line Connect, to discuss my most passionate work of my life – a passion that was completely unintended and not planned for! Jenifer did such a great job of reeling in my  over caffeinated, highly excited self to get to the core of why I work at the level I do to support my blind sons in achieving their dreams, with some of those dreams involving sight.

Here is the interview and below are some key points and the time stamps of when they are discussed.



0:38      Props from Jennifer about my LinkedIn profile!

1:00      Why Networking with people ALL THE TIME is so important to my work.

2:30      What I learned about reaching out to people that are very good at what they do

3:58      The two key communities that helped me grow my mission (visit my Twitter guardian angel Jennifer Gardella for more social media tips!)

5:20      Why I do not waste one second at a meeting or conference: Who I have to “answer to”

6:45      The moment that changed the course of my life

10:28    Why I am the happiest mom driving my kids to their zillions of activities

14:45    Bike the Basin – my family’s most fun project of the year

17:35    Ask not what your community can do for you….

19:50    Shout out to this blog! Eye Believe in Miracles!

20:00    My thoughts on golf – read the post I refer to here

24:25    SMEDtalk

26:00    Why speaking about my journey is so important for the blind community

Thanks for the great discussion Jennifer!


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About Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley is the Best Selling author of Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight and Brilliantly Resilient: Reset, Rise and Reveal Your Brilliance. A recognized expert in the blindness and rare disease communities, Kristin won the highly regarded Champion of Hope Award and was named an Ambassador for the National Organization of Rare Disorders. Kristin is a popular, in demand speaker who has been invited to share her message internationally.


As CEO of a global patient organization, she coordinated legislation (H.R. #625) that became the first in US history to be submitted in Braille. Kristin spoke at the FDA to help achieve the first ever FDA approved gene therapy to treat an inherited retinal disease in the United States. Her TEDx Talk, book and international summit change perceptions of blindness, and sparked a global movement, Thriving Blind Academy, that is solving the unemployment, literacy, and financial crisis in the blind the community.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristin co-founded Brilliantly Resilient to help people come through life’s challenges and setbacks brilliant, not broken.