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“Rita . . .  It was wonderful to have you here with us also. It was truly a pleasure and personally I am amazed how you managed to put all that together for this presentation. I did not know what to expect honestly, but you came through in a very special way and you hit the nail on the head ….” ~ Andy Panayiotou, Director, Dudley Charlton Regional School District

With Rita as your keynote speaker, your audience leaves energized, entertained, educated, and alive with possibilities. Rita appeals to a wide variety of audiences, delivering results-driven information and insights drawn from her experiences as a resilience strategist, professor, and business owner.

Rita Schiano - Coach and Author

"Rita, the Empowering Women in Business Conference committee would like to thank you for presenting at [this year's] conference. Your willingness to share your expertise with other women truly fits into our mission of providing 'women with the dynamic opportunity to advance their career, grow their business, or help map their future by pursuing professional development within a welcoming environment of career-focused women leaders.' Thank you for being one of those   “career-focused women leaders.”  (Photo Rita with Adrianne Hastet-Davis)         

What People Are Saying About Rita!

“Rita Schiano brings so much more than a lecture or speech to her audiences. Dress for Success Worcester refers back to Rita again and again when in need of a volunteer speaker not only for her diverse subject matter but because of what she brings to each address. Rita knows her audience, engages her audience and time after time leaves her audience feeling empowered, confident and ready to flourish! Our clients pack the room when they hear Rita is going to speak. We can't say enough great things about what Rita has done for our clients and the staff at Dress for Success Worcester.” ~ Veronica Hachey, Program Director, Dress for Success Worcester
“Last week we had Rita Schiano present "Living a Less Stressful, More Fruitful Life." Rita was very personal with advice on reducing and handling stress. She was friendly, completely prepared, and the audience responded quite well to her message. I am highly recommending her to all libraries.” ~ Deborah Shields, Lunenburg Public Library
““Rita Schiano is a fabulous speaker! She is dynamic, passionate, fun and very engaging. Her direct delivery of information is refreshing- the audience was very focused and several parents were taking notes! I could have listened to her speak for hours!! Rita has a way of making people comfortable and giving them the confidence to share and ask questions. Everyone came away with tips to try at home to promote positive changes and to build resiliency in ourselves and our children. ”” ~ Lisa Meunier RN, M.Ed, Burgess Elementary School Nurse
“Hi Rita ... Just a quick note to thank you for presenting to our membership yesterday. Your Keynote presentation was well received by all in attendance; you hit upon some critical issues impacting our membership and provided them with practical and useful information on how to appropriately address the multiple facets of being a successful leader and how to develop a successful leadership team. On behalf of the ASE Executive Director, Carla Jentz, our Executive Board President, Julianna Hanscom and the Executive Board of the MA Administrators for Special Education, thank you for doing such a great job yesterday. We hope that we can work together again in the future.” ~ Dr. Ed Nazzaro, Special Project Consultant MA Administrators of Special Education
“"Rita is a gifted speaker with a heart for helping others in their growth process. Her focus on personal fulfillment as a worthwhile goal is refreshing." ” ~ Laurie Nelson, Attendee (Change Your Habitudes 2.0 Workshop, April 2018)
“"I have a better understanding of how I own my habitudes. Acknowledging their origin and my role in developing them and sustaining them brought me to the realization that I can amend them." ” ~Kelly Snell, Attendee, Change Your Habititudes, Change Your Life Workshop

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Strategic Personal Coaching

"Rita's strategic coaching helped me to identify areas of improvement and develop my own personalized plan for resilience in my life."

Strategic personal coaching is customized specifically to your most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs. The goal of private sessions is to offer insight and assistance that will guide you towards actionable, positive changes that will affect all areas of your life. Learn more... 

To Schedule an Introductory Coaching Appointment call 774-230-5670 or e-mail Rita. Rita received her Strategic Intervention Coaching Certificate from Robbins-Madanes. Sessions held in-person or live online via

Upcoming Programs and Workshops


January 31: Featured Speaker: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., Quaboag Referral Group, Three Rivers, MA


October 24: Featured Speaker: “Practices for a Positive Workplace.” 11:15 a.m., North East Quality Council (NEQC), Marlborough, MA TBA

October 23. Featured Speaker. Private Event. The AXiA Group. Springfield, MA

October 18: Keynote Speaker. Celebrate Self-Sufficiency 6th Annual Awards Luncheon. Dress For Success. Worcester, MA

October 17. Featured Speaker. Private Event. The AXiA Group. Springfield, MA

September 18-19: Private Training. AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ. Windsor, CT

Self-paced Online Programs

"If Only There Were Twenty-Five Hours In A Day . . . " Time Management

Resilience: The Key to Retirement Well-being

Get it Done! - A Six-Week, One-On-One Program

The Blog

Unless you knew me when I was very a young girl, you might be surprised to learn I was quite the worrier. My mother used to say, “You’re such a Worrywart, Rita.” And the tag fit. I was a worrywart. I did tend to dwell unduly on perceived difficulties in my life that developed a pattern (habitude) of troubled emotions and thought patterns.
Then one day I saw a book on my mother’s nightstand entitled Psycho-Cyberneticsby Maxwell Maltz. The book was a gift to her from ... read full post

Did you know . . .

  • Rita is a Certified Wedding Officiant? Rita supports marriage equality and honors all religious, spiritual and secular backgrounds. Contact Rita

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