Victoria is a 97-year-young author with a mission to help others as a career/life coach, a speaker, a media guest and via her books, available on Amazon, Her latest is

Victoria's 95 Secrets

to living a happy, healthy long life!

Recently, she delivered a 12 1/2 minute presentation which supports her mission in Wilmington, Delaware for TEDxTalks. Before focusing on helping others Victoria had a long career in fashion, journalism, business, operated her own AD/PR form for twenty-two years and had an eight-year stint in government. There she was Director of Travel and Tourism responsible for the state's most popular slogan, New Jersey and You, Perfect Together. She also founded an ESL company featuring American English in Poland the land of her heritage. Victoria continues to be an inspiration and role model to audiences, colleagues and friends that reflect the knowledge and wisdom of her years.

Early Education:

Nassau School, East Orange, NJ

Williamsson School, Chester, NJ

Elmwood School, East Orange, NJ

One room Sydney School, Annandale, NJ

Two room Green Knoll School, Bridgewater, NJ

Somerville High School, Somerville, NJ

Community Service

On the board of the Bernardsville YMCA

New Jersey Polish Cultural Foundation

College of Visual and Performing Arts

George Mason University, Virginia

President of the Board of Directors of AADC

Fundraising for IWL

Endowed Career Conference for Douglass College

Endow Workplace and Professional Development Symposium

Member Landscape Committee, Hunters Glen, Oldwick, NJ

Consultant: Bernardsville Board of Education

Member: Bernardsville Shade Tree Commision

Birth Date:        April 21, 1921

                           East Orange, NJ

Née:                   Dabrowski

Heritage:           Polish

Education:        BA in English, Minor, French

                           NJC/Douglass College, 1942

                           Rutgers University

                           New Brunswick, New Jersey

Occupation:      Author


                           Motivational Speaker

                           Business Woman

Spouse:             Ralph Schmidt 


                           BS in Chemistry

                           Rutgers University, 1942

                           Olympic Athlete

                           Chemical Engineer

Daughter:          Lisa

                           BS, Business Management

                           Boston University, 1978 

                           Dressage Equestrian

                                Trainer, Judge

                           Former Manager for

                                 Contemporary Musicians