blog » May 1, 2012 by Elisa Schmitz

Get to Know the Friends of Ricki Lake Community! by Elisa Schmitz

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Get to Know the Friends of Ricki Lake Community!

Many of you know that I’m a founding member of Friends of Ricki, the groundbreaking social/TV community for Ricki Lake’s new television show, launching in September. I recently had the opportunity to attend some Friends of Ricki events in Los Angeles, where I met many friends and fellow members for the first time IRL (in real life) – wow!

Meeting Britt Michaelian and Dabney Porte at the spa of the Montage Beverly Hills felt like having a girls’ weekend with dear friends. I can’t quite explain the heartwarming feeling I had hugging them for the first time, but I think this photo Britt took of Dabney and I does a pretty good job of capturing the emotion on my face!

The Social Media Girlfriends meet-up was so much fun! I met so many wonderful people, including the ones in this photo: Julie Spira, Jeryl Jagoda, Amanda Greene, Dabney Porte, Heather Frey and Yvonne Chase. I also got to meet the sensational Stephen Dimmick that night, who I simply adore.

The next day, I attended the Ricki Lake Show production meeting poolside with the lovely Lori Moreno and Jeanette Joy. That night, I was thrilled I got to spend time with the wonderful Bryan Moore of the Ricki Lake Show, and I was able to shoot some promos for the show, which was so fun.

Meeting Ricki herself was absolutely amazing! She is such a down-to-earth, charming person. She made me, and everyone, feel so welcome – it was clear we were among friends. She had just come from watching her son’s baseball practice, which she left work a few minutes early to attend. There wasn’t a parent in that room who didn’t relate to her and the balancing act it takes to make it all happen. She’s simply the real deal, and I’m so excited for the launch of her show. America needs a favorite girlfriend, and Ricki truly embodies her!

I participated in the Friends of Ricki weekly chat on Friday at 12pm CT with Britt, Dabney, Bryan and Lisa Kridos, executive producer of the Ricki Lake Show. She is a brilliant mastermind (and another amazing working mom), and it was so awesome to spend time with her!

If you aren’t already participating in the Friends of Ricki community, I would encourage you to do so. It’s very easy – and so much fun! Join the inspirational conversation any time on the Friends of Ricki Facebook page, or jump into the Twitter stream at #FriendsofRicki. Every Friday at 12pm CT, there’s a Friends of Ricki chat, where you can hear from TV show staff about behind-the-scenes stuff and also the Friend of the Week (I had so much fun when it was my turn). There’s also a new magazine to check out! Watch this quick video I made about Friends of Ricki to learn more.

You’ll be hearing lots more about the Ricki Lake Show and Friends of Ricki community in the coming weeks and months, so take a look and get involved. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do. See you on Friends of Ricki!

Laura Fuentes
Elisa, I loved this recap! Believe me when I tell you that those of us who sat on the sidelines (read: from home tweeting away) participating in the Friends of Ricki chat, knew what a great time you guys were having and that Ricki is the real deal!
I am really impressed with her wanting to know what our interests are to create real topics of discussion for the show. I can't wait until it launches!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Laura! I couldn't agree with you more. The way Ricki is including her community in the show is truly brilliant and will go a long way toward its success, I'm sure!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Dabney. I feel the same way about you, chica. You are beautiful, inside and out, and I love you! XOXO!!
April Bowers
Loved this post! Sounds like a wonderful gathering of kindred spirits and great minds. You are all an inspiration to this crazy busy momma!!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, April! You were there in spirit, chica! I felt the 30Second Mom support all the way in Beverly Hills. Thank you for being part of this grand adventure we're all on together! Big love to you! xoxo
Joan Poindexter
It's so exciting to be able to read this and actually feel how you felt when writing it and/or experiencing it. Thank you so much for your post and images of friendship, E-! I've told you a million times (which will never be enough) that I'm inspired by every step that you take and love the ground that you walk on (there's a huge, lavish, suite in heaven for you). I'm sure that I can speak for the other 30Second Mom contributors as well when I say that I am so proud to not only work with you but to call you my friend. We look forward to sharing these great experiences with you, Ricki and her awesome team, as well as the entire friends of Ricki community! Lets show the rest of the world what friendship REALLY looks like!!

Elisa Schmitz
You touch my heart, Joani! Thank you for the lovely words and your amazing support. I can't imagine this team without you, chica! I heart you! xoxo
Heather Frey
Ah.. just came across this.. that was an incredible weekend. I'll never forget it. Met amazing people that I'm still friends with like YOU.
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Heather Frey! Meeting you was a huge blessing and I'm so grateful for that group for connecting us! Hugs, my friend! xoxo Joani Plenty April Bowers Stephen Dimmick Nicole DeAvilla
Nicole DeAvilla
It has been a huge blessing to meet all of you - and to stay so connected. XO

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