About Carmela

Carmela's Background

  • Carmela Schiano is the President and founder of Live Free Coaching, LLC. She is certified as a Professional Life and Business Coach by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is also a leader for the Staten Island North Powerful You! Women’s Networking Group. Carmela is certified as an Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner. Energy LeadershipTM is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.   Carmela co-authored the book, “Empowering Transformations for Women: True Stories of Purpose and Faith in Action to Guide you Through Your Ever-unfolding Personal and Professional Life. She appeared as the writing coach for the number one VH1 reality show. Carmela has been inducted as a VIP member into the National Association of Professional Women for excellence, leadership and commitment to her profession, while encouraging the achievement of Professional Women. She also spent over 20 years as an educational marketing consultant creating and conducting educational workshops throughout the United States, winning various top sales awards. As the Northeast Regional Sales Manager of The Lyons Group, Inc., she was involved in the development of the early learning concepts of “Barney the Dinosaur” as well as the promotion and sales of products.  


When I was young, I thought everything was going to be shown, or given or told to me. Was I wrong! I had to find my own way.

How was I going to find my way? Who was around, who would influence me? Who would I listen to for direction and/or advice? I soon found out that many people wanted to control and influence me to the point of losing myself, destroying my self-esteem and self-image.

My Circle of Light soon became a very dark place. Feelings of loneliness and emptiness were with me all the time. How could life be so glooomy?

I read this quote, by William Jennings Bryan,"Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain."

So now, I had a choice to make.

I listened to my inner voice and soon realized MY POWER lives within me.I started to evaluate, why was I holding onto those negative thoughts and opinions of others that were not serving me positively. So by releasing those negative thoughts and gaining my power and confidence, I transformed into a happier being.

Certifications and Affiliation

Certified iPEC Coach

Certified as a Professional Coach (CPC) trained through the All-Inclusive Accredited Coach Training Program

Master Practicioner

Certified as an Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)

Powerful You! Leader

 Powerful You! Women's Network is founded upon the belief that Women are powerful creators, passionate and compassionate leaders, and the heart and backbone of our world's businesses, homes and communities.  

Our Mission is to empower women to find their inner wisdom, follow their passion and live rich authentic lives.