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Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, best selling Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate Coach, CEO of Marilyn Tam & Co. and Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, Vice President of Nike Inc. and a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies. Inc. Magazine ranked her as one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world. She has been selected as one of the Top 10 inspirational business speakers by one of the best professional speakers’ bureaus. Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally. Marilyn is a contributing writer on Medium on how to live a successful, happy, healthy and dynamically balanced life. Her life is an inspiring example of what can be achieved if one followed their dreams. She grew up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong. She left home as a teen to come to America alone. Following her life mission, she achieved international business and humanitarian success. Marilyn now speaks, facilitates workshops and consults with corporations, organizations and people to achieve greater success, creativity and happiness. She helps people and organizations find and fulfill their life purpose and provide them with the principles and actions steps to take them their goals. Her NPR (Net Promoter Score) from her clients, the industry standard for measuring customer satisfaction, is among the highest rated of all speakers. Marilyn was recognized as one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the USA by Fempreneur magazine. Jack Canfield detailed her work in his book on the strategies for success, “The Success Principles”. Among her numerous recognition and awards is the Artemis Award from the Greek Government and Euro-American Women's Council, with her image on a Greek postage stamp. Marilyn is featured in many documentary movies including GLOW Project, The Compass, Tapping the Source, and FEMME for her accomplishments and inner wisdom. Marilyn’s book, “The Happiness Choice”, was the top 3 most read book by businesses according to the leading business book supplier. The book won the Silver Medal of the Global eBook Awards. The book shows how and why happiness is crucial for business productivity and success, and for your physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial health. Her book, “How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want”, is in six languages.

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“If you’re looking for an engaging, inspiring, and genuine keynote speaker, I cannot recommend Marilyn Tam more highly!  Marilyn was our opening keynote at our annual conference in Long Beach, CA and set the tone for a conference that exceeded all expectations.   Our members are career counselors across the lifespan and across the globe and require a balance between inspiration and information and Marilyn delivered both beautifully.  Our Twitter feed for the conference lit up during and well after her presentation!  On a practical note, she was incredibly easy to work with!  We try not to repeat presenters too often, but I already had attendees ask me when we’d have her back.  The sooner the better!”

Lisa Severy, PhD President, National Career Development Association

“I have heard from many of the participants who have said this was the best conference yet and they could really feel a different energy and excitement level. I attribute it to you who brought such great insight and a wealth of knowledge to the group. I can't thank you enough.”

Jackie O'Sullivan, Workforce Diversity Program Manager IBM World Headquarters, Armonk, NY

“Thank you for sending along a copy of your keynote address.  It is powerful, moving and inspirational.  From our perspective we wouldn’t change a thing."

Trish A. Douglas, Accenture Global Human Capital Team

“Diversity is such a key issue currently at 3M. Thanks again for your inspiring and encouraging presentation. All our affinity groups received your presentation with great excitement.”

MaryJo Lewis & Lynnette T. Welsch, Co-chairs 3M Women’s Advisory Committee 3M Corporation, St Paul, MN

“The conference attendees LOVED the program, the content: Fabulous, dynamic speaker. Really practical application. She was dynamic and flexible to cater to audience’s needs. She was fabulous, very inspirational & uplifting. A breath of fresh air - great content - personal plus professional value.”

Katharine Coles, Conference coordinator, Women In Technology International Annual Conference (WITI) Santa Cruz, California

"Marilyn Tam is truly a super star...... Her presentation and her principles are what we believe in and how we need to operate and live to succeed. She expressed so powerfully and eloquently our mission and standards in a way that we can all understand and use to achieve our mission. Her experiences are indicative of her commitment to promoting and enhancing cross-cultural awareness and diversity throughout the world. Her achievements reflect great credit upon her, global leaders, and the United States of America…… My wife and I are going to have our children read her book to further inspire them to attain their dreams."

Commanding General, James Rogers, U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala

“Thank you for being our Keynote Speaker at the event. You inspired and informed our audience. We value the diversity in our customer base and thank you for helping us reach them. I will certainly reach out to partner on further initiatives when we see opportunity.”

Fernando Molinar, Director Consumer Marketing, Verizon Wireless

“You were just fantastic – great story and presentation.  Such a perfect close to our SEER Symposium. I would not change a thing – the authentic real you is about as good as it gets.  Keep doing what you do - we are all better for it. Thank you so much!”

Michael Crooke, PhD, Lead Faculty of the SEER (Socially, Environmentally, Ethically Responsible) Certificate Program, Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University, Santa Monica, California

“Thank you for your outstanding participation as moderator and plenary speaker for Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference. Your insight into the strategies, tactics and tools critical to building a successful business through deal making was particularly helpful. Thank you for your excellent contribution.”

Ronald Langston, National Director, United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, Washington DC

“You were amazing! You were so well received, our post event surveys all gave you a 5 – which was the highest score, and in fact we sold every book.”

Terri Neil, NWBOC, National Women’s Business Owners Corporation

"Marilyn is a highly engaging, inspiring, and authentic speaker, with a motivating and entertaining story to share. She brings a lifetime of challenges and successes that resonate deeply with her audience. By sharing through her own personal experiences, she imparts a wealth of practical knowledge that encourages participants to evaluate their life purpose and enables them to connect their passions with their careers and life paths. I look forward to the next opportunity to hear Marilyn speak."

Carol Fairbank, Head of Employee Focus at Cisco Systems

“Thank you Marilyn, for delivering the perfect message for Norwich University’s year on Leadership and Innovation leading up to our Bicentennial. You launched our historic anniversary celebration by inspiring and providing us with tools to lead and great ideas on how to innovate. Hearty thanks from everyone at Norwich University and our community.”

Dr. Richard W. Schneider, President, Norwich University, Vermont

“The event was such a success in no small part thanks to your presentation. Based on all the feedback we received, businesspeople and students alike found your presentation very powerful and inspirational.”

Bogdan Daraban, Acting Dean and Professor of Economics, Shenandoah University, VA

“Your talk was phenomenal and provoked many questions and meaningful follow up! We had the largest number of participants ever, thanks to you.”

Erica Mullin, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, PSA Insurance & Financial Services
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? Being turned down in my first job application after graduate school in my very early 20's for not having 10 years of applicable experience! I realized that rigid requirements are obstacles to
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? My passion is to create a flourishing, happy and regenerative world for everyone and the planet. I am a co-founder of Rotary eClub of World Peace, and have collaborated with several organizat
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? As a child I used to follow my grandmother to give out blankets, food and supplies to the homeless. She was a tiny lady, standing 4' 10" who married her arranged husband when they were 15 and
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? Leadership is learned. Success and happiness are yours when you are living your life purpose, something many people, including highly "successful" people, may not realize. Once you are living