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Marilyn Tam

Marilyn Tam

Keynote Speaker: Leadership Speaker, Bestselling Author, Consultant & Board Certified Corporate Coach; CEO of Marilyn Tam & Co.; Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation

Marilyn Tam Biography

Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, bestselling 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. Tam 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.

Tam now keynotes, facilitates workshops and consults with corporations, organizations, and people to achieve greater success, creativity and happiness. She coaches people and organizations to find and fulfill their life purpose and provides 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.

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. Tam is featured in many documentary movies including GLOW Project, The Compass, Tapping the Source, and FEMME for her accomplishments and inner wisdom.

Tam'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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Marilyn Tam Speaking Topics

Leadership Excellence, How You Can Achieve It

To be a successful Leader in the 21st Century takes new skills and awareness. Fresh managerial tools and talents are needed to deal with today’s fast changing global business and the tighter and more visible connections between all aspects of the development, production and consumption cycle. An entrepreneurial mindset, innovation and the wisdom to take calculated risks are essential to ongoing success. In addition to standard business and finance, leaders have to consider the impact on cultural, social and environmental factors. A solid understanding of how to manage a partially remote and local workforce is crucial. Agility and entrepreneurial skills are needed. Learn from Marilyn’s international business, entrepreneurial and humanitarian experience on how to be the more effective and productive in business and life while creating collaborative and lasting relationships.

Marilyn will discuss how to define your mission and the principles and actions steps to ensure a cohesive, productive and energized team. Strategy and outlook into how to plan and lead in today’s tumultuous and interconnected business environment will be covered. She will help you review your personal leadership style and how to enhance it to increase effective communication and maximum sustainable profitable growth and development of your organization.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: How to Reap the Rich Harvest of Culture, Creativity and Community

The demographics of the world’s population are rapidly changing. In the USA, 2020 is the year nonwhite children becomes the majority of USA children. Between 2041 - 2046 ethnic minority will comprise the majority of the USA population. In 2050, 58% of the world’s population growth will be coming from Africa. Learning how to benefit from diversity and to be a leader in a more diverse and global world is a challenge and an opportunity. The only way to prosper and grow in the 21st century is to embrace and leverage diversity. Learn how to successfully integrate diversity into your organization and network to create an inclusive, productive and thriving culture for ongoing success, employee and customer engagement and retention. Hear stories, learn principles, tools and action steps from Marilyn Tam's global business, humanitarian, and consulting experience to become a more successful global leader.

A key focus is on helping leaders and employees understand how to adapt and grow their unique leadership styles to foster a multicultural workplace and attract and engage employees from across the cultural and diverse spectrum. Marilyn Tam is a self-made immigrant woman of color, you will learn from someone who has actually "walked the walk".

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: How to Reap the Rich Harvest of Culture, Creativity and Community

The demographics of the world’s population are rapidly changing. In the USA, 2020 is the year nonwhite children becomes the majority of USA children. Between 2041 - 2046 ethnic minority will comprise the majority of the USA population. In 2050, 58% of the world’s population growth will be coming from Africa. Learning how to benefit from diversity and to be a leader in a more diverse and global world is a challenge and an opportunity. The only way to prosper and grow in the 21st century is to embrace and leverage diversity. Learn how to successfully integrate diversity into your organization and network to create an inclusive, productive and thriving culture for ongoing success, employee and customer engagement and retention. Hear stories, learn principles, tools and action steps from Marilyn Tam's global business, humanitarian, and consulting experience to become a more successful global leader.

A key focus is on helping leaders and employees understand how to adapt and grow their unique leadership styles to foster a multicultural workplace and attract and engage employees from across the cultural and diverse spectrum. Marilyn Tam is a self-made immigrant woman of color, you will learn from someone who has actually "walked the walk".

The Happiness Choice: 5 Decisions that Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be*

Happiness is a choice. Gallup research in 2013 showed that in the USA, $550 billion worth of productivity was lost due to unhappiness and poor wellbeing at work and the cost has increased every year since. People want contentment, love, and happiness derived from meaningful work. They want healthy personal relationships, a healthy mind and body, a spiritual core, and a reason for living. But with only 24 hours in a day and the competing demands of modern life, how can you achieve all of this?

The author of The Happiness Choice, speaker Marilyn Tam shares what she learned from being an unwanted, neglected, and abused child in Hong Kong to becoming an international business success and humanitarian who is happy, healthy, and at peace with herself. In this presentation, you will learn the principles, tools, and philosophies Tam and others have used to achieve a productive, healthy, and joyful life. You’ll learn what will help power your organization, employees and yourself to greater creativity, productivity and happiness. Marilyn’s book, “The Happiness Choice”, was the top 3 most read book by businesses and won the Silver Medal of the Global eBook Awards.

Women in the Workplace and Marketplace

McKinsey & Company’s survey showed that better financial returns, recruitment, retention, customer relations and business decisions are the benefits of a more gender balanced organization. In today's highly competitive and interconnected world, women are invaluable to any enterprise. Yet cultural biases and structural obstacles hinder women's progress. This is a loss for the company as much as it is for women. For a business to succeed and continue to thrive today, it needs to fully utilize all the resources available.

Tam will share the key factors that helped her become a successful woman in business and discuss her personal experience as a corporate leader, woman, business consultant, and humanitarian. You will learn the elements needed to attain success and happiness as a woman in business, and how to support and foster the development of women in business. Included in the presentation will be how to deal with “glass walls” as well as glass ceiling.

Marilyn Tam Videos

Being Asian in America
Speaking Reel - Marilyn Tam - YouTube
Leadership, diversity and happiness - Excerpts of Marilyn Tam’s keynotes

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How much does it cost to book Marilyn Tam for a speaking engagement?

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What topics does Marilyn Tam speak about?

Marilyn Tam is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Diversity, Women, Influential Women, Personal Growth, International Business, Economy, Women in Business, Business, Entrepreneurship, Inspirational, Authors, College, Work-Life Balance, Motivational, Leadership, Political, Literary, Happiness, Psychology, Health, Asian & Pacific Heritage, Business Leadership, Business Growth, Technology, Female Leadership, Women in Tech, Women's History Month, Social Activism and Thought Leadership.

Where does Marilyn Tam travel from?

Marilyn Tam generally travels from Santa Barbara, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Marilyn Tam is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Women and Influential Women. The estimated speaking fee range to book Marilyn Tam for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Marilyn Tam generally travels from Santa Barbara, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Libby Gill, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and Fran Hauser. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marilyn Tam for an upcoming event.

Marilyn Tam Speaking Topics

  • Leadership Excellence, How You Can Achieve It

    To be a successful Leader in the 21st Century takes new skills and awareness. Fresh managerial tools and talents are needed to deal with today’s fast changing global business and the tighter and more visible connections between all aspects of the development, production and consumption cycle. An entrepreneurial mindset, innovation and the wisdom to take calculated risks are essential to ongoing success. In addition to standard business and finance, leaders have to consider the impact on cultural, social and environmental factors. A solid understanding of how to manage a partially remote and local workforce is crucial. Agility and entrepreneurial skills are needed. Learn from Marilyn’s international business, entrepreneurial and humanitarian experience on how to be the more effective and productive in business and life while creating collaborative and lasting relationships.

    Marilyn will discuss how to define your mission and the principles and actions steps to ensure a cohesive, productive and energized team. Strategy and outlook into how to plan and lead in today’s tumultuous and interconnected business environment will be covered. She will help you review your personal leadership style and how to enhance it to increase effective communication and maximum sustainable profitable growth and development of your organization.

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: How to Reap the Rich Harvest of Culture, Creativity and Community

    The demographics of the world’s population are rapidly changing. In the USA, 2020 is the year nonwhite children becomes the majority of USA children. Between 2041 - 2046 ethnic minority will comprise the majority of the USA population. In 2050, 58% of the world’s population growth will be coming from Africa. Learning how to benefit from diversity and to be a leader in a more diverse and global world is a challenge and an opportunity. The only way to prosper and grow in the 21st century is to embrace and leverage diversity. Learn how to successfully integrate diversity into your organization and network to create an inclusive, productive and thriving culture for ongoing success, employee and customer engagement and retention. Hear stories, learn principles, tools and action steps from Marilyn Tam's global business, humanitarian, and consulting experience to become a more successful global leader.

    A key focus is on helping leaders and employees understand how to adapt and grow their unique leadership styles to foster a multicultural workplace and attract and engage employees from across the cultural and diverse spectrum. Marilyn Tam is a self-made immigrant woman of color, you will learn from someone who has actually "walked the walk".

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: How to Reap the Rich Harvest of Culture, Creativity and Community

    The demographics of the world’s population are rapidly changing. In the USA, 2020 is the year nonwhite children becomes the majority of USA children. Between 2041 - 2046 ethnic minority will comprise the majority of the USA population. In 2050, 58% of the world’s population growth will be coming from Africa. Learning how to benefit from diversity and to be a leader in a more diverse and global world is a challenge and an opportunity. The only way to prosper and grow in the 21st century is to embrace and leverage diversity. Learn how to successfully integrate diversity into your organization and network to create an inclusive, productive and thriving culture for ongoing success, employee and customer engagement and retention. Hear stories, learn principles, tools and action steps from Marilyn Tam's global business, humanitarian, and consulting experience to become a more successful global leader.

    A key focus is on helping leaders and employees understand how to adapt and grow their unique leadership styles to foster a multicultural workplace and attract and engage employees from across the cultural and diverse spectrum. Marilyn Tam is a self-made immigrant woman of color, you will learn from someone who has actually "walked the walk".

  • The Happiness Choice: 5 Decisions that Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be*

    Happiness is a choice. Gallup research in 2013 showed that in the USA, $550 billion worth of productivity was lost due to unhappiness and poor wellbeing at work and the cost has increased every year since. People want contentment, love, and happiness derived from meaningful work. They want healthy personal relationships, a healthy mind and body, a spiritual core, and a reason for living. But with only 24 hours in a day and the competing demands of modern life, how can you achieve all of this?

    The author of The Happiness Choice, speaker Marilyn Tam shares what she learned from being an unwanted, neglected, and abused child in Hong Kong to becoming an international business success and humanitarian who is happy, healthy, and at peace with herself. In this presentation, you will learn the principles, tools, and philosophies Tam and others have used to achieve a productive, healthy, and joyful life. You’ll learn what will help power your organization, employees and yourself to greater creativity, productivity and happiness. Marilyn’s book, “The Happiness Choice”, was the top 3 most read book by businesses and won the Silver Medal of the Global eBook Awards.

  • Women in the Workplace and Marketplace

    McKinsey & Company’s survey showed that better financial returns, recruitment, retention, customer relations and business decisions are the benefits of a more gender balanced organization. In today's highly competitive and interconnected world, women are invaluable to any enterprise. Yet cultural biases and structural obstacles hinder women's progress. This is a loss for the company as much as it is for women. For a business to succeed and continue to thrive today, it needs to fully utilize all the resources available.

    Tam will share the key factors that helped her become a successful woman in business and discuss her personal experience as a corporate leader, woman, business consultant, and humanitarian. You will learn the elements needed to attain success and happiness as a woman in business, and how to support and foster the development of women in business. Included in the presentation will be how to deal with “glass walls” as well as glass ceiling.

Marilyn Tam Videos

Being Asian in America
Speaking Reel - Marilyn Tam - YouTube
Leadership, diversity and happiness - Excerpts of Marilyn Tam’s keynotes

Marilyn Tam Reviews

  • Marilyn was an inspiring speaker and person! Can't recommend her enough!
    Aon - Apr 05 2024

  • PayPal - Sep 24 2021

  • I really appreciated the follow up from your staff and their responsiveness. You have a great team!
    Shenandoah University - Apr 03 2019

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