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Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, 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 also a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies, including a corporate consulting & training company, a web portal company, a supply chain software company and an integrated health and wellness company.

Inc Magazine ranks her as one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world. She has been named as one of the Top 10 inspirational business speakers by renowned professional speakers’ bureaus. Her NPR (Net Promoter Score), the industry standard for measuring customer satisfaction, from her clients is among the highest rated of all speakers. Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally.

Marilyn is a contributing writer to Thrive Global/Medium on how to live a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life.

She has had an extraordinarily diverse life, from her beginnings in a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong to her meteoric rise through the executive ranks of the international business world to become an influential corporate leader, speaker, author, corporate consultant, leadership coach, and respected humanitarian.

She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Us Foundation, whose mission is to facilitate global action plans and dialogue to address social, economic and environmental issues. Us Foundation is one of the partners for United Nations Habitat-II, and was nominated as a candidate for the “Best Practice Award” from the United Nations’ Habitat II.

She was a two terms (maximum) director on the national board of SCORE Association, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, (SBA). SCORE provides entrepreneurial education and helps in the development, growth and success of over 500,000 small businesses nationwide.

She served on the international board of The Reebok Human Rights Awards, along with former President Jimmy Carter; renowned musicians Peter Gabriel, and Sting, Rafer Johnson, Chairman of the Special Olympics; and Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center, and Paul Fireman, Chairman of Reebok International Ltd. She was awarded The Reebok Human Rights Award for her humanitarian work.

Whether she was directly improving the lot of workers in her contract factories around the world, or developing and conducting seminars to train other entrepreneurs in business leadership programs internationally, Marilyn always gives back. She is committed to the belief that philanthropy is integral to and provides an essential balance and relevance to her work.

Marilyn was an advisor to the country of Bhutan, working with the Ministers and government officials to transition the country into the 21st Century while retaining their cultural and environmental heritage.

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”. She is featured as in the best selling book, “Fearless Women, midlife portraits” by Alspaugh, Kentz, and Halpin; Daryn Kagan, former CNN anchor spotlighted Marilyn as one who dared to dream that they can make a difference, in her book, “What’s Possible”.

She was honored with the Artemis Award for her business and humanitarian work by the Greek government and the Euro American Women’s Council in Athens, Greece, with her likeness on a Greek postage stamp. eWomenNetwork presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Marilyn is featured several inspirational documentary movies including The GLOW Project, The Compass, Tapping the Source and FEMME for her accomplishments and inner wisdom.

Marilyn is a lifetime member of Who’s Who World Wide and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women.

Marilyn’s book, “The Happiness Choice”, was the top 3 most read book by businesses according to 800 CEO Read, 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 available globally in six languages. And, “Living the Life of Your Dreams” was eBook of the Year in the Inspirational category.

She was honored with a Ph.D. in Humane Letters by Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

Because of her outstanding reputation and results, the following is a partial list of some of the keynote addresses and workshops Ms. Tam has given:

Success through Diversity, Intel, Folsom, CA
“Mercedes Benz Financial Services Global Conference” Detroit, MI
“Global New Partners Conference” Ernst & Young, Washington, DC
Commencement Address, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
“Leadership Excellence” Toastmasters International Annual Conference
“Leadership, Heritage and Health” Pfizer Inc., Global Webcasted Conference
“The Role of Business in the 21st Century” Corenet Global’s Global Summit, Beijing, China
"Competitive Edge - Tools for 21st Century Success" US Small Business Administration’s SBA Expo
“Leadership, Diversity and Career Development”, Sumitomo 3M, Tokyo, Japan
“How to Use What You’ve Got to Succeed in Your Career and Life”
Merck & Co. Asian Pacific Leadership Conference Executive Workshop
“The Role of Business in the 21st Century”
Universal Forum of Cultures, Barcelona conference, The Role of Corporations in the 21st Century, Barcelona, Spain
“Executive Training: How to Use What You’ve Got to Create, Lead and Manage a Sustainable and Successful Operation”
Women In Technology International (WITI) National Conference
“Leadership, Role of the Executive - What is your role in IBM's Diversity Community”
IBM Leadership Conference, ‘Driving Leadership, Ownership, and Career Development
“Keeping the Job You Have or Finding a New One: Career Planning in Uncertain Times”
California Governor’s Conference for Women

Topics and Workshops:

1. 1. The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions that Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
2. How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want
3. Diversity: How to Reap the Rich Harvest of Culture, Creativity and Community
4. Women in the Workplace and Marketplace
5. Lean In - Is that the Magic? The Choices and Challenges of Attaining Happiness and Success
6. Life Balance: How to Juggle Work, Home, Personal and Spiritual Health
7. Leadership Excellence, How You Can Achieve It
8. The Role of Business in the 21st Century
9. Global Business today, the opportunities and challenges
10. Today’s Social and Environmental concerns and how to integrate them into a business profitably
11. Corporate Humanity: The Benefits of Community Service
12. Change Management: How to Increase Productivity and Morale in Rapid Change and Uncertainty
* And Executive Team Retreats