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.
Leadership & Business Excellence:
Formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc. Marilyn is also a successful entrepreneur. She has built four profit-making companies, including a corporate consulting & training company, a web portal company, an online supply chain software company and an integrated health and wellness company.
Marilyn 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/year nationwide.
Personal Experience of the Importance of Diversity & Inclusion
Marilyn has had an extraordinarily diverse life, from her beginnings in a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong to her rise through the executive ranks of the international business to become an influential corporate leader, speaker, author, corporate consultant, leadership coach, and respected humanitarian.
Having experienced the triple challenges of being a woman, of color and an immigrant, Marilyn have used what she learned on her path to global success to build organizations and coach leaders on how to leverage the benefits of diversity and inclusion in their organizations and in their products and marketing.
As President of Reebok Apparel & Retail group, Marilyn mentored and promoted a few of the first women and diverse Vice Presidents in the athletic industries. These leaders led the development of Weebok, the Reebok children’s shoe brand and also successful global marketing campaigns, including for the Olympics.
Marilyn’s understanding of the different communication and management styles in cross cultural and global business enabled the company she led to expand distribution to 120 countries profitably. Her leadership enabled the development of some of the first labor laws for apparel workers in manufacturing countries. This resulted in improved relationships and profitability for the company, their suppliers and attracted consumers who are increasingly interested in corporate social responsibility.
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Best-selling Author & Feature writer
Marilyn is a contributing writer to Thrive Global, Medium and Noteworthy on how to live a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life.
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.
Philanthropic & Humanitarian Work
Marilyn is the 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.
Whether Marilyn was directly improving the lot of workers in her contract factories around the world, or speaking, coaching and conducting seminars in business leadership programs internationally, Marilyn always gives back. Marilyn is committed to the belief that philanthropy is integral to and provides an essential balance and relevance to her work.
Project: The Reebok Human Rights Awards
Marilyn has 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. The Reebok Human Rights Award is annually awarded to outstanding youths who have significantly supported human rights with non-violent action to serve their country and the world.
Project: Bhutan in the 21st Century
As an advisor to the country of Bhutan, she worked with the Ministers and government officials to transition the country into the 21st Century while retaining their cultural and environmental heritage.