Top Rated Leadership Speaker

Give your team the inspiration and tools to advance performance, morale, productivity and leadership.

Learn about leadership, diversity, inclusion, and happiness from someone who has achieved the immigrant to global business success story.

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Marilyn Tam

Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate Coach.

Formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc and two term national director of Score Association, resource partner of the USA Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE provides entrepreneurial education and mentorship for over 500,000 businesses/year

Acknowledged by Inc Magazine as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world.

Listed by Brand Channel as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally.

Recognized as one of the 10 highest rated inspirational speaker for business.

Author of the best-selling book “The Happiness Choice”, which was the top 3 most read book by businesses according to 800 CEO Read

Executive Coach/mentor with track record of success to senior leaders in Fortune 100 companies

What people say?

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
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

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Speaking Topics

Inspiring and empowering people with these topics.

Leadership Excellence


Diversity & Inclusion

Women in the Workplace & Marketplace

Happiness, Work & Life Integration

Change Management

Praise for Marilyn Tam

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
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 101st annual conference and set the tone 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. She was incredibly easy to work with. Our Twitter feed for the conference lit up during and well after her presentation. We try not to repeat presenters, but I already had many attendees ask me when we’d have her back. The sooner the better!
Lisa Severy, PhD, President,
National Career Development Association



“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.


“How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want”, is available globally in six languages.


“Living the Life of Your Dreams” was eBook of the Year in the Inspirational category.