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Marilyn  Tam

Marilyn Tam

International Business Leader


There isn’t a glass ceiling Marilyn Tam didn’t shatter. Growing up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong, Tam bravely left home as a teen to come to America. At a young age, Tam had to adjust to life in a foreign country, the language, the culture, completely alone. Read More >

Super intelligent, not only did Tam manage to settle in a new nation, but she became an internationally recognized businesswoman and humanitarian. Never forgetting the hardships she experienced and witnessed as a child, Marilyn has spent her career spreading ethical business policies and improving the lives of others around the world.

Tam is changing the face of global business practices. Named one of the "Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the US" by Fempreneur magazine, Tam built four successful companies, and was the CEO of Aveda, Vice President of Nike, and President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, where she created revolutionary ethical labor policies in Reebok’s factories around the world. A true visionary, her work has been detailed in Jack Canfield’s book on strategies for success, The Success Principles, and Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in ethical business globally. Passionate about changing the world, Tam is also 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.

Speaker, author, consultant, board certified executive leadership coach, Tam guides millions of fans around the world on her weekly radio show, “Happiness Choice.” An expert on balancing personal and professional life, Tam’s show advises audiences on how to live a happy, healthy, successful and dynamically balanced life. In her newest book, The Happiness Choice, Tam explains why and how happiness is crucial for business productivity and success as well as for your physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Now an internationally known author and speaker, Marilyn Tam speaks and facilitates workshops and consults with corporations, organizations, and people worldwide to help them discover and fulfill their life purpose. In her presentations, she provides audiences with the necessary principles and steps needed to reach their goals. Wise and inspiring, Tam lights up audiences with her fascinating stories and insight into leadership, change management, gender and diversity, life balance and ethical business. A true believer that anything is possible, Tam continues to break down barriers and change the world, showing her audiences how to do the same. Read Less ^

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The Happiness Choice: Five Decisions That Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Everyone wants contentment, love, and happiness derived from meaningful work. But with only 24 hours in a day and all of the competing demands of modern life, how can you achieve all of this? And how can you develop your company’s workplace to be optimally productive, while enhancing well-being and morale? Read More >

An expert in balancing life and work, Marilyn Tam shares what she learned from her journey from a neglected abused child in Hong Kong to an international business success and humanitarian who is happy, healthy, and at peace with herself. In this presentation, audiences will learn the principles, tools, and philosophies Tam and others have used to achieve a productive, healthy, and joyful life.

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 balanced, healthy, and joyful life. Read Less ^

Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want

What seemed to be disadvantages in Marilyn Tam's life ended up being the keys to her personal and professional achievements. In this engaging presentation, she will show you how to use what you've got to achieve your dreams, just like she did. Tam will share the leadership skills and character traits that really work to get to the top. You will hear motivational real-life stories, learn the four success principles, and learn how to still maintain life balance while still achieving immense professional success.

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

Learning how to benefit from diversity and be a leader in this diverse world is a challenge and an opportunity. Embracing and leveraging diversity, however, is the only way to prosper and grow in the 21st century. As a self-made immigrant woman of color, Marilyn Tam understands the importance of diversity in the work place. Read More >

Tam helps leaders and employees understand how to adapt and grow their unique leadership styles to foster a multicultural workplace, engaging employees from across the cultural spectrum. In this interactive presentation, you will learn the necessary actionable steps towards becoming a more effective global leader. Read Less ^

Women in the Workplace & Marketplace

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 company to succeed and continue to thrive today, it needs to fully utilize all the resources available. Read More >

In this presentation, Marilyn Tam uses her personal experience as a corporate leader, woman, consultant, and humanitarian to share the key factors that helped her become a star in the business world. She shares not only the elements needed to attain success and joy as a professional woman, but also how to support and foster the development of all women in business. Read Less ^