The Happiness Choice

Speaking & Consulting


“Thank you for your keynote address. It is powerful, moving and inspirational. From our perspective we wouldn’t change a thing. “
Accenture, Global Human Capital Team

“The conference attendees LOVED the program, the content: Fabulous, dynamic speaker. Really practical application. She was dynamic and flexible to cater to audience’s needs. She was fabulous, very inspirational & uplifting. A breath of fresh air - great content - personal plus professional value.”
Women In Technology International (WITI) Annual Conference

Your topic and program will be customized to your specific needs. Whether it is a keynote, interactive workshop, coaching or ongoing consultations, we will work together to achieve your goals.

Marilyn Tam’s satisfied clients include many of the world’s top companies, organizations and associations: 3M, Accenture, IBM, Ernst & Young, General Mills, Mercedes Benz Financial, The Conference Board, US Army Aviation & Missile Command, US Small Business Administration (SBA), Verizon etc.


  1. 1. The Happiness Choice: 5 Decisions that Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be*

    Happiness is a choice. In 2012 Gallup’s research showed that in the USA, $550 billion worth of productivity was lost due to unhappiness and poor wellbeing. When we are living in accordance with our Life Purpose, our decisions guide our every step to increased happiness and fulfillment.

    Marilyn speaks from personal experience and the wisdom learned from experts on how you can determine your life purpose and allocate your resources to attain the life of your dreams. She will discuss the five key aspects to dynamically balance for you to achieve success and happiness.

    Rising from being rejected by her family for being a girl, Marilyn became a global business executive, humanitarian, and most of all a happy person with inner peace. You will learn the secrets that she found and the wisdom she gathered from experts on her journey to her life of joy and triumph.

    * Marilyn’s new book, “The Happiness Choice”, published by John Wiley & Sons, 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 2013. The book shows how and why happiness is crucial for business productivity and success and for your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health.
  2. 2. Lean In – Is that the Magic?
    The Choices and Challenges of Attaining Happiness and Success

    Having achieved the professional success (CEO Aveda, Corp. President Reebok Apparel & Retail Group, V. President Nike, international author and successful entrepreneur) that Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook is advocating women “lean in” to do, the term has special meaning for Marilyn Tam. Each decision and goal entails choices, and also there are still challenges women face on the path to business success.

    Leaning in is good advice, and it also has to be taken in context of the many choices one has to make. “Having it all” is a fallacy; we cannot have it all at the same time. The multiple roles and expectations for a woman in the 21st century is impossible for any single person to achieve and maintain. The conflicting and demanding expectations have resulted in a measureable global decrease in women’s happiness over the past 40 years and also in comparison to men’s.

    Each person, woman and man can make the decisions that will bring them happiness and success as they personally define it. When you are living in alignment with your life purpose, it will guide your path and provide the practical steps and principles to promote your goals. When each person is living up to his or her highest potential, then we will truly have a thriving, sustainable and happy world.

    Marilyn’s new book, “The Happiness Choice – The 5 decisions that will take you from where you are to where you want to be” is a guide to help others determine their life purpose and make the choices that will keep them on track to happiness and success.

    One has to be careful not to blame the victim for not fighting back harder while embracing the tools and wisdom that Sheryl Sandberg passionately offered in her book, “Lean In”. Marilyn’s “The Happiness Choice”, is an excellent companion book.
  3. 3. How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want - Leadership and Personal Excellence: How You Can Achieve It

    Whatever qualities you have, no matter how limited or broad that they may be in your own mind, global corporate executive, entrepreneur and humanitarian Marilyn Tam will show you how to use what you've got to achieve your dreams. What seemed to be disadvantages in Marilyn's life were in fact her keys to personal and professional success and freedom.

    As someone who has broken the glass ceiling, she will share the leadership skills and character traits that really work. Starting from where you are now she leads you to assess your own inherent talents and skills and how to utilize them to your benefit. Hear motivational real life stories, determine your life mission, learn the four key Principles, and then apply the action steps to achieve your dreams. She will show you how to maintain Life Balance and personal peace and happiness while achieving professional success.

    You will learn from someone who has actual experience and can show you how to develop your assets and apply them effectively to your life mission. The talk/session(s) are engaging and timely; and the results are immediate and inspiring.
  4. 4. Diversity: How to Reap the Rich Harvest of Culture, Creativity and Community

    Learning how to benefit from diversity and to be a leader in a more diverse and global world is a challenge and an opportunity. Indeed, embracing and leveraging diversity is the only way to prosper and grow in the 21st century. In Marilyn Tam's interactive style you will hear stories, learn principles, and apply action steps from her 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 leadership styles to foster a multicultural workplace and attract and engage employees from across the cultural spectrum. How to benefit from the cornucopia of diverse cultures, knowledge and traditions to further the wellbeing of the organization and its standing in the market and community can also be covered.

    Learn from someone who has actually "walked the walk". Marilyn shows you how to develop your assets and to maximize them to effectively advance your mission. She discusses the four principles that helped propel her to lead several Fortune 500 companies, despite her challenging and unlikely background as a second daughter in a traditional Chinese family from Hong Kong. If she can do it, so can anyone who applies her principles and action steps to achieve greater success and happiness for themselves, their companies and communities.
  5. 5. Women in the Workplace and Marketplace

    In today’s highly competitive and interconnected world, women are invaluable to any enterprise. Women have specific strengths that are critical in today’s global economy and environment. Yet there are cultural biases in both men and women, and many structural obstacles that may hinder a woman’s progress in attaining her highest potential. This is a loss, for the company, as much as it is for the women who fail to fully contribute because of this.

    Marilyn will discuss and share from her personal experience as a corporate leader, woman, business consultant and humanitarian, the development of personal awareness, interpersonal skills, strategy development, decision-making and other key factors in how to be successful as a woman in business and how to support the development of women in business.

    Much have been made of glass ceilings, Marilyn will also discuss glass walls, which are oftentimes even more confining and hindering of one’s career advancement than glass ceilings. She will share on how to move through them so that each person can excel. Humor, interactive communication, networking, coaching, feedback and reflection are the common threads throughout.

    The outcome is to increase each person’s ability and comfort in making a more significant impact in the organization and community through immediate application of a wider range of leadership knowledge and skills. Additional benefits include increased employee and company satisfaction, productivity and reduced turnover.
  6. 6. Living the Life of Your Dreams - Life Balance: How to Juggle Work, Home, Personal and Spiritual Health

    The conflicting expectations and conditioning that people, especially women, have been bombarded with makes them vulnerable to feeling unsatisfied, second rate and confused. The current poor economic times, incessant marketing message of “you can have it all” and the hyper-speed of change is hitting people so hard that they are oftentimes reduced to feeling despair in being able to attain any semblance of a balanced life – and even more critically, economic sustainability.

    The inner questioning of whether one can ever climb out of the hole of wanting and trying to gain some measure of financial stability, health, fulfilling relationships, inner peace, joy and a meaning for life is pervasive, however conscious or subconscious. This hunger and fear is driving the collective unconsciousness. “Life Balance: How to Juggle Work, Home, Personal and Spiritual Health” is packed with motivation, encouragement, and practical resources for a happier more satisfying life.

    Marilyn shares from her own experience as well as from the numerous experts whom she has worked and collaborated with in her career and life. The talk/session(s) are filled with stories and practical examples of both success and failures that lead to the development of Life Balance.

    You will be inspired, relieved and also learn practical actionable principles and tools to be able prioritize, allocate resources and balance your life demands to greater success, inner peace and happiness.
  7. 7. 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 global business and the tighter and more visible connections between all aspects of the development, production and consumption cycle. Marilyn shares the secrets she learned from her international business and humanitarian experience - how to be the more effective and productive in business and life while creating collaborative and lasting relationships.

    She 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. Marilyn 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.

    With real life and practical stories to illustrate the points, you will soak up the information and be able to apply them to greater business success and personal satisfaction.
  8. 8. The Role of Business in the 21st Century

    The 21st Century is a wired and interconnected world, which has modified the roles and responsibilities of business. Business is no longer, if it ever was, only focused on the sole pursuit of the current Profit & Loss statement. It is now an integral and dynamic part of the global community, economy, environment and culture. For business to thrive in these circumstances, clarification of the mission and principles of the organization is needed.

    Companies, non-profit organizations, sovereign nations and cultures are converging. Businesses are becoming networks with far-reaching influence. How do we ensure a healthy bottom line for everyone? What is our future? Marilyn shares four defining principles for maintaining integrity in business and in life; principles that have helped her improve profitability and working conditions for many companies across the world.

    Marilyn shares the insights and success secrets she’s gained from her global business and humanitarian work to guide you and your company on your path to prospering in this new environment. With real life stories of wins and mistakes told with humor and lessons learned, you will take away key principles and action steps to better navigate in today’s fast changing world.
  9. 9. Global Business today, the Opportunities and Challenges

    Business today is global. The development, production and consumption chain stretches from wherever and however “local” the company is to all points of the globe. To excel in this marketplace means that each person and each company have to understand and be proactive about the opportunities and challenges that come with globalization.

    Marilyn shares from her global business and humanitarian experience in 120 countries about the benefits, ethics and pitfalls that come with working in a complexity of cultures, traditions, geography and time zones. The increasing interrelationships between developers, suppliers, marketers, buyers and sellers mean that every business and organization need to operate with a much more expanded perspective of their market to be able to thrive today.

    Learn from someone who has successfully managed companies and organizations in a wide variety of cultures and environments. Marilyn share insights and principles learned from practical experience. You and your organization will grow and prosper from her wisdom.

    More details about the following topics will be provided upon request.
  10. 10. Today’s Social and Environmental concerns and how to integrate them into a business profitably
  11. 11. Change Management: How to Increase Productivity and Morale in Rapid Change and Uncertainty
  12. 12. Mid Career Transitions, How to Reassess and Accomplish Your Dreams

Clients’ Testimonials:

“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

“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

“Thank you for a very wonderful presentation to us! I was so impressed by your insightful speech and advice, plus your passion. We all learned lots from your presentation.”
Takekazu Kaneko, Executive Vice President, Sumitomo 3M Limited
Tokyo, Japan

“Thank you for sending along a copy of your keynote address. It is powerful, moving and inspirational. From our perspective we wouldn’t change a thing.”
Trish A. Douglas, Accenture
Global Human Capital Team

“Diversity is such a key issue currently at 3M. Thanks again for your inspiring and encouraging presentation. All our affinity groups received your presentation with great excitement.”
MaryJo Lewis & Lynnette T. Welsch, Co-chairs 3M Women’s Advisory Committee
3M Corporation, St Paul, MN

“The conference attendees LOVED the program, the content: Fabulous, dynamic speaker. Really practical application. She was dynamic and flexible to cater to audience’s needs. She was fabulous, very inspirational & uplifting. A breath of fresh air - great content - personal plus professional value.”
Katharine Coles, Conference coordinator, Women In Technology International Annual Conference
Santa Cruz, California

"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

“Thank you for being our Keynote Speaker at the event. You inspired and informed our audience. We value the diversity in our customer base and thank you for helping us reach them. I will certainly reach out to partner on further initiatives when we see opportunity.”
Fernando Molinar, Director Consumer Marketing, Verizon Wireless

“You were just fantastic – great story and presentation. Such a perfect close to our SEER Symposium. I would not change a thing – the authentic real you is about as good as it gets. Keep doing what you do - we are all better for it. Thank you so much!”
Michael Crooke, PhD, Lead Faculty of the SEER (Socially, Environmentally, Ethically Responsible)
Certificate Program, Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University, Santa Monica, California

“Thank you for your outstanding participation as moderator and plenary speaker for Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference. Your insight into the strategies, tactics and tools critical to building a successful business through deal making was particularly helpful. Thank you for your excellent contribution.”
Ronald Langston, National Director, United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, Washington DC

“I would like to thank you dearly for your participation in the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona. Your contribution to the dialogue THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN THE 21st CENTURY was greatly appreciated. You were the best speaker from North America.”
Mireia Belil, Director of Dialogues,
Universal Forum of Cultures, Barcelona, Spain

Thank you Marilyn. Among the many positive quotes we have received, we felt these three were representational from attendees of the Simmons School of Management Leadership Conference in Boston, MA: "Marilyn Tam's structured view of mentoring provided an excellent roadmap for planning mentor-mentee relationships. Also, Marilyn's real-life experience about transitioning and transforming these relationships over time was so important." "Marilyn Tam gave authoritative answers to challenging questions." "If I had to pick one session that impacted me most, Marilyn Tam's session on diversity would win hands down. I found her real, very inspirational and, despite her achievements, quite humble."
Joyce Kolligian, Executive Director
Simmons School of Management Leadership Conference, MA

"I had the privilege to have Dr. Marilyn Tam present a webinar based on "Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want’. I felt it was extremely worthwhile for our group and was thoroughly impressed with how she successfully grounded on her business success into her personal values and internal compass. Dr. Tam engaged our participants to be mindful of the lessons presented and empowering them to put that knowledge into practice with confidence. I received several glowing reports from our participants, thanking us for making such a wonderful presentation available to them. I would highly recommend Dr. Tam’s books as well as her as a keynote speaker to anyone looking to further articulate their professional goals based on their values."
Mrim Boutla, PhD, GCDF co-founder, More than More than Money League

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