Norwich welcomes author Marilyn Tam for fall Todd Lecture Nov 7

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Norwich University continues its Todd Lecture Series with “The Happiness Choice: 5 Decisions that Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,’’ a presentation by author, entrepreneur  and renowned leadership speaker Marilyn Tam, PhD, on Monday Nov 7, 2016, at 7 pm in Plumley Armory.  This event is free and open to the public and is the first Todd Lecture in Norwich University’s “Year of Leadership” of the bicentennial countdown.

The former CEO of Aveda Corp., president of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group and vice president of Nike Inc., Tam is a speaker, author, consultant, board-certified executive coach, CEO of Marilyn Tam & Co. and founder and executive director of Us Foundation. Tam is also a successful entrepreneur. Inc Magazine ranks her as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world. Brand Channel lists Tam as one of the four most prominent names in ethical business globally. Tam is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post 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.

Tam has developed and built four companies in fields as diverse as a corporate consulting and training company; a web portal company; a supply chain software company; and an integrated health and wellness company. She regularly speaks and consults with Fortune 500 companies, governments and non-profit organizations on leadership, life balance, gender and diversity, change management, and how to integrate social and environmental concerns into businesses profitably.

She is 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.

Tam served as two-term director on the national board of SCORE Association, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and has served on the international board of the Reebok Human Rights Awards. She was also a recipient of the Reebok Human Rights Award for her humanitarian work. Tam is committed to the belief that philanthropy is integral to and provides an essential balance and relevance to her work, whether by 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. Tam has served as an advisor to the country of Bhutan, working with its ministers and government officials to transition the country into the 21st Century while retaining their cultural and environmental heritage.

Tam was recognized as one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the USA by Fempreneur Magazine. 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. Tam is a lifetime member of Who’s Who World Wide and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women.

Tam’s book, “The Happiness Choice”, was the top three most-read books by businesses according to 800 CEO Read. 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. Tam was honored with a Ph.D. in Humane Letters by Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Maj Gen Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. Todd ’50, serves as Norwich President Emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings the nation’s foremost thought leaders drawn from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other arenas to its Northfield campus. All lectures are streamed live and are free and open to the public.

For more information please visit the Todd Lecture Series website or call (802) 485-2633.


Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:00pm