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Badass Women at Any Age

Sep 14, 2020

Marilyn Tam, PH.D, took what she learned from a neglectful and abusive childhood in Hong Kong to show that it’s possible to become a successful and powerful woman. She is a Best-Selling author, top-rated leadership speaker, and CEO/Founder of UsFoundation. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and her book The Happiness Choice gives reveals the principals and tools she has learned to create big and badass life. 


What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • Marilyn also formerly was the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, and Vice President of Nike Inc. She also has been acknowledged by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world. 
  • Marilyn came from a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong, where her parents gave her away and made her feel unwanted due to her gender. Her upbringing gave her the skills to survive almost everything, and she came to America by herself in search of a better life and more opportunity. 
  • The key to imposter syndrome is to acknowledge it, keep going, and to develop more tools that reflect back just what a badass you really are. 
  • Marilyn’s book, The Happiness Choice shows how and why happiness is crucial for success in all ways. 
  • Two takeaways of advice from myself and Marilyn: 
  • You don’t always need to stay loyal to a job that may not be loyal to you. 
  • Learn everything you can from all the positions around you at an organization. This will leverage your power and help you become a more valuable player. 


  • “It’s about not only what we survive, but what teaches us to survive.” 
  • “I knew no one would pull me up, so I would pick myself up and keep going.” 
  • “What can I do today to take one more step to do something for others?” 
  • “Without meaning we have no joy.” 



 The Happiness Choice 

Marilyn Tam