making remarkable events a standard.

MARILYN SHERMAN'S CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

​GENERAL/CORPORATE CLIENTS:

"The only word I have is WOW. Marilyn not only had a message that resonated with every person in the room – no matter the career tenure or long-term career desires – but she also communicated in a way that fit our culture perfectly. She delivered simple concepts in profound ways that stuck with people causing action outside the room. Marilyn never disappoints!”
- VP, Human Resources, RACETRAC

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"I had the privilege of working with Marilyn at the beginning of January as I booked her to be the keynote speaker at our Etcetera National Meeting. A great choice it was! One of the things I valued the most about Marilyn's presentation was the time and effort she put into really getting to know our Sales Consultants and as she did that, she continued to rework her presentation until the very end. What that meant was many had already gotten to know her when she spoke and her presentation was tailored to us and our business. Let me share some feedback I received from those in attendance:
       -  LOVE HER! I came away newly inspired and have a new business plan for 2016. Stepping out
         ​ of my comfort zone is exactly what I am doing this year, and actually started the minute I
         ​ arrived home.
       -  PERFECT presenter. Marilyn was right on target, engaging, entertaining, inspiring and I still her
         ​ voice in my head:) Thank you.
       -  I can't give her enough exclaims! Marilyn was sensational. She was to me, inspirational
        ​ enough to pump up anyone! I give her 125% marks.
Marilyn's presentation was exceptional and inspiring! She was a hit!"
- Director of Training, Etcetera (a trademark of Carlisle Etcetera LLC)

​​"First I wanted to let you know what an Inspirational Trip we had going to the Moen Design Seminar. Not only were we able to hear about some new products, give insight on existing product, learn about how Digital Driven the market is going, selling skills, meet other professionals in the industry and see and hear what their experiences are; but had the chance to listen to Marilyn Sherman who spoke about Work/Life Balancing. Emily (who went with me from our company) and I were in different groups throughout the days, and she was able to hear her speak first. When she walked out of Marilyn's room, she said “Sarah, she was GREAT and we should try to have her come to our company to speak!” I said Hmm I have heard other motivational speakers in the past and it was really all about them and their choices in life, and somewhat could relate but not much... and never really said “I wish my co-workers heard her”. She was really great and to get people to talk about getting out of their comfort zones and talking about Teamwork, Communication Skills and Improving one self’s morale. Thank you for all that I was able to take back, the knowledge, and the empowerment.It was unforgettable!!!!!!"

- Moen

"Hello Marilyn!!! You probably don’t remember me, it’s been a while!! To be exact over 13 years. My wife and I attended my graduation (as a journeyman carpenter from the AGC in the year 2000). It was an event that was held in a hotel on Mission Bay. We would like to thank you because that day was the start of many positive things to our life. It has not been easy, but nothing is, right?? The speech you made that day, I took as directed to me. Everything you talked about was a reflection of what was going on in my life at that particular time. After that night, my wife and I agreed to move forward, regardless of the consequences. My question to her was: Rice & Beans? (Meaning things could be good... or the opposite), She decided to walk beside me. I thank God for giving me the wife, son, the daughters we have, AND for having you give your speech that night."

- Carpenter, Southwest Regional Communications Center, San Diego, CA

"​​[Re: Marilyn Sherman] I have seen her speak about 5 times and I can tell you she is an excellent speaker with a great message. The last keynote she did (that was to one of my groups), she spent two days going to sessions so she could understand the group better and incorporate relevant information into the presentation. She is very committed to ensuring her messaging matches the group and not just a “cookie cutter” speaker."
- CMP, Sales Executive, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority​​

MEETING PLANNERS:​​
"THANK YOU so much for presenting at our Strategic Planning Session! You set the standard for the whole day and inspired us all with your success strategies for 2013.
It's hard to take a day out of the office when we are so busy but it was worth it in developing our business, as a Team, in the coming year. Your advice and support really encourage everyone in the right direction. You and Yves are a fabulous couple and we all look forward to working with you in the future. I can't thank you enough Marilyn and I count my lucky stars our paths have crossed. Here's to an exceptional 2013!"
- Baskow and Associates​​

"This past August 2013, we were fortunate to be able to hire Marilyn Sherman as the Keynote Speaker for an international event we were handling for one of our clients: Elna Sewing Machines. As the agency of record for Janome America, whose parent company also owns Elna, we coordinate an international dealer meeting every two years in venues across the country. In August of 2013, we were in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Convention Center. This meeting traditionally concentrates mainly on the Janome brand, but this year (for the first time), the Elna national and international dealers were invited to participate in a concurrent show. There was a substantial opening event planned for the Janome dealers, and so we knew it would be important for the Elna dealers to have something they could "call their own." We decided on a motivational speaker for the morning keynote event, and hired Marilyn after an extensive online search. She matched all our criteria for style and budget, and we were pleased to find out she was local to Las Vegas, which made planning that much easier. Marilyn delivered a wonderful keynote to the attendees. It was a challenging room because we had several groups of non-English speakers who were a bit disruptive in their attempt to keep up with the translation to one another. Marilyn was unfazed and kept an upbeat and strong delivery throughout. We would be happy to recommend her to other groups!"
- Creative Director and Event Manager, McKinney Johnson​​


"I have had several clients hire Marilyn, and they were all thrilled with her. I can personally testify to her speaking abilities as the company I used to work for hired her to speak at one of our executive retreats. AMAZING! I highly recommend Marilyn."
- Owner, Mann Meetings​​

"It is my pleasure to recommend Maril
yn Sherman. I first met her at the beginning of her meteoric rise in popularity as a professional speaker. She delivers useable content in a fun and entertaining manner. She consistently gets high ratings from the meeting professionals who have booked her through our company, of which there were many. She is an A+ in my book!"
- Owner/Partner, redpropeller, llc
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WOMEN'S GROUPS:​
"You were incredible! Thanks for coming to our Summit."
- Senior National Sales Executive, Coca-Cola

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"I wanted you to know that my in box continues to be flooded by women who are getting out of their comfort zone and looking for a seat in the front row. One women is courageously looking for a new career path after 15 years with the same organization. Thanks for all you did for the professional women of Springfield."
- Illinois Women in Leadership

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"Several of the members of RNDC’s National Women’s Leadership Forum first heard Marilyn speak at the Women Foodservice Forum in Florida in April 2013 and knew we wanted to get her in front of our local Women’s Leadership Group. Our group consists of top female leaders in our organization that has been identified as top talent. This was our first meeting and we really wanted to make an impact to insure these local women knew their value in our company and in turn, that the company was investing in them. Marilyn’s topic of ‘Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?’ and the 4-Musts for Goal Setting was fabulous. The feedback we've received from our participants clearly defines the impact she made on our group. Some of her sound bites are heard in conversations around the office and are posted on office walls. Marilyn
is an engaging speaker and customized her presentation to our group, focusing on the challenges and opportunities we face on a daily basis. We are thrilled to have been able to partner with Marilyn for the kick-off of our event. We wanted to pass along our gratitude to Marilyn for speaking to our Local DFW Women’s Leadership Group; she is an inspiration to many!"
- Republic National Distributing Company

"​I enjoyed Marilyn’s presentation at the WISE event in Rosemont, IL last month. Please thank her for the great advice, tremendous follow-up, and even for the wine tips in “Wine Made Easy”. I’ll definitely recommend Marilyn to any group looking for an inspirational, fun, thought provoking speaker. Thank you!"
- Marketing Concepts Group

"On November 17, 2013, Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence™ (WISE), a non-profit professional development organization, welcomed Marilyn Sherman to our first anniversary celebration and annual meeting. Marilyn addressed over 200 private label and retail industry professionals, offering an inspiring message of optimism, initiative, and purpose. Her message was the perfect complement to our ‘Inspiring Leadership’ theme. In the words of one of our attendees – “The guest speaker, Marilyn Sherman, was absolutely awesome! I can’t imagine that anyone left there without being transformed by her inspirational talk.” WISE members and leadership gratefully recognize Marilyn for bringing her inspiration and wisdom to our annual meeting."
- Board Chair, Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence™ (WISE)

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We had Marilyn Sherman as our speaker for an all women’s event and she was AMAZING! We had nothing but great comments from the ladies. She was very energetic, easy to work with and lots of fun! She also left personal notes and one of her books for each of the sales staff, which was very much appreciated. We would recommend her to anyone!"
- Sales & Marketing Director, Cedar Shores Resort, Ladies Great Escape 2013 Event​​

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"I am sure you hear this all the time, but ​I honestly enjoyed our day with you so ​much. I have been a manager in ​banking for nearly 20 years, and have ​been to zillions of these types of events. ​I have heard good speakers and bad ​speakers and lots of in between ​speakers. But I don’t think I have ever ​enjoyed a presentation as much as I ​enjoyed yours—not even lying! So thank you!"​
- Women's Management Conference, Green Bay, WI

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ographer, I have limited time to sit down and listen -- but I picked up a lots of bits and pieces through out the conference of this awe-inspiring, motivating, captivating and high-caffeine-energetic presentations of Marilyn Sherman. Positive thinking, go-girl attitude are few of those motivating factors to lift up the curtains of sluggish-n-monotonous comfort zones. Why in the world do we get stuck in the same routines? Do you know why? Because it is our warm-and-fuzzy-comfort zone. Explore what's out there, see what is out there to offer? If it offers a 360 lifetime positive thinking pass - why won't we give it a shot? One, two, three shots? I would do it for more shots if necessary! It could possibly be your new comfort zone and, mine as well. Isn't that nice to live in the world surrounded with positive-thinkers? Map out your goals and for sure Marilyn Sherman is the most highlighted route you could MapQuest into."
- Women's Management Conference, Green Bay, WI​​​​

“Marilyn Sherman has presented at the annual WFF Leadership Development Conference for more than 8 years. Her high-energy, motivational programs are packed to “standing–room-only” crowds. Marilyn’s programs are among the highest-rated by our attendees, and we are continuously fielding requests for Marilyn’s return year after year. I would strongly recommend Marilyn to any foodservice organization that wants to challenge their employees to “break out of their comfort zones and lead from the front row!!"
- Director of Professional Development Women’s Foodservice Forum​​


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
“After a full day of programming, Marilyn closed the day with her presentation on “Moving to the Front Row.” She was perfect for this time-slot as she re-energized and motivated the audience! After other conference discussions focused on change and disruption, Marilyn’s talk inspired and offered opportunities for all. Well done!”
- LIMRA, Director, Conferences​​

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"Thanks again for putting on such a n AWESOME presentation today! You are fabulous - seriously! The best speakers and leaders are those who are down to earth, open, honest & inspiring & you simply knocked it out of the park. Everyone loved you!"
- se2: Life Insurance & Annuity Outsourcing Tecnology

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We had the opportunity for Marilyn to deliver an inspirational key note address at our National meeting last month. Marilyn was adept at connecting with our people and linked her messaging with some powerful story-telling which resonated with the group. I was most impressed with her comic delivery which on several occasions kindled quite an uproar from the audience. She has made the term “starter spouse” a popular new company acronym.”

- SVP Human Resources, Balfour Beatty Capital Group, Inc.

"I have worked with many speakers over the years - none have been as creative, informative, easy to work with, clear on her message and engaging as Marilyn. I have watched her take an apathetic audience and turn them into believers - if you want a real professional to add to your meeting, conference or agenda - Marilyn is your go to person!!"
-Executive HR Management​

"I have had the pleasure to work with Marilyn over the years and have found her to be one of the most professional and engaging presenters around. Her topics are positioned for the audience and she always provides a dynamic experience for all. I especially enjoy the way she intertwines appropriate stories into her talks so that the audience relates to the topics deeper. Marilyn has presented at many SFM events during my time at the organization and all of them have scored high marks on post conference surveys. Marilyn is a great person and a great addition to the speaking world."
- Senior Manager of Global Employee Services, Microsoft​​

"Marilyn is a dynamite speaker who captures the attention of her audience and provides them with meaningful, motivational and memorable concepts and ideas they can take action on immediately to improve their career results. She will work with you to customize her approach to meet your group's needs but also brings creativity and fun to all she does."
- Vice President Global Initiatives, Ecolab - Global Marketing/Communications & Sustainability Executive
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"Marilyn inspires me. She inspires me through her words, her humor, and her heart. I heard her speak for the first time at a WFF conference and I knew she was someone I wanted on my personal board of directors. Her messages are simple and strong and delivered with such passion and wit you are hooked within the first minute. I will always sit in the front row because I will not take a back seat to anyone and because I always have Marilyn on my shoulder pushing me ever forward."
- Chief Success Strategist at Welcome Home LLC

"Marilyn was hired for our 2010 Navy Food Service Program as a key note speaker. She was engaging, motivating, but perhaps key, is that she had some of the sleeper folks in the audience, fully engaged and alive! Her message hit home with so many, myself included. She has a solid message about moving to the front row of your life, you just need to take action, immediately! Marilyn is in the very top tier of motivational speakers. She has the tenacity and temerity to take the bull by the horns and incite you to do the same!"
- Program Manager at Basis Technology

"Marilyn engages and relates to her audiences in a way that few speakers do. Not only is she entertaining, she leaves her audiences with concrete concepts and applications that they can apply to their work and life immediately. Marilyn is also a champion of others' growth and development and will go out of her way to provide individual coaching. I highly recommend Marilyn for your next group, meeting or developmental opportunity. She will exceed your expectations!"
- Regional Sales Manager, HPSI Purchasing Services - Education Division​

"Marilyn is consummate professional on and off the stage. Her speaking is engaging and energetic and always meaningful and insightful. I have heard her speak many times. As a result of our mutual involvement in a women's leadership group, we have worked together on events and she has been a terrific motivator and organizer of teams and committees. On a personal note, I consider Marilyn a friend and advocate of my personal and professional growth."
- Commercial Chain Sales, Key Impact Sales and Systems​​

"Excellent presenter. If you are looking for someone to motivate your team to reach new heights and expectations, there is not anyone better. Marilyn is also great with client groups as well. Besides that she is fun to work with!"
- Principal, Rohan Stratton Inc
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"Marilyn was an absolute pleasure to have speak for our conference! At first, I wasn’t sure how she would relate to the industry of life insurance. But that doubt didn’t reside very long. She reached out to several of our agents prior to the conference to get a feel for how they used CMG and what their days look like. Then once she arrived at the conference, she was spending her time either interacting with the agents during the breaks or ensuring she didn’t miss any of the presentations and sessions. By the time it was her turn to speak, she knew the industry as well as anyone in the room! It was amazing to watch her correlate the things that motivate people towards the daily lives of our agents. You could see everyone in the audience almost mesmerized by her awareness of their challenges. But what was really great was when she to watch them receive her challenges back to them. They embraced her encouragement and motivation beyond my expectations. Aside from seeing the audience transform, I was told by several attendees about how great she was. Many of the them stated that they had never had anyone push them like she did. One of the comments I received….“These speakers are always like…sell …sell…sell. But they never seemed to help us push beyond the limits that we’ve set for ourselves. Which are generally too low or haven’t evolved with the times. She simply put…get’s it”. With all this said, we felt that it was our privilege to have her speak. She went above anyone’s expectations and created a real take away that people will remember. We would recommend Marilyn to anyone in any industry. Thank you again for making this possible."
- CMG Success Conference​​​


EDUCATION: 
"Thank you for your August 21st presentation “Managing Change with a Positive Mindset” at our Program Coordinators’ Retreat at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The field of Graduate Medical Education is ever-changing, and those of us responsible to administer these training programs often find the responsibilities to be overwhelming. Your presentation provided several powerful tools to help us meet the challenges head-on. Some examples of feedback we received after our Retreat:
“Marilyn was amazing – very uplifting, dynamic and personable”, “...engaging and funny”; “...provided good illustrations of the ways WE behave so that we can be more aware”; “...provided a very engaging exercise that gave me good insight into my own personality”; “...offered excellent interactions to demonstrate some of the best ways to implement change”; “...we learned from one activity that we can borrow from others (resources) and don’t always have to rely on ourselves alone”; “...Marilyn provided a great presentation with good ideas and concrete suggestions, resources on keys to success - she ROCKED!”
We regret that we didn't have additional time available for a longer presentation, although we deeply appreciate your message, your humor, your energy and your generosity in sharing with us this opportunity to build our skills for success. Again, many thanks for taking the time to challenge and motivate us!"
- The Program Coordinator Council, University of Colorado School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education

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Marilyn Sherman came to Purdue to speak twice during the past year. During each visit Marilyn gave a 90-minute keynote, as well as two 90-minute breakout sessions to our staff. She spoke on 'Communicating for Results', 'Which V are You?, and 'Front Row Service', and 'Why Settle for the Balcony'. She was knowledgeable and enjoyable, with a great message. I would highly recommend her!"
- Dining & Catering, Purdue University

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Without a doubt, Marilyn Sherman is one of the most delightful speakers I've ever booked for an event. Her genuine warmth and wonderful sense of humor light up a room. Our Administrative Professionals Day audience connected with her instantly. Her keynote presentation offered practical and relevant advice. And our own event team adored working with her. She's every bit as funny and engaging off stage as she is on. The post-event evaluations raved about Marilyn and how she 'resonated' with them. Wish I could have Marilyn at every event!"

- Director of Marketing & Event Management, Johnson County Community College

"We were hosting a regional conference of foodservice professionals and were seeking a guest speaker who could really motivate our conference attendees. Marilyn did exactly that, and then some! Marilyn was able to provide us with a road map that took our attendees out of their comfort zone and inspired them to reach for more in their career and their personal lives. Her presentation was inspiring and crucial to both individual and team success to members of our industry. We couldn't have asked for more in a guest speaker!"
- Union Drive Marketplace Manager, ISU Dining, Iowa State University​​

"First experienced Marilyn at a National conference and she made such an impression, I knew we need her at our Regional conference so that her amazing message could be taken down to the next level. She is amazing and continues to network with folks to this day."

- Director ISU Dining, Iowa State University​​

"You were the best speaker ever. I may be older than you, but that means I've seen a lot of speakers. Marilyn Sherman encouraged everyone and really was the best speaker ever. She is fantastic!"
- Purdue Dining Services​​


ASSOCIATIONS:​
"I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a resounding THANK YOU for presenting at the 2013 Wisconsin Municipal Clerk’s Association Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To say you, and your presentation, were the highlight of our conference would be an understatement. Our attendees raved about you and how you energized them to go back to work and get out of their comfort zones! On a personal level, you have touched me in a profound way. When I first heard you speak at the IIMC Conference in Portland, Oregon I was rocked beyond words. You told about meeting a well-respected speaker and how you introduced yourself to him. After hearing your presentation, I knew I had to meet you and let you know how you touched me. I can remember walking up to the table where you were signing books, sitting with your husband, and being so nervous to say hello my knees were shaking. The warmth and caring you showed me has had a profound effect on me and my career. It is because of your inspiration that I am moving forward outside of my comfort zone to pursue my passion. You brought your enthusiasm, passion and vision to all the WMCA members in attendance at our conference and have left a lasting impression. I don’t know how you do it, but you made 300+ people reflect on who they are and the potential they have – and unleashed them back to their profession as Municipal Clerks with renewed vision and energy. Thank you so much for being a part of our conference and I can’t wait until I can be in the front row with you again!"
- WMCA Past President, Chair - Professional Education Committee, City Clerk/Treasurer of St. Francis, WI

"We had Marilyn Sherman as our Thursday Delegate Luncheon Keynote Speaker for the Texas Municipal League 101st Annual Conference and Exhibition, which was held in Austin, Texas in October 2013. Her Message "Why Settle for the Balcony? How to Get a Front Row Seat in Life" was that perfect blend of motivation, humor, and inspiration. Her presentation was informative, timely and relevant, while also being very entertaining. Marilyn was such a pleasure to work with not only during the conference, but also before and after. She was also extremely personable onsite and took the time to speak to many of our conference attendees after the event. She even posed for pictures with attendees.. they really enjoyed her and her wonderful personality. A big thanks to Marilyn for making our conference a success!"
- Conferences and Training Services Manager, Texas Municipal League​​

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I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed Marilyn Sherman’s seminar on conflict resolution to our members a few weeks ago. She was both informative & entertaining. She kept the audience engaged with her humor & examples from her own experiences. She was definitely one of my top 5 speakers out of all the speakers I have worked with over the years due to her speaking style and program content. It was perfect for our audience and the attendees rated Marilyn a 10 out of 10! We will be keeping her in mind for future seminars. I highly recommend her!"
- Director of Operations/Special Events, Guilford Merchants Association

​​"I had the opportunity to see Marilyn present at one of my customer's annual meeting. The 600 person audience was captivated during the entire 1-hour presentation. Marilyn shared real-life stories that allowed her audience to connect emotionally with her experiences. This is absolutely vital for a presenter to impact crowd emotionally. I will recommend Marilyn to other customers in the future because her message is inspiring and creates hope for anyone, regardless of their success in life."

- President at PCMA POWER Chapter

​"Marilyn Sherman impressed me at a conference so much that I hired her for the keynote speaker at our Women in Industry Forum. She was fantastic! The ladies continually bring up great information and advise that Marilyn shared with us. I would highly recommend her for any conference where you want your attendees to be engaged, enthused and learn important communication skills."

- Sr. Director of Meetings & Conferences, National Association of Electrical Distributors

“Marilyn Sherman has presented at the annual WFF Leadership Development Conference for more than 8 years. Her high-energy, motivational programs are packed to “standing–room-only” crowds. Marilyn’s programs are among the highest-rated by our attendees, and we are continuously fielding requests for Marilyn’s return year after year. I would strongly recommend Marilyn to any foodservice organization that wants to challenge their employees to “break out of their comfort zones and lead from the front row!!"
- Director of Professional Development Women’s Foodservice Forum​​

“Wow! Your were truly amazing at the SFM conference in Montreal. Your talk on getting a ‘Front-Row Seat in Life’ was right on target and so pertinent for our audience. I don’t recall any other SFM closing keynoter who received better reviews (or attendance) than you. Our members really connected with your message. Your presentation will go down in history as truly inspiring.”
- President (past) Society of Foodservice Management​​

“Thank you so much for your participation at our RFMA convention. We had an overwhelming enthusiastic response to your presentation, “Communicating for Results: From Conflict to Cooperation”. You added an element of complete professionalism and experience to our overall education program. Your presentation fit right in with our theme “Building Success” as you helped the restaurant facility managers and vendor representatives who attended your session to build their own success through better communication skills. It was a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to welcoming you back to future RFMA events.”
- Managing Director Restaurant Facility Management Association​​

FOODSERVICE & HOSPITALITY:​​
“Hello Marilyn, I really can't thank you enough. You were completely relevant, exceptionally relatable, an inspiring, but approachable presence, and so generous with your time - my sales and marketing teams LOVED you. Today I was getting phone calls and emails asking if we could hire you again. I don't think that has ever happened before. Your content was exactly what I needed for my group in this moment and I wanted to thank you so very sincerely for spending your entire day and night with us. I can't wait to work with you again.”
- Gordon Food Service

​​"I found Marilyn Sherman's session very insightful. There were several good "take-aways" that should be helpful in my current work and personal environments."

- The Coca-Cola Company

"Thank you for sharing your insights on networking with our organization during our region road show. I have received several unsolicited compliments not only about our organization’s commitment to employee development, but our willingness to invest in such an inspired and insightful speaker. You really gave them a different, more holistic perspective on the importance of networking for personal and professional advancement. And, as always, you delivered the message with great flair and imagination! Thanks again."
- President, Kraft North America Foodservice​​

"Marilyn Sherman was the best for me, as she gave humorous insights and practical advice into how women specifically can deal with difficult situations, with a true understanding of how this would be different than what a male counterpart might feel or think. And I found it validating, energizing to be with women I know in the organization that I am not able to connect with through work on a regular basis."
- The Coca-Cola Company

"I loved the afternoon session I attended with Marilyn Sherman around communication skills. She was very funny, engaging, and provided inspiration and insight in dealing with different personality types and gaining emotional intelligence. Marilyn was a great speaker. She truly makes her audience look at life from a more positive angle."
- The Coca-Cola Company

"Marilyn Sherman came to Purdue to speak twice during the past year. During each visit Marilyn gave a 90-minute keynote, as well as two 90-minute breakout sessions to our staff. She spoke on 'Communicating for Results', 'Which V are You?, and 'Front Row Service', and 'Why Settle for the Balcony'. She was knowledgeable and enjoyable, with a great message. I would highly recommend her!"
- Dining & Catering, Purdue University​​

"​I wanted to thank you, once again, for participating in our 2013 women’s LINC Leadership Conference at Coca-Cola on August 15, 2013. The theme of the conference was NOW IS YOUR TIME. We had 500 attendees developing their skills and being inspired by phenomenal speakers like yourself throughout this full day event. While we received unsolicited, positive feedback from participants at the event (and for many days following it!), the survey results further confirmed the success of the conference. I am happy to share the results of the survey which showcase your part in helping to make the event a success!
- 85.6% of respondents were very satisfied or satisfied with her quality of content & message (received the 2nd highest 'very satisfied' rating)
- 2% of respondents said Marilyn Sherman's content was relevant to their personal and professional growth
- Close to 10% of comments were written about Marilyn, which is pretty incredible considering we had 10 different speakers at the conference and many more videos and items on which to comment.
It was a pleasure working with you and getting to know you. Hopefully we can work together again soon! If there’s anything we can help you with, let us know!"
- Meeting Operations Coordinator, Strategic Events, Creative Business Solutions | The Coca-Cola Company

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Kerry Ingredients and Flavours had Marilyn Sherman speak at our 2013 National Sales Meeting in Miami, Florida. We had her speak at different times of the meeting including a
team building informational session as well as our annual awards banquet. She was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Our group was very pleased with the experience.
Marilyn got everyone involved and had everyone laughing. I would recommend Marilyn to other corporations looking to add life to their meetings and get people thinking outside the box."
- Marketing Services Assistant, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours

"I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed having you participate in our meeting. Received nothing but positive comments about your style and content. All very well received and a great way for us to close out the meeting with some thought provoking inspiration. Thank you for everything."
- Director of Marketing, Newly Weds Foods

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​​​“Marilyn’s energy and obvious passion for her subject matter make it clear that she is a true expert in the field of hospitality. If only 25% of the attendees at our Company-Wide Conference embrace Marilyn’s passion for hospitality, the results will show in our business growth. It is my hope that everyone left our conference with a renewed commitment to exceeding our Guest’s expectations! Thank you for inspiring and motivating us Marilyn!”
- President, International Division, The Johnny Rockets Group, Inc.

“Your talk was inspiring to all of us and we truly learned and relearned some key insights from you”.
- President & COO of Coca-Cola​​
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​​"Marilyn connected with our General Managers and our other Hospitality employees like no one ever has. She is REAL, and relates to people from wherever they happen to be in their lives. She personally affected me as a Leader of this company tremendously by making me look at what is truly important to gain results - be a Leader of people by leading them to their own goals. Know the layout of the theatre, know the needs of the people, and help them get to the seat they need to be. Everyone wins. Prior to meeting Marilyn, I never put my title with my signature unless it was necessary. Since meeting Marilyn, I created my own title that reflects what truly will produce results in our company..."
- President, Concord Hospitality Inc

"Any time I have seen Marilyn speak it has been a delight! She is funny, witty and a great story teller. She is able to weave great insight and learning lessons in all her stories. She is very down to earth and approachable. She is the kind of speaker that sticks around the conference to engage with the attendees which is such a nice added bonus to her being a great speaker."
- Senior Director, Business Development & Events for People Report and Black Box Intelligence
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"I would highly recommend Marilyn for any event where you want to challenge the status quo, get people out of their comfort zones and think differently! Her humor, combined with her innate ability to connect with a crowd of 30 or 3000 is unparalleled. Audiences love her, respond to the messages she delivers and act on her call to action. She delivers what many keynote speakers don't or can't deliver!"
- Corporate Director, Strategic Solutions at Compass Group, North America

"Thanks for the excellent presentations on “Whose Comfort Zone Are You In” and “Managing Change with A Positive Mindset.” I have received many positive comments on your workshop and the benefits received by the participants. The workshop did exactly what I had hoped – it gave our team leaders new perspective on this important topic and also created some on-going conversations as to how to apply these in the workplace. I truly appreciated your ability and your willingness to adjust your seminar to our dairy plant culture. Your efforts to become familiar with our company culture prior to the workshop, I feel, really paid off in achieving credibility with our audience. Thank you Marilyn for sharing your experience, knowledge and perspective with our employees and thank you for being such a phenomenal motivational speaker. Best wishes for your continued success and I am hoping to be able to schedule this on an annual basis."
​- Plant Manager, Meadow Gold Dairy

"Brinker International hired Marilyn to speak at one of our leadership conferences. Marilyn does an exceptional job capturing an audience and keeping her material relevant. Marilyn is a polished speaker who keeps her presentations fun and very interactive. I look forward to the opportunity to watch her present again!"

- Food Service Director, Central Market at HEB

"First experienced Marilyn at a National conference and she made such an impression, I knew we need her at our Regional conference so that her amazing message could be taken down to the next level. She is amazing and continues to network with folks to this day."

- Director ISU Dining, Iowa State University

"Marilyn spoke at the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers conference last year in Austin, Texas, and from the moment she started her presentation, it was as if someone had flipped an "energy" switch in the room. Her engaging personality and wonderful stories genuinely connected with the audience, and even though she was scheduled in a tough slot in the afternoon right after lunch, the attendees were listening closely and really paying attention. All in all, she was one of the best keynote speakers we have ever had."
- Director of Recruiting and Training, Ivar's Restaurants

"Talented speaker that will motivate and educate emerging leaders in foodservice on leadership and career goals."

- Brand Strategist Partner, Results Thru Strategy, Inc.

"Marilyn is one of those truly special, unique individuals that stands out because of her great ability to connect with and inspire others. I've known her for a few years and have had the pleasure of hearing her speak at SFM and WFF. It doesn't what matter what level you are, her message of getting out of your comfort zone and "in the front row" resonates...and she is genuinely interested in helping others both professionally and personally!"
- Director of Equipment Innovation, PepsiCo; SFM Board of Directors

"Marilyn was a speaker at one of our Society for Foodservice Management's annual conferences. At the time, I was on the board of directors, and therefore was part of the selection and approval process for speakers. She made a huge impression on the attendees, in a lively, spot-on presentation that really showed us how to go after what you want in unconventional but practical ways. Everyone was highly invigorated by her dynamic attitude and very refreshing way of looking at things. She has returned to subsequent conferences to keep the networking going!"
- President/COO, Cini-Little International

"I have known Marilyn Sherman for several years and first saw Marilyn's presentation at a Women's Foodservice Forum conference. Marilyn is highly engaging, motivating, and presents practical information in an energetic manner. Marilyn's presentations compell people to take action and move on items to get their lives and careers going! Marilyn's presentations would be an asset to any organization."
- Sr. Sales Manager, PepsiCo Foodservice

"Marilyn has worked we me several times at Kraft Foods. She is outstanding in Motivational Speaking and my team always gives her great reviews. She is personable and her content is always outstanding. I would recommend her highly for you to use for your business needs."
- Vice President National Accounts, Mondelez International

"Marilyn has a sparkling presence. She is full of positive energy. Her talks at the Women's Foodservice Forum annual conference are so popular and beloved that it's hard to get a seat. That's why they keep inviting her back year after year. She is a gifted speaker and storyteller who will make you laugh, make you think, and inspire you to take a front row seat in life."
- Restaurant Executive Recruiter, Vice President, Wray Executive Search

"Every time I sit in the FRONT ROW, I cannot help but think about the first time I saw Marilyn Sherman speak! Marilyn is the only speaker/educator to be invited back to the annual Women's Foodservice Forum national conference for many consecutive years "by popular demand." She understands her audience and talks from the heart with humor on issues that strengthen our leadership abilities. Marilyn tells personal and engaging stories that allow listeners to relate to the message being presented. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve success and celebrates even the slightest victories with us along the way. If you are even remotely considering hiring a speaker for your event, and Marilyn's name is on your list...HIRE HER! I guarantee you will be thrilled with the results."
- Foodservice Immersion, Chicago Faculty

"I was a speaker at an industry conference when I was first introduced to Marilyn. Unfortunately, I was presenting at the same time as Marilyn so I couldn't attend her presentation. However, everyone that had been to her presentation was so excited and motivated that I ended up purchasing all her books, some tapes and became a life long fan. I subsequently have attended any of her presentations I can. At the time I met Marilyn, I was just beginning my career. Her enthusiasm and confidence in my ability to choose the path to my goals really helped me be successful. I would highly recommend her as a keynote speaker, primarily because I have seen the excitement and motivation she imparts in her audiences."
- SuperStore Leader / Food Service Consultant, The Boelter Companies

"I have heard Marilyn speak at least three times and she is extremely engaging, enthusiastic, motivational, and very positive. Her topics and illustrations stick with you years after you have heard her speak. She relates to her audience as she speaks and can adapt to each situation quick well. Any company that hires Marilyn will be glad they did."

- Director of Field Sales, Schwan's Food Service

"I had the pleasure of attending Marilyn's session at the last WFF Conference. In fact, I started to hear the buzz about how great she was so I snuck out of the session I was schedule for (which breaks all the rules) and snuck into hers! I'm glad I did. Her presentation was fantastic but what stuck out to me the most was her authenticity. I'd hire to speak in a New York minute!"
- Co-Founder Chief Change Officer, BTC Revolutions

"Passion, purpose and added value is what comes to mind when I think of Marilyn. She is a gifted speaker that does her homework on her clients and then delivers with laser focus. She is as engaging a speaker as you can ever find and she is very funny! I would trust her with my grand kids and I am proud to recommend her. Marilyn is the real deal!"

- President of MFHA and Multicultural Advocate

"Marilyn came to our company retreat and offered a keynote address and several workshops. She absolutely rocked the house!! She is at once both entertaining and inspirational. "How to be a Food Service Fanatic" was, for me, a life altering message..."
- Director of Human Resources, Meriwether Godsey
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“I have been attended a variety of Marilyn Sherman’s presentations over the last several years. She is always refreshing and motivating! She does a great job of customizing her presentation to the audience and provides real life examples to make her points. She has made a concerted effort to become a food service fanatic herself! Marilyn doesn't just present; she gets her audiences up and moving and very much involved in the learning process. I always look forward to participating in her workshops and the follow-up sessions that she offers. Her books and CDs are wonderful reminders of her message and are done in true Marilyn Sherman style. Not only is Marilyn a great speaker, she’s a fantastic person to be around and she truly walks what she talks!”
- Training & Development Valley Services, Inc.


“Thank you so much for your participation at our RFMA convention. We had an overwhelming enthusiastic response to your presentation, “Communicating for Results: From Conflict to Cooperation”. You added an element of complete professionalism and experience to our overall education program. Your presentation fit right in with our theme “Building Success” as you helped the restaurant facility managers and vendor representatives who attended your session to build their own success through better communication skills. It was a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to welcoming you back to future RFMA events.”
- Managing Director Restaurant Facility Management Association

“Thank you so much for presenting to the McDonald’s Global Internal Audit department. We received wonderful feedback on both sessions: ‘Marilyn’s presentation was impressive’ ‘Wow – Marilyn has so much enthusiasm in her presentation skills that it’s contagious!’ ‘I was so empowered to take charge and change some things in my life’ ‘I found Marilyn’s presentation very interesting and alive. She is a great speaker, knows how to keep our focus and attention.’ ‘I absolutely loved the presentation!’ We hope to work with you again.”
- Internal Audit Manager McDonald's Corporation

“Just a note to thank you for your fine effort the other night at our annual meeting. Your presentation was dynamic, informative, and in talking to some of the managers afterwards, they all said they enjoyed it.”
- President/CEO (past) Rubios' Restaurants, Inc.

“Wow! Your were truly amazing at the SFM conference in Montreal. Your talk on getting a ‘Front-Row Seat in Life’ was right on target and so pertinent for our audience. I don’t recall any other SFM closing keynoter who received better reviews (or attendance) than you. Our members really connected with your message. Your presentation will go down in history as truly inspiring.”
- President (past) Society of Foodservice Management

“We had wonderful feedback on your presentation and really appreciate how easy it was to work with you. Thanks again for everything!”
- Associate Event Manager The Coca-Cola Company

“On behalf of Boston Market Corporation and our national catering sales team, I want to thank you for your outstanding motivational program “Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?” Your program was the highlight of our national sales meeting. Our team enjoyed your sense of humor and I heard many great comments: She was great…inspiring…that was awesome….and certainly motivating! I also appreciate how easy it was to work with you and your organization! Thank you for your professionalism; we were extremely pleased with your services. I would highly recommend you and your programs to anyone I know that is looking for a motivational speaker!”
- Director, Catering Sales Operations Boston Market Corporation

“Thank you for coming to speak at the Fuddruckers/Koo Koo Roo Convention. We received such positive feedback from our associates, franchisees, and vendors after your speaking engagement. Many expressed how much they enjoyed your message and the humor in which it was presented. Than you again for taking the time to be a part of our convention and contributing to our wonderful experience in Las Vegas.”
- Fuddruckers

“It was a pleasure to host Marilyn Sherman as our keynote speaker…her customized approach will pay dividends to our company for years to come. We recently booked her for a fourth engagement!”
- CEO, Chartwells

“You were a pleasure to work with from the early planning stages of the webinar all the way to the post webinar follow-up. The information is your speech and the additional reference material you provided were both fascinating and timely. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time with you. I look forward to working with you in the future.”
- Assistant Executive Director Society for Foodservice Management

“Marilyn – thank you for a fabulous workshop! We are very energized with tools to be successful in life, i.e. having a vision, overcoming obstacles (excuses) and having set goals.”
- Cunningham Ecolab's E3 Professional Development Day Team

“Marilyn Sherman has presented at the annual WFF Leadership Development Conference for more than 8 years. Her high-energy, motivational programs are packed to “standing–room-only” crowds. Marilyn’s programs are among the highest-rated by our attendees, and we are continuously fielding requests for Marilyn’s return year after year. I would strongly recommend Marilyn to any foodservice organization that wants to challenge their employees to “break out of their comfort zones and lead from the front row!!"
- Director of Professional Development Women’s Foodservice Forum

"We were hosting a regional conference of foodservice professionals and were seeking a guest speaker who could really motivate our conference attendees. Marilyn did exactly that, and then some! Marilyn was able to provide us with a road map that took our attendees out of their comfort zone and inspired them to reach for more in their career and their personal lives. Her presentation was inspiring and crucial to both individual and team success to members of our industry. We couldn't have asked for more in a guest speaker!"
- Union Drive Marketplace Manager, ISU Dining, Iowa State University

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"THANK YOU!! I can't even describe how much great feedback we received. I heard so many times that you were the best speaker we have had in the 7 years we have held Chairman's Council. I feel so grateful to have met you and had the chance to spend so much time with an equally positive person. These great people at RaceTrac mean so much to me and thank you for coming and filling them up!"
Executive Director of Human Resources, RaceTrac Petroleum


​​GOVERNMENT:
"I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a resounding THANK YOU for presenting at the 2013 Wisconsin Municipal Clerk’s Association Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To say you, and your presentation, were the highlight of our conference would be an understatement. Our attendees raved about you and how you energized them to go back to work and get out of their comfort zones! On a personal level, you have touched me in a profound way. When I first heard you speak at the IIMC Conference in Portland, Oregon I was rocked beyond words. You told about meeting a well-respected speaker and how you introduced yourself to him. After hearing your presentation, I knew I had to meet you and let you know how you touched me. I can remember walking up to the table where you were signing books, sitting with your husband, and being so nervous to say hello my knees were shaking. The warmth and caring you showed me has had a profound effect on me and my career. It is because of your inspiration that I am moving forward outside of my comfort zone to pursue my passion. You brought your enthusiasm, passion and vision to all the WMCA members in attendance at our conference and have left a lasting impression. I don’t know how you do it, but you made 300+ people reflect on who they are and the potential they have – and unleashed them back to their profession as Municipal Clerks with renewed vision and energy. Thank you so much for being a part of our conference and I can’t wait until I can be in the front row with you again!"
- WMCA Past President, Chair - Professional Education Committee, City Clerk/Treasurer of St. Francis, WI

"We had Marilyn Sherman as our Thursday Delegate Luncheon Keynote Speaker for the Texas Municipal League 101st Annual Conference and Exhibition, which was held in Austin, Texas in October 2013. Her Message "Why Settle for the Balcony? How to Get a Front Row Seat in Life" was that perfect blend of motivation, humor, and inspiration. Her presentation was informative, timely and relevant, while also being very entertaining. Marilyn was such a pleasure to work with not only during the conference, but also before and after. She was also extremely personable onsite and took the time to speak to many of our conference attendees after the event. She even posed for pictures with attendees.. they really enjoyed her and her wonderful personality. A big thanks to Marilyn for making our conference a success!"
- Conferences and Training Services Manager, Texas Municipal League​​

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