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Are you looking for an engaging female motivational speaker
for your next conference or event?


Dr. Marilou Ryder is an interactive female motivational speaker, business strategy coach, and best-selling author of DON'T FORGET YOUR LIPSTICK, GIRL and SUPER POWER TIPS. She is passionate about helping women and girls live more fulfilling lives through gaining self-confidence, improving communication, and BEING YOUR BEST SELF ON A GOOD DAY!  Jessica Thompson is an advocate for females and is an excellent speaker for your clubs, podcasts, and charity events. Together, Marilou and Jessica deliver high-powered and entertaining presentations on aging, women's personal power, and workshops for teen girls on developing advocacy and self-esteem. 



The Make it or Break it Factor for Moving Ahead in Your Career

You’re smart! You’re educated!  Your resume is packed with stunning accomplishments.  Then why aren’t you getting ahead in your career? Chances are you may need to hone in on personal traits to enhance your confidence and power in the workplace. In an increasingly diverse workplace where looks and degrees are no longer “everything” what does it take to create a commanding presence in the workplace?  The right clothes, a firm handshake, an impressive degree? These all matter but they don’t tell the whole story.  This workshop will share research-based tools to help you live the life you truly deserve.

The need to be liked, to please everyone, and serve others, and make peace has been drilled into us since birth. 


Participants will familiarize themselves with qualities of executive presence and manage practical tools to increase their executive presence.


  • Explore why developing good executive presence matters

  • Discover how developing executive presence can impact career advancement

  • Identify traits that professionals with strong executive presence display  

  • Learn tools to increase professional executive presence

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Among Fortune 500 companies, women make up about 15 percent of female executive officers and the percentage of women in Congress has been stuck at around 20 percent for almost a decade.  Despite the progress that has been made to promote gender equality in the workplace, women continue to face glass ceilings, glass cliffs, glass escalators and glass walls preventing them access to top positions of leadership. Dr. Marilou Ryder will share research dedicated to navigating gender differences between men and women.  

This engaging and entertaining workshop will focus on practical strategies women can immediately use to address gender differences and ultimately increase their viability at work and home.

Participants will:

  • Explore researched-based gender differences

  • Examine the brief history of women at work from 1850-2013

  • Demystify common stereotypes and realities that characterize men and women

  • Capitalize on  strategies to navigate the culture clash between men and women

  • Gain new communication tactics to avoid conflict between men and women


Do you continue to apply for jobs and not receive interviews?  Does your resume stand out in the crowd?  Are you tired of being complimented for coming in second?   Are you prepared to answer the wide range of questions asked in an interview?  This engaging workshop will address these questions and more! Dr. Marilou Ryder will share Insider Tips and Trade Secrets to enable you to level the playing field and maximize your potential as you move up the educational leadership career ladder. 


Learn how to navigate the job-seeking process with increased effectiveness within the context of four major areas:

  1. PLANNING: Developing the Game Plan

  2. PACKAGING: The Art of Self-Promotion

  3. PREPARING:  Practice Makes Perfect

  4. PERSEVERING: Crossing the Finish Line

Participants will learn:

  • How to strategically plan for their next career move.

  • How to design resumes that stand out in the crowd.

  • How to position themselves in the marketplace.

  • How to prepare for the high-stakes interview.

  • How to persevere when the going gets tough.

This presentation can be a one hour seminar or a half or full day symposium with hands on training. 


Do you want to move ahead in your career but fear the job interview?  Are you tired of being complimented for coming in second?   Are you prepared to answer the wide range of questions asked in an interview?  This engaging workshop will address these questions and more! Dr. Marilou Ryder, author of Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership (Delmar Publishing) will share insider tips and smart strategies to enable you to excel during your next job interview.  Learn how to craft powerful interview scrimmage notes and gain smart habits in preparation for the high stakes interview process.  Gain confidence as you prepare in advance for an important career advancement opportunity.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop scrimmage notes in preparation for the wide range of questions asked.

  • Establish smart habits before and after the interview.

  • Look inward to gain interview confidence.

  • Practice answering high stakes interview questions.


Whether you are trying to ace a job interview or pitch a new program for your school district it is critical to have a positive brand.  Professional branding communicates the essence of who you are in the workplace and reflects your professional reputation.  In the digital age, professional branding has never been more important. Dr. Marilou Ryder, author of Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership and 92 Tips from the Trenches: How to Stay in the Game as an Educational Leader (Delmar Publishing) will help you identify your brand, provide you with highly effective branding strategies and discuss common pitfalls to avoid in your pursuit of a sustainable brand.


Attendees will:

Identify their core values and what they stand for.

Explore common branding pitfalls.

Walk away armed with the ability to position their value…not just their resume.

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