Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn connects with her audiences immediately and delivers content that they can immediately use when they get back to their office.

Marilyn's Bio

Marilyn Sherman has spent years motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. After starting her career in corporate America, she is now seen as the go-to motivational keynote speaker for corporate and association markets that want their people to improve their morale, teamwork, and communication skills and ultimately achieve more results. With her background as a training officer for a major finance company, Marilyn honed her skills to motivate audiences who are often hard to motivate. With her engaging, and fun personality, Marilyn connects with her audiences immediately and delivers content that they can immediately use when they get back to their office.

Marilyn is a graduate of Washington State University and after working for Chrysler First Financial Services, she was a contract speaker for one of the top seminar companies in the United States and Canada. She officially received road warrior status after delivering six-hour professional development seminars up to 5 cities a week up to three weeks a month for five years! In 1998, she went out on her own starting UpFront Presentations, a speaking and training company. She has served on the boards for the National Speakers Association Las Vegas and San Diego chapters. She also held national positions as the chair of the Motivational Speaker Professional Expert Group and headed up four labs that were conducted across the country.

In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Marilyn is also the author of three motivational books including “Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?” “Why Settle for the Balcony, how to get a Front-Row Seat in Life” and “Front-Row Service”. When not delivering upbeat motivating programs for audiences across the country, Marilyn accompanies her French husband Yves de Boisredon who takes people on fantasy wine experience trips to France.

Speaking Topics

  • Why Settle for the Balcony? How to get a Front-Row Seat in Life!

Overview: Life is short – live it in the front-row! This dynamic keynote inspires people to get out of the balcony of their life and go for that front-row seat! With so many things out of control these days Read More

  • 2. Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?

Overview: This keynote inspires people to recognize their vision, set goals, overcome obstacles and have a great attitude. Sometimes, people live in a comfort zone and don’t even realize it.  Read More

  • 3. Communicating for Results; From Conflict to Cooperation

Overview: This is a content filled program that provides tools to anyone who doesn’t like conflict or confrontation. Let’s face it; no one really likes conflict, which is why so many people avoid it. Read More

  • 4. Front-Row Service; How to be a Hospitality Fanatic!

This keynote helps anyone in the service industry to up their game when it comes to providing exceptional customer service to their customers and partners. I start by giving examples of what a hospitality fanatic  Read More

  • 5. Which V are You? Managing Change with a Positive Mindset

If your organization isn’t going through some sort of change now, it means one of two things. Either you have already gone through a change, or you are about to! I believe when people are asked to change; they become a Victim, a Vacationer or a Volunteer.


Here are just a few of Marylin's videos.

Live Life in the Front Row
Humor File

Books and Publications

Whose Comfort Zone Are You?

Front Row Service

Success Strategies That Work

Communication Skills That Work



“Your talk was inspiring to all of us and we truly learned and relearned some key insights from you”.
—Don Knauss, President & COO of Coca-Cola

"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

"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."
—Sally Foong
Cunningham Ecolab's E3 Professional Development Day Team

"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."
—Vincenzo Nelli
Assistant Executive Director
 Society for Foodservice Management

"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!"
—Steven M. Sweeney

CEO, Chartwells

"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."
—Jennifer Lewis

"On behalf of Boston Market Corporation and our national catering sales team, I want to thank you for your outstanding motivational program "Whose Comfo rt 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! "
—Jackie Swift
Director, Catering Sales Operations
 Boston Market Corporation

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

"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."
—Sally Minier
President (past)
Society of Foodservice Management

"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."
—Ralph Rubio
President/CEO (past)
Rubios' Restaurants, Inc.

"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."
—Amy Jones
Internal Audit Manager 
McDonald's Corporation

"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."
—Tracy Tomson
Managing Director
 Restaurant Facility Management Association

"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!"
—Sara Jane Hope
VP, Training & Development
 Valley Services, Inc.

“Marilyn connected with the audience in a way that I haven’t seen with many keynote speakers. She did the necessary research to link her knowledge of our industry, our business issues and the topic of change together. Her presentation was not only informative, but was presented in a way that was inspiring. I would recommend Marilyn without hesitation.”
—Brandy Sanders
Senior Vice President HR US Foods

“Thank you for delivering excellent keynotes at all four of our Leading Real Estate Companies of the World fall workshops. You are a truly gifted storyteller who uses personal experiences to set the stage or drive home important messages about being accountable for your own success. Your programs were motivational, funny and very well received.”
—Cecelia Chott
Executive Director Programming Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

“Thank you Marilyn for your time, energy, and most importantly, sharing what you love with us! Some comments: “I really came away thinking about my work differently, I want to be as effective as I can be. The keynote speaker and the personal accountability to be a better, more highly effective leader was excellent!’ Thank you again Marilyn for inspiring others to be better than they were yesterday!”
—Melinda Altamirano
Regional Director Starbucks Coffee Company

“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 storytelling, 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.”
—Rosemary Phillips
SPHR SVP Human Resources Balfour Beatty Capital Group, Inc.

As a photograher, 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 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 there to offer? If it offers a 360 lifetime positive thinking why pass it and won't give it a shot? One, two, three shots? I would do it for more shots if necessary! It could possibly 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.
—Sofia Imagery

Booking Info

Booking Marilyn Sherman for your event is easy. Here is the information you need to know:

Booking Fees

Speaking Fee Range
* $10,000 to $15,000 (U.S. only)
* $15,000 to $10,000 (Canada and Mexico)
* $22,500 to $20,000 (South America)
* $25,000 to $20,000 (Europe)
* $25,000 to $20,000 (Asia, Australia, and Africa)


* Travel from McCarren Airport, Las Vegas


To check on Marilyn Sherman's availability for your event, please call Jaki Baskow at 702.547.5101 or send an email to info@lasvegasspeakersbureau.


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