Have Marlys Speak at Your Event
An award-winning author and motivational speaker, Marlys Johnson Lawry is available to speak at your next event. Inspired by the wilderness journey she navigated with her first husband and then taking a risk at later-in-life love, Marlys speaks on how to rebuild a life when loss impacts us.
What you can expect from me
✓ Prompt responses to your email and phone calls
✓ A pre-event phone call to clarify what you expect of me
✓ A blurb about your event on my blog (if the event is open to the public)
✓ A professional presentation designed to fit your needs, including a “call to action” hand-out, as appropriate
✓ Post-event communication for any feedback you might have to offer
A little about my experience
A member of Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), I have more than 10 years speaking experience and have been interviewed for local and national radio, TV, podcast, magazine, and newsprint.
After 6 years of widowhood, I married a cancer widower — a kind and thoughtful man who supports my writing and speaking. Between the two of us, we have 9 adult children and children-in-law, and 9 grandchildren. We make our home in Bend, Oregon, and our spare time is spent hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, and playing with the grands.
Listed are some of the most-requested topics. I can also tailor my presentation to fit the theme of your event:
✓ Living forward after loss. How and why we should recruit a team for living forward with and beyond adversity: Good nutrition, increased physical activity, stress management, gratitude, getting plugged into community, and finding ways to give back.
✓ Effective tips for caregivers: The importance of self-care, attitude management, and making positive choices for quality of life.
✓ How to recognize fear and knock down the protective brick walls we construct around our hearts after failure, rejection, or loss. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
✓ Embracing new purpose. An assortment of choices we can make for rebuilding a life when loss impacts us. What if we could love our new purpose just as much as the old one we didn’t want to lose?
Previous speaking venues
I have presented to a variety of audiences at university cancer centers, to nursing and college students, and to the healthcare professionals. Here is a sampling of previous speaking venues:
• National Cancer Institute – Bethesda, MD
• California Nursing Students Association State Convention – Ontario, CA
• Legacy Women’s Conference – Boise, ID
• Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club – Jackson, WY
• The Stupid Cancer Show – New York, NY
• Princeton Alliance Church – Princeton, NJ
• Univ of WA Fred Hutchison Cancer Center – Seattle, WA
• Upper Vermont “Man to Man” event – Montpelier, VT
• “A Day of Encounter” Women’s Event – Redding, CA
• University of South Florida Moffitt Cancer Center – Tampa, FL