A “Brilliant” Success!

On March 7th, 100 attendees learned how to uncover their Brilliance and Resilience with Mary Fran Bontempo and Kristin Smedley as they presented BRILLIANTLY RESILIENT LIVE!!!!

Now, Mary Fran and Kristin host the online show, Brilliantly Resilient LIVE! as well as the Brilliantly Resilient podcast! Visit www.brilliantlyresilient.net to learn more!

Brilliantly Resilient LIVE!

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The 15 Minute Master

How to Make Everything Better 15 Minutes at a Time

15 Minutes | 3 Questions | 1 Action Step



How do you cope when you wake up one day and learn that your son is a heroin addict? No one is immune to crisis, regardless of the details. Yet even without challenges, everyday life can push us to the edge. During my crisis, a simple, effective system evolved, one that worked for everything, and still does. Join me as we laugh, learn, and make life better with The 15 Minute Master—15 Minutes at a time!

What They’re Saying About Mary Fran…

As a Human Resources leader for an emergency medicine company I always try to coordinate Lunch and Learn sessions to enrich the lives of our employees both personally and professionally to take a break from their fast paced roles. Mary Fran was such a breath of fresh air and her delivery was engaging and her points were right on the money. I began the presentation feeling anxious and stressed from my day and I left feeling excited and empowered. I can always tell how much my team enjoyed the presentation by the chatter afterward and I can tell you a week later people are still raving that it was one of the best, most enjoyable presentations we’ve ever had! I’d recommend Mary Fran to anyone, and she’s excellent in a corporate setting!

– Emily Kohler Marbot, Regional H.R. Manager, EmCare Physician Services

I asked Mary Fran to do a presentation for a women’s group at my company and we had a great event and experience from beginning to end. She was extremely professional, very responsive and truly excited to speak at our event. Mary Fran is very passionate about coaching people (especially women) and gives them specific tools to bolster their confidence and attitude. She was a great presenter and engaged the audience throughout her presentation with down-to-earth life examples that everyone can relate to. A great event and a great experience!

Monica Istvan, HR Manager, Americas, CRC Industries

Mary Fran knows her audience and delivers a message that entertains, educates and inspires women to make small changes in their routines that lead to significant improvements in their lives. Funny and practical, Mary Fran speaks from experience and engages the crowd to go on a journey of self-discovery full of laughter and free of pain. You’ll enjoy yourself and see your world a little differently!”

– Maria Martino Evans, Martino Evans Communications

Mary Fran was wonderful with our teens at our Teen Leadership Workshop! She so thoughtfully connected with them in a way that made their opinions feel valued while sharing her own experiences and situations. The girls all left having a new sense of confidence about ways to handle particular situations while feeling good about themselves. What an empowering woman to make so many young girls feel like they have control in their lives in areas they might not have before!

— Leslie Conway, Founder, Inspiring Teens Magazine

Mary Fran Bontempo is very much in tune with who we are as women. Her presentation is a humorous yet honest look at ourselves as nurturers and caregivers. She shows us how in our strive for perfection we are our own worst enemy, and gives us permission to free ourselves from a self-imposed sentence of ‘doing everything for everyone else we love.’ Prepare for an evening to be enlightened, entertained, and to have a renewed sense of appreciation for your inner ‘you’.

– Sue Price, President, Soroptimist International of Indian Rock

I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Mary Fran Bontempo for my radio show, ‘Women to Watch.’ Not only is she authentic, but she is delivering a message to women that is inspiring, relevant and full of the kind of humor we all need in this ever changing world. None of us are spared from challenges in life and Mary Fran has made it her mission to help guide us “ladies” through these times with grace and humor in order to find the joy! It is the kind of reminder that keeps us focused on what really matters and pulls us back in when life becomes a scary place. I would highly recommend Mary Fran as a speaker, writer or even a “go to” woman for anyone looking to regain some perspective in order to see the joy that life has to offer!

– Susan Rocco, Founder/Host, Women to Watch

Mary Fran is inspiring, thought provoking, witty, and delightfully funny. She uses her own life experiences to guide her audience down a path of thinking beyond any situation they might be experiencing. She inspires her audiences to remove the dirty words that cause self-doubt from their vocabulary, and inspires people to believe they can handle the obstacles life throws their way. After hearing Mary Fran speak a person feels as though they have the power to be a modern day super hero. She uses humor to truly motivate people to believe that change is not all bad, that saying NO can be beneficial, especially for the one saying it, and that through both, one can live a happy positive, successful life. After listening to Mary Fran speak, I recommend her as a motivational speaker to any professional, or socially based, organization.

-Robyn Graham, Robyn Graham Photography

Mary Fran Bontempo is a breath of fresh air! Whether it’s her fun and thoughtful writing or her compelling speeches, Mary Fran leaves you with much to contemplate. Insightful and humorous all in one, Mary Fran helps the middle age woman navigate the path to finding or reclaiming her voice. Mary Fran has a finely tuned awareness of the emotional challenges women encounter. I highly recommend her book, ‘Not Ready for Granny Panties,’ or hiring her as a wonderful, dynamic keynote speaker!

– Ellen Faulkner, The Bucks County Psychotherapy Group

Mary Fran Bontempo is a delight to work with on every level. First and foremost, she is the ultimate professional. She meets deadlines, and her work is always top-notch in content and quality. Her column with Women’s Voices Magazine is consistently one of the most viewed, and I know the readers enjoy her thoughtful writing style. Her work puts a smile on your face and you understand immediately why Mary Fran is an award winning humorist. In addition, she has a supportive and lovely personality. She is quick to offer encouragement to others and is a team player who has added to the growth and success of the company. Women’s Voices Magazine would not be the same without Mary Fran’s participation and outstanding work. I highly recommend Mary Fran as a positive factor for any company or project to be lucky enough to have.

– Brenda Krueger Huffman
Executive Editor of Women’s Voices Magazine

Mary Fran commands the attention of her audience with relatable stories and self-deprecating humor. Extremely comfortable on stage, she keeps everyone laughing throughout her presentation. Mary Fran inspires and encourages women to improve their lives to work less, enjoy more, and take better care of themselves. Her life lessons, or commandments, are based on her entertaining book “Not Ready for Granny Panties.” A petite woman who packs a big fun punch–your audience won’t be disappointed!

– Jamie Broderick, JamieBroderick.com

Mary Fran was on my show “The Wellness Journey-Live!” recently and she was awesome. Her style of taking something that most Women don’t want to talk about (aging) and putting in a way that anyone can relate to is refreshing. Mary Fran’s sense of humor is contagious and her ability to connect to her audience is wonderful. It is rare to find someone who makes you feel like you have known her for a long time. Mary Fran has that gift. She pulls you in with her sense of humor and her ability to share stories that really help women to receive her message of self-love and renewal of spirit. Mary Fran is a great author, speaker, talk show guest, and most importantly a great person. I highly recommend her for ANYTHING she chooses to pursue.

– Lynnis Woods-Mullins
Talk Show Host “The Wellness Journey! LIVE”

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative, Engaging and inspirational are words that immediately come to me when I think of Mary Fran Bontempo. Mary Fran recently spoke at a fundraiser for Sisters U and challenged her listeners to lighten up, live better and to get more comfortable pushing out of their comfort zones. Mary Fran’s presentation was powerful and effective and funny! After she spoke, I received so many requests to hear her again and to be informed of her speaking agenda. Even more, Mary Fran lives what she teaches. Things were not as promised when Mary Fran arrived to do her presentation. Yet she was gracious, positive and didn’t miss a beat. I look forward to working with Mary Fran in the future. She is a gem and a true advocate of the empowerment of women.

– Karen Chellew, President, Sisters U

I had the opportunity to hear Mary Fran at a large networking luncheon. While I am not one to typically “hang around” after a speaking engagement is over, I knew I had to speak with her. I simply wanted more of what she offered and wanted eagerly to bring her enthusiasm and spirit to CBIZ’s Women’s Advantage Group. And that she did – she was the talk of our office for days! She is fun, relatable and her message intertwines both your professional and personal life. If you are looking for a speaker who delivers a highly original, entertaining, and inspiring take on life and the lemons it may hand to us at times, please book Mary Fran. I promise that like me, you too will want to hang around afterwards!

– Megan O’Drain, Marketing Manager, CBIZ INC.

Mary Fran is a dynamite, motivational speaker! She shares her heart in an authentic and genuine manner. Her powerful action ideas give you the empowerment and courage to take the next step in life. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear Mary Fran!

– Melanie Stewart, Penn Suburban Women’s Network

Mary Fran Bontempo was an integral part of our first #GNPCC #WIBCphl, Women In Business Conference! An inspiration for all lucky enough to attend her session “I’m 50, Now What?”. Women and men from all over the business communities we serve enjoyed her enthusiasm, humor and truth in today’s challenging times. If you have the need for a speaker, look no further!!! Mary Fran was one of the first people we asked back for our 2018 conference!

– Teri Grumbrecht, Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Find Your Brilliance and Resilience with Mary Fran!

Funny Motivational Speaker!

Our self-talk is our most powerful influence, mainly because it never shuts up! It can lift us up or bring us to our knees, sometimes within minutes.  Mary Fran Bontempo proves that your self-talk is where your life starts, teaching audiences to uncover their brilliance and resilience to make small changes yielding life-changing results.

A 2x TEDx speaker, author of The 15 Minute Master, The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and a founder and host of the podcast, 4 Chicks Chatting, Mary Fran is also a Huffington Post and Thrive Global contributor and a syndicated online columnist. She has been honored as a Woman Who Makes a Difference by the YWCA, and has received awards from the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and Humor Press, among others.

Perfect for corporate and association platforms alike, audiences delight in Mary Fran’s funny, motivational and empowering message, also shared through frequent media appearances. Mary Fran also works with groups and individuals in numerous ways–see the “Work with Mary Fran” page for more. Contact Mary Fran to transform you and your organization with practical, inspirational wisdom and wit today!

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