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Mary Fran Bontempo is a 2-time TEDx speaker, author, humorist and podcast host who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence—Self-Talk—to uncover their brilliance and resilience. A sought- after speaker and presenter for corporate and association seminars, workshops, conferences and events, Mary Fran is author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty WordsNot Ready for Granny Panties, and the soon to be released The 15 Minute Master. Mary Fran has also written for multiple online platforms, including The Huffington Post and Thrive Global. She is co-founder of the podcast, 4 Chicks Chatting.

After years as owner of a full-service recruiting firm and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with a heroin addiction—Mary Fran created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring multiple books and developing a life-affirming brand full of practical wisdom and wit. Mary Fran proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world. A frequent media guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message. Find her at maryfranbontempo.com.

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Featured Speaker

TEDx Lehigh U
TEDx Loyola University
Arcadia University
Atlanta’s Audio Dust Jacket Radio
Bank of America
Be the Talk Podcast Radio
BEN FM Philadelphia Radio
Blog Talk Radio
Bucks County Community College
CBIZ, Inc.
Delaware Valley College
EmCare Physician Services
EOFire Podcast with John Lee Dumas
First Presbyterian Church of Ambler
GNPCC Women in Business Conference
Lessons in Joyful Living Radio
Mercer County College
Montgomery County Community College
NATCAP Society of Government Meeting Professionals
NJ Assoc. of School Librarians
Pearl Buck International
Penn Suburban Women’s Network
Polka Dot Powerhouse
Power Your Potential Conference
Sisters U
Soroptimist International
Society of Professional Women
Temple University
The Big Talk Podcast
The Creative Giant Show
The Great Girlfriends Podcast
The O’Connor Group
The Sophia Group
The Wellness Journey Radio
Victorious Women Gala
Voice of Business Radio
Women’s Business Forum
Women of Willow Grove
Women to Watch Media
Women’s Summit on Entrepreneurship
WWDB-AM Philadelphia
Among Others

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Corporate Events
Women’s Programs
General Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Small Business Meetings
Non-Profit Events

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Corporate, Association & Group Programs

Recommended for business organizations, women’s groups, health conferences, book clubs and conferences on aging. (All content is available in presentation, workshop, lunch and learn, and breakout session formats and is customized to your group demographic.)

Leadership and Your Inner Monologue: Tackling the Critic One Word at a Time

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. Self-talk can sabotage or save, and what it does is up to us.

Our inner critic has a big voice, but its foundation is in the individual words that guide our thoughts and actions. We must intentionally tackle our self-talk, redefining ourselves based on who we want to be, breaking sometimes decades-old patterns and habits, thus allowing us to live life with intention, power and joy.

In this powerful and entertaining program, attendees will learn to move through life’s transitions and challenges with intention and purpose, discovering the following take-aways:

  • Why we are all “change experts”
  • How fear and ignorance are positive forces
  • How to embrace the word “fine”
  • How “losing control” creates paths for growth
  • How to manage the “B” word—Balance

The 15 Minute Master

How do you cope when you wake up one day and learn that your son is a heroin addict? That’s what happened to me on Mother’s Day of 2010.

That knowledge changed everything, immersing my family in a years-long nightmare. Eventually. I learned to survive my son’s addiction by taking life 15 minutes at a time. A system evolved which not only worked for life with an addict, it worked for professional and personal challenges beyond that crisis.

Based on the new book, The 15 Minute Master, this empowering program teaches audiences how to bring focus and clarity to issues using 15 minutes, 3 questions and one action step, creating a specific, simple action plan to tackle problems, conflicts and responsibilities, leading to increased productivity, success and happiness, while accomplishing more and finding balance in every day. Attendees will discover the following take-aways:

  • The benefits of intense, intentional focus
  • How to break down issues using three specific questions
  • How to determine if action is possible and advisable
  • How to build an action plan
  • How to dramatically improve productivity and success 15 minutes at a time

Ending Our Addiction to Awesome (Based on TEDx Lehigh presentation.)

Incredible. Amazing. Unbelievable. And the ubiquitous AWESOME! Superlatives are the most over-used words in the English language, yet if we’re not describing something as amazing or awesome, it has no value. Our addiction to superlatives is making us sick, frustrated and depressed, keeping us in an ever-present state of fear of failure.

Yet everything is not awesome, including us. Releasing ourselves from the need to be awesome at everything frees us to work our brilliance, excelling where we are meant to, building on our strong suits and encouraging us to work with others who complement our own strengths and weaknesses.

In this liberating and entertaining program, attendees learn the value of accepting and embracing “less than perfect” while discovering the following take-aways:

  • How to determine the true meaning of “Awesome.”
  • How continuous striving for superlatives diminishes productivity.
  • That “Fine” is an acceptable result.
  • How accepting weaknesses leads to developing strengths and resilience.
  • How releasing superlatives helps define brilliance.

Drop the Rock (Based on TEDx Loyola–The Power of Giving it Up.)

What are you carrying around? Does it belong to you? Is it heavy? If you put it down, what will happen? Sometimes, the best way to be productive is to lose control. Find out how dropping the rock and surrendering to your loss of control allows you to accomplish more, leading to surprising opportunities.

Recognizing when to act, or often more important, when not to, leads to greater clarity of intention, goal setting and productivity, letting you focus on when or if you have the power to affect change.

Once action is implemented, releasing attachment to outcomes allows for greater focus on current tasks as well as new opportunities.

In this enlightening program, attendees will discover the value of “surrender,” learning to let go of outcomes and experiencing the following take-aways:

  • How to identify their own “rocks”
  • The value of giving “it” up
  • How to determine when, or if, to act
  • How to detach from outcomes
  • How to find opportunity in surrender
  • The power of “That’s not my problem.”

The Power of Reinvention

Occasionally, life throws a curve ball. Whether it’s a job loss, a troubled child, an empty nest, or just the need for a change, reinvention is a necessity—and a game changer. But how do we learn to start anew?

Sometimes, the mere thought of starting over is enough to bring on a panic attack. Yet reinvention need not be terrifying. Everyone has skills and strengths developed thus far which are useful in many careers and life paths.

In this informative and lively program, attendees learn how to let go, use what they know, embrace fear and utilize the power of reinvention through challenging times and beyond. Attendees will discover the following take-aways:

  • How to make Reinvention happen in small steps.
  • How Prior skills and knowledge aid in tackling life changes.
  • How Fear can be motivator and friend.
  • How being “conspicuous” can highlight your identity.
  • How doing the “wrong thing” leads to reinvention.

Surviving Addiction 

No one can prepare you for life with an addict. You are terrified, confused and frequently hopeless. You’re also collateral damage in the war your loved one has decided to wage on him/herself. But the addict’s story isn’t YOUR story.

We all want to save our addicted loved ones, but sometimes, the most we can do is save ourselves, and keep others from drowning in the whirlpool of the addict’s nightmare. Learning how to survive your loved one’s addiction and salvage your own story is not only possible, but necessary for you and all those you love, including the addict.

In this powerful, moving and enlightening program, Mary Fran shares her personal story of life during her son’s active heroin addiction, along with the strategies that helped her cope, survive and eventually thrive, while still loving her child, protecting her family, and living life 15 minutes at a time.

Student and Teen Programs

(Content can be altered to suit group demographic)

Finding Yourself in a Noisy World

Today’s students are under assault. Whether it’s the media, technology or their own peers, the pressure to be what everyone else wants is unrelenting. In this humor-filled program, students learn how to:

  • “Ignore More” and know when and why to unplug from technology
  • “Be Conspicuous” and decide who they are and want to be
  • “Scare Thyself” and discover how pushing through fear leads to confidence and opportunity