KEYNOTE: In this experiential keynote two-time Olympian Marilyn King will show participants how to apply the principles of Olympian Thinking™ to their personal and professional lives. Through inspiring stories combined with practical applications, exercises and activities attendees learn step-by-step how to develop the daily habits that invariably lead to exceptional performance.
 
Through a series of exercises and conversation, Marilyn will help you discover the three essential traits of every high achiever—and how you can align these to access high levels of energy and creativity; the four ways mental images impact your health, your performance and your future; the truth about willpower and discipline - why they are NOT necessary - or even desirable - for sustained peak performance; how to practice using "The Olympic Minute" to dramatically increase effective daily action; and the importance of enlisting training partners and coaches as part of their high performance team.

WACM: What do you think is the 'secret to success' for taking a bold idea and turning it into reality?
M: Trust yourself and when some people say you are crazy, spend time with other activists.

WACM: What is one piece of advice you would like to pass on to young female entrepreneurs or aspiring community leaders trying to start out today?
M: Stay connected to others who are up to something meaningful.

WACM: Thinking about your career, your community, and your country, what is your vision for the future at these three different scales?
M: The ML King vision that "people everywhere have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds freedom and dignity for their spirits."

BIO: Marilyn King is a two-time Olympian in the five event Pentathlon. Her 20-year athletic career includes five national titles and a World Record.  An automobile accident in 1979 rendered her unable to train physically for her third Olympic Team.  Using only mental training techniques she placed second at the Olympic trials for the 1980 Moscow Games.
This extraordinary experience and resulting research led to a 35-year career as an expert in the field of exceptional human performance. Her work focuses on systemic change in the areas of business, education and peace.
Marilyn’s participation in an international, five- year business think tank led to a career conducting programs for senior executives with global responsibilities at Fortune 500 companies. Her corporate clients include: AT&T, IBM, Ikea, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Starbucks and Wells Fargo.
Marilyn has also presented at over 200 national and international education conferences with academicians and researchers who are designing the schools of the future. Her most pioneering work, a joint Russian-American venture called “The Peace Team” resulted in two opportunities to speak at the United Nations and an invitation to create a U.N. sub-committee on the role of sport in peace building.