Marilyn Paul, author of An Oasis in Time: How A Day of Rest Can Save Your Life, offers talks and keynote speeches and presentations to faith based organizations, businesses, non-profits and health institutions about the many ways of building “pause” time every week. Her talks and keynotes include personal anecdotes that are universally appealing. Over the course of her presentations audience members increasingly come to understand that pausing is key to the good life, to health and to productivity. Drawing on her background as an organizational change specialist, Marilyn enables her audiences to discover the vital importance of renewed perspective and creativity that comes with the rhythm of rest and productivity.

Sample Speaking Topics

  • Creating Your Oasis in Time
  • The Power of Stopping
  • Managing Sacred Time: Oxymoron or Necessity?
  • Overcoming Organizational Overload
  • Is Moving Too Fast Slowing You Down
  • Creating Time and Space in Our Hurried Lives


Marilyn Paul is that rare recipe that defines a gifted public speaker: wisdom, clarity, warmth, and humor. Through the blessings of her teaching, seasoned with sacred sources and real life experiences, she invites us to join a conversation with the world around us, a world in need of renewal. More than simply the eloquence of Marilyn’s expression, the grace of her words transforms reader into friend with every turned page.

-Rabbi Menachem Creditor, author of And Yet We Love: Poems

“It was such a pleasure to have Marilyn as a keynote at our annual learning conference. Her presence, message, humbleness and wonderful humor — all wrapped together was just outstanding.”

―Pamela McLean, Ph. D, The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara

“Huge thanks to Marilyn for an outstanding presentation on Executive Time Management, Mastering Workload, Energy and Priorities. It was ideal for our audience. They thoroughly enjoyed the content and found it to be very informative and useful. Everyone appreciated her fine wit and wisdom. Again, thanks for an excellent program!”

―Debra Abeshaus, Director of Women in Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University

“I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Marilyn as the leader of a daylong workshop for clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Marilyn was a smash hit. She offered us not just techniques, handouts, and exercises for getting a hold on lives that seem out of control, but also a deeply spiritual approach to life that must undergird any serious attempt at change. She did this with a wonderful, down-to-earth sense of humor that comes with really knowing your stuff.”

―Rev. Nicholas M. Morris-Kliment, Associate Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church

“I can’t get over the large number of people who thanked us for having Marilyn as a speaker, they loved the empathy, humor and hope. People walked away satisfied and energized. She wowed them.”

―Deborah Lapides, Co-President Bridge School PTA, Lexington, MA

“The workshop Marilyn presented at the Massachusetts Conference for Women was an incredible success! The attendees raved about the valuable takeaways she provided as well as her down-to-earth and humorous presentation style. Because Marilyn incorporated real life, personal examples in her workshop, the attendees identified with her and felt empowered to make change in their lives.”

―Jennifer DeVan Troutman, Program Director, MA Conference for Women

“Marilyn Paul is one of our go-to presenters on topics related to organizational learning. She has a unique ability to get to the root causes of daunting, persistent business and individual challenges. Through her engaging presentation style and rich examples, she helps people transform their beliefs, their practices, and their processes.”

―Janice Molloy, Content Director, Pegasus Communications

“Here’s the reality of my life, seven months after the workshop with Marilyn, I still make false starts in the morning, forgetting things I need. I spend too much time reading and responding to emails at work. I leave later than I hoped. But I begin each day with a much clearer sense of what I need to do, and often I do it. I think and plan through the week ahead, and so feel more centered and less reactive to the days as they unfold, even though I sometimes (often) end up doing things that I hadn’t anticipated, because that’s the reality of our work.”

―John P. Streit, Jr. Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul

“Marilyn Paul’s presentation was outstanding! Her material is new, creative and very interesting. We were thrilled with her presentation.”

―Valerie Sullivan, Director/Team Leader, Local Market Team, Pfizer, Inc.

Marilyn Paul’s insightful presentation was a hit! We thoroughly enjoyed Marilyn’s cutting-edge, meaningful content and her dynamic personality. She is an inspiration to the art of organization.

―Executive Director, Leadership Institute in San Diego

Selected Venues

Alberta Guidance Counsel, Alberta, Canada
Massachusetts Women’s Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
Bryant University, Women in Leadership, Smithfield, Rhode Island
Center for Management Research, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Conference Board of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
Hadassah, Lexington & Belmont, Massachusetts
Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
National Surgeons Convention
Jobs for the Future, Boston, Massachusetts
Pegasus Communications Systems Thinking in Action Conference, Orlando, Florida; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington
Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Episcopal Clergy Association, Massachusetts
Pfizer Pharmaceutical, New York, New York
Brown University Medical Women, Providence, Rhode Island
New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., Boston, Massachusetts