Speaking Topics

As a keynote speaker, Ms. Syms speaks to corporations, professional associations, and colleges and has appeared before such organizations as the Committee of 200, Cornell University, The Family Business Institute, NAFE, the Newspaper Association of America, Directors & Boards/Family Business Magazine and many others.

Tenacious, passionate, and creative, Marcy brings a unique perspective to her audiences and is changing the conversation. Drawing lessons from her own extensive career experience, Marcy Syms has much to say about boards; from how to set the right tone for management, to helping mitigate crisis risk, and creating resiliency among successful directors and corporations.

Colleagues and clients have always come to Marcy for direction, and insight. Marcy Syms always brings a different dimension to the table and in engaging in conversation about educating the next generation of business leaders.

Family Business

From business and family governance to philanthropy, there are a host of issues that need to be addressed to help a family business of any size thrive. Having spent most of my professional career in a family business building it from the ground floor up, I offer counsel to family businesses to help address the challenges from defining the individual roles of family members to incorporating best practice.

Succession Planning

Rife with emotional discomfort, succession planning in family and private business is often times left to the last minute. Succession planning is a delicate issue than needs to be addressed in a timely manner to insure a smooth transition from one generation to the next, or from one CEO’s leadership to his or her successor.

Public Companies

Succession planning for the C-Suite or senior executives requires preparation, communication and a framework to break the process down into manageable stages for the board, top managers, stakeholders and shareholders.

Social Entrepreneur

I enjoy working with not for profit organizations especially in their infancy, when they are identifying where they want to focus their philanthropic efforts and how they will measure their success. As the not for profit sector expands, they need to learn how to partner with government and for profit enterprises to insure the best possible outcome for the constituencies.


  • Understanding Your Audience:
    Shaping the Conversation
  • Staying Relevant When the Conversation Has Changed
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Handling Conflict
  • Board Meetings
  • Women in Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consumerism
  • Family Business:
    Checklists and Guidposts
  • Keys to Successful Management
  • Retail in the Year 2000 and Beyond
  • Crisis Management
  • Mitigating Crisis Risk
  • Women in Business in the 21st Century
  • Women and Politics
  • Resiliency
  • Educating the Next Generation of Business Leaders
  • Supporting Public Radio & Television
  • Dealing with Different Corporate Cultures
  • Strategies for Success
  • Multi-Generational Succession Planning
  • Transitioning from One Generation to the Next
  • Giving Back – Philanthropy- Advisory Boards, Academia, Mentoring
  • Thriving and Surviving in the C-Suite
  • Conflict Resolution

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards


Marcy Syms Speaking Engagements
Speaking Engagements, Philanthropy and More….

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