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Whether it’s a keynote, conference, lecture, commencement, graduation, or private gathering, I tailor my presentation to your needs.
In addition to giving talks, I also emcee galas, fundraisers, awards ceremonies, holiday gatherings, and celebrations, and can moderate your panel or interview an author or other celebrity guest for your event.
- The Joy of Lex: Falling in Love with Language
- Do You Hear What I Hear? Workplace Diversity and the English Language
- The St8 of English 2day? Gr8!: The English Language Is Healthier Than Ever
- Improv for Writers: Using the Tools of Improv Comedy to Get Past Your Internal Editor and Silence Your Inner Critic
- Buff Up Your Brain!: A Fun and Interactive Presentation on Maximizing Your Memory
- You Say Pop, I Say Soda: A Talking Tour of Regional Dialects in America
- A Garden of Words: How Flowers Got Their Names
- Putting Words in Your Mouth: How Foods Got Their Names
- Dog Days and Cats’ Pajamas: Animals In Words and Phrases
- Libraries: Your Key to Lifelong Learning
- Teachers Change Lives: Appreciating Our Educators
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Selected Upcoming Appearances
Butler University, Keynote, College of Communication Symposium. “Communicating Differences.” Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2, 2017.
Indiana University, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Grand Rounds. “Lily Livers, Brain Freeze, and Kidney Warmers: An Entertaining Look at the Science of Language.” Indianapolis, Indiana, March 3, 2017
National Association for Interpretation, Keynote, regional conference, “Roots and the Land,” Shepherdsville, Kentucky, March 8, 2017.
Western Kentucky University. Lecture. “The St8 of English? Gr8!” Bowling Green, Kentucky. March 9, 2017.
California Association of Teachers of English (CATE), Keynote, annual state conference, San Diego, California, February 16, 2018.
San Miguel Writers Conference/Festival Internacional de Escritores en San Miguel. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Improv Workshop. “Unlock Your Creativity with Improv!” February 2017.
California State University San Marcos. “Improv and Literacy.” October 12, 2016.
San Diego Unified School District. Title I Boot Camp, “Learning Through The Arts.” September 22, 2016.
Community College of Vermont. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Winooski, Vermont. September 15, 2016.
Burlington Book Festival. “You Have a A Way with Words.” University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. September 17, 2016.
San Miguel Writers Conference/Festival Internacional de Escritores en San Miguel. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. “Improv for Writers.” February 15, 2016.
Keynote: National Conference, Community College Humanities Association. Phoenix, Arizona. November 5, 2015.
Majestic Theatre. Dallas, Texas. “An Intimate Evening with Martha and Grant,” to benefit the Aberg Center for Literacy. April 23, 2015.
Tarrant County College. Fort Worth, Texas. Lecture, “Civil Discourse in a Diverse Society.” April 24, 2015.
CareFusion Global Headquarters. San Diego, California. “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” an interactive workshop on language and diversity in the workplace. June 5, 2014.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California San Diego. “Buff Up Your Brain and Maximize Your Memory.” May 30, 2014.
San Diego Central Public Library, “A Way with Language.” May 17, 2014
Emcee, national conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education, San Diego. February 13, 2014.
Emcee and Auctioneer. Buena Vista Audubon Society annual fundraiser, Oceanside, California. February 22, 2014.
Interviewer/moderator. A conversation with bestselling author Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers), for Words Alive! literacy organization. La Jolla, California. November 12, 2013.
Interviewer/moderator. A conversation with bestselling author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, onstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California. June 26, 2013.
“An Evening with Martha and Grant,” a sellout appearance to benefit the Aberg Center for Literacy. We also emceed a Jeopardy!-style quiz for local celebrities, including Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings. Dallas, Texas. May 16, 2013.
Panelist. “Restoring Respect,” Second Annual Conference on Civility in Public Dialogue, at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego. February 20, 2013.
Luncheon speaker. Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) Pacific-Western Division Conference, “Exploring Histories in the Humanities.” Portland, Oregon. October 26, 2012.
Interviewer/moderator. Words Alive! annual Authors Luncheon and fundraiser for this San Diego literacy organization. An onstage conversation with New York Times bestselling author Vanessa Diffenbaugh about the language of flowers, November 13, 2012.
Video: Keynote Speech, Women & Technology Conference, Ferrum College
Selected Past Speaking Events
Recent media appearances, and:
• Keynote speaker, Diversity Summit, Sempra Energy, Downey, CA. July 12, 2012.
• Co-host of the Words Alive! Annual Authors’ Luncheon with my radio partner Grant Barrett. The benefit and fundraiser grossed more than $90,000. November 1, 2011. (See a recommendation from the Executive Director.)
• Courtside Announcer for the Mercury Insurance Open, a professional tennis tournament, at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. July 30-31, 2011.
• Lecture, Congregation Beth Israel. “The Joy of Lex.” March 17, 2011.
• Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Emceed a collaboration among the Women’s Museum of California, the Women’s Studies Department at San Diego State University, The Women’s Center at the University of California San Diego, and the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. March 12, 2011. (See a recommendation.)
• Sunday-morning Speaker, Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a church in Escondido, California. “Pursuing Your Passion.” February 20, 2011.
• Luncheon featured speaker, the Wednesday Club, the venerable women’s artistic and cultural organization founded in 1895. This a holiday-themed presentation was titled “Unwrapping the Gift of Words.” December 1, 2010.
• Luncheon featured speaker, Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, North County Chapter of San Dieguito. This organization philanthropic arm of the University raising money for scholarships as well as support of campus libraries. “Why I Love Libraries.” Morgan Run Club & Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, California. May 24, 2010.
• Lecture. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California San Diego Extension. “The Joy of Lex.” April 13, 2010.
• Featured Speaker, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary. December 4, 2009.
• Featured Speaker, Family Health Centers of San Diego Annual Luncheon. November 21, 2008. • Closing Keynote Speaker for the training conference of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. “Getting Your Words’ Worth: Improve Your Business Communication and Email Efficiency.” October 22, 2008. (See a recommendation from the organizer.)
• Writing seminar, Baker & McKenzie LLP. My talk to attorneys and paralegals at this law firm was called “Get Your Words’ Worth!”: Increase Your Word Power and Improve Your Email Efficiency.” San Diego, California. July 29, 2008. (See a recommendation from the organizer.)
• Emcee, Annual San Diego Book & Writing Awards. May 17, 2008
• Guest Host and Speaker with my radio partner Grant Barrett for “Alphabet Affair,” a fundraiser for the Indianapolis literacy organization, Indy Reads. Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, Indiana. April 12, 2008.
• Emcee for fundraising gala with sports legends Maria Sharapova and Pam Shriver at the Acura Classic Tennis Tournament. This event raised $256,000 for the Scripps Polster Breast Care Center to support breast care prevention, treatment, and early detection. La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. August 2, 2007.