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“Maria is a profound role model for women (and men) who wish to pursue their dream.”

— Max Chang, Cal (UC Berkeley) Alumni Association of Utah

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March 20: Delta Gamma Founders Day, Long Island group (keynote address)

Maria at the famous Davis-Kidd Booksellers Nashville store!


May 20: Palo Alto Delta Gamma alumnae group book club

April 20: How to publish your book: A panel discussion

March 25: NYC Delta Gamma alumnae group book club

February 24: New York launch party for Wait for the Rain


August 25: Seattle launch party for Katwalk

August 23: San Francisco launch party for Katwalk

August 12: New York launch party for Katwalk

March 11: Seattle launch party for Cassidy Lane

March 10: Silicon Valley launch party for Cassidy Lane

March 4: New York launch party for Cassidy Lane


November 12: UNC Chapel Hill Panhellenic (keynote address)

June 8: Hunter College Writers Conference (panel)

June 1: Book Expo America -uPublishU (panel)

April 23: NYC launch party for Chocolate for Two

April 10: Silicon Valley launch party for Chocolate for Two

January 8: Meeting Professionals International, NorCal chapter (keynote address)


August 9: Femfessionals, Philadelphia (marketing workshop)

August 2: New York  City launch party for Honey on Your Mind

July 24: Silicon Valley launch party for Honey on Your Mind

June 1: National Conference for College Student Women Leaders, College Park, MD (workshop)

May 31: Femfessionals, Philadelphia (publishing workshop)

May 24: Backspace Writers Conference, New York (publishing workshop)

April 18: Delta Gamma Palo Alto Alumnae Chapter (speech, signing)

April 14: California Writers Club (marketing workshop)

February 25: New York Junior League Leadership Conference (speech)

January 4: Peninsula Parlour, Palo Alto, CA (interview)


Dec. 14: Silicon Valley launch party for It’s a Waverly Life!

Dec. 13: San Francisco launch party for It’s a Waverly Life!

Dec. 8: Massachusetts Conference for Women, Boston (workshop)

Nov. 17: Texas Conference for Women, Houston (workshop)

Nov. 16: Katy Budget Books, Houston (lunchtime book signing)

Nov. 15: I want to get published but don’t know where to begin, Houston (workshop)

Nov. 3: New York launch party for It’s a Waverly Life!

Oct. 25: Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Philadelphia (workshop)

Oct. 21: Diva Toolbox Conference for Women, Boston (workshop)

Oct. 20: “I want to get published but have no idea where to begin!” Boston (workshop with Fresh Air Careers)

Oct. 13: Little Black Dress Club/Phoenix Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter (speech, Q&A, signing)

Oct. 5: Have you ever wanted to quit your job and find your real passion in life? (New York City)

Sept. 24: Baltimore Book Festival (workshop)

Sept. 23: Baltimore Book Festival (“Ladies’ Night” panel discussion)

Sept. 22: Little Black Dress Club, Baltimore (speech, Q&A, signing)

Sept. 15: If you want your life to work, you have to be HAPPY first! Tulsa, OK (speech, Q&A)

Sept. 14: Phi Beta Phi Alumnae Network of Tulsa, OK (speech, Q&A)

Sept. 6: I need help with book marketing! San Jose, CA (She Writes workshop)

August 31: I want to get published- where do I begin? San Jose, CA (She Writes workshop)

June 16: How to get published New York, NY (workshop)

May 11: A Night for Sight, New York, NY (fundraiser)

May 7: Northwestern University Club of Greater New York Spring Gala (silent auction)

May 5: Boston Women’s Network (speech, Q&A, cocktail reception)

April 9: American Association of University Women, Mountain View, CA (luncheon/panel)

March 29: Downtown Women’s Club, Boston, MA (speech, Q&A)

March 26: Heart-Centered Business Summit, Saratoga Springs, NY (session on how to get published)

March 3: How to market a book (webinar, now available on-demand)

February 17: How to get published (webinar, now available on-demand)


December 17: Bay Area Professional Women’s Network, at the Executive Inn & Suites in Oakland, CA (speech, Q&A)

December 16: San Francisco Chick Lit Book Group (book club)

December 9: The Massachusetts Conference for Women (panelist and workshop leader)

November 2: Tri-Valley UC Berkeley Alumni Club at The Wine Steward in Pleasanton, CA (speech, Q&A)

October 17: Rutgers University Delta Gamma chapter, New Brunswick, NJ (speech, Q&A)

October 13: Southern Methodist University Delta Gamma chapter and alumnae, Dallas (speech, Q&A)

October 12: Club Room at La Tour, uptown Dallas (speech, Q&A)

October 11: University of North Texas Delta Gamma chapter and alumnae (speech, Q&A)

October 3: Columbia University Delta Gamma chapter, New York, NY (speech, Q&A)

September 1: The Non-Moms Club, San Jose, CA (book club)

August 28: Pink Diamondz Events, Hayward, CA (speech, Q&A)

August 25: Morocco’s  (open to public) San Jose, CA (speech, Q&A)

August 20: Harvard University 2010 Women’s Leadership Conference, Cambridge, MA (panelist)

August 20: Morrison Mahoney Women’s Initiative Committee, Boston (speech, Q&A)

August 19: Downtown Women’s Club, Boston (speech, Q&A)

July 6: Motivators and Creators, New York, NY (speech, Q&A)

June 25: Fun, Feisty and Over-40 Women’s Club, San Ramon, CA (speech Q&A)

June 24: San Francisco Bachelor Auction (Ruby Skye)

June 23: New Empowered Woman,   The Non-Moms Club and Silicon Valley Women’s Social at A Perfect Finish wine and dessert bar, San Jose, CA (speech, Q&A)

June 15: Downtown Women’s Club, San Francisco Peninsula chapter (speech, Q&A)

June 9: In Good Company, New York, NY (book fair & signing)

May 24: BookExpo America, New York, NY (panelist)

April 13: Richmond (VA) Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A)

April 12: Northern Virginia Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A)

March 21: Temple Fox School of Business 2010 Conference, Business Strategy in a Global Economy (panelist on marketing and entrepreneurship), Philadelphia, PA

March 16: Boston University Delta Gamma chapter (speech, Q&A)

February 25: San Francisco launch party at Otis Lounge on Maiden Lane, 5-9 p.m.

February 18: New York launch party at Kellari’s Parea, 36 E. 20th Street, 6-9 p.m.

February 17: “How to get published,” hosted by the New York alumni club of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, at the Creative Center at the Manhattan Theater Club (panelist)

February 13: Little Black Dress Club, Nashville chapter, at Davis Kidd Booksellers (2 p.m. speech followed by booksigning – photo above)

February 11: Knoxville (TN) Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A)

January 9: Tonic Restaurant in Washington, DC, Foggy Bottom location (3 p.m. speech followed by booksigning)

January 4: Chick-Lit (and Historical Fiction) Addicts Anonymous, San Jose, CA (book club)


December 4: Women’s Night In, hosted by Bridget Ann Serchak of Arlington, VA (cocktail party, speech, Q&A)

December 3: Little Black Dress Club, DC chapter, at Busboys & Poets (book club)

December 2: UC Berkeley alumni club of  Washington, DC (open to all UC students and alums) at the University of California Washington Center (speech, Q&A)

November 19: Philadelphia Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A, reception)

November 19: UC Berkeley alumni club of Philadelphia (speech, Q&A, reception)

November 18: Delta Gamma alumnae virtual book club

October 29: American Marketing Association Puget Sound Chapter MBA marketing social (panelist)

October 28: University of Washington Delta Gamma collegians/alumnae (speech, Q&A, reception – photo below)

October 22: Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism alumni club of Chicago (panelist – photos below)

October 19: UC Berkeley Delta Gamma chapter (career night)

October 15: Washington, DC Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A)

October 14: Annapolis, MD Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A)

October 7: Junior League of Boston (leadership training)

September 17: Fairfield County (CT) Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A)

September 8: Spinsters of San Francisco (speech, Q&A)

August 19: Maine combo Delta Gamma alumnae/UC Berkeley alumni (speech, Q&A – photo below)

August 17: Harvard University 2009 Women’s Leadership Conference, Cambridge, MA (panelist)

August 11: Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Indianapolis chapter (speech, Q&A)

June 25: Guardsmen Bachelor Auction (San Francisco)

April 28: Boston Delta Gamma alumnae group (speech, Q&A)

April 27: Harvard University Delta Gamma chapter (speech, Q&A)

April 14: Palo Alto (CA) Delta Gamma alumnae chapter (reception, Q&A)

April 6: Phoenix Women’s Book Club

April 1: Orange County Women’s Book Club

March 8: Delta Gamma Founders Day (book signing – Saratoga, CA)

February 24: Silicon Valley AMC Book Club (photo below)

February 17: Silicon Valley Delta Gamma alumnae group (book club – photo below)

February 3: UC Berkeley Salt Lake City alumni club (speech, Q&A, signing) at the Alta Club

February 2: University of Utah Delta Gamma chapter (speech, Q&A)

March 13: DIY Book Festival Awards (Hollywood)

January 6: San Francisco Delta Gamma alumnae group (book club – photo below)


December 4: Michalopoulos Art Gallery (wine tasting/book signing), San Francisco, 7-9 p.m.

November 24: UC Berkeley Delta Gamma chapter (speech/Q&A)

November 18: UC Berkeley Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars Association (alumni reception)

November 9: DePaul University (Chicago) Delta Gamma chapter (speech/Q&A)

November 5: Morgan Stanley’s Successful Women Invest in Themselves seminar, Livermore, CA (speech/Q&A)

October 3: Tatertot’s Book Club (Meridian, Idaho)

September 20: LA Citygirls Group (book club)

September 23: Atlanta Delta Gamma alumnae chapter (book club – photo below)

August 27: Cathy and Friends Book Club (Sunnyvale, CA)

August 13: Palo Alto Cafe (book signing)

July 31: Potrero Hill Women’s Book Club (San Francisco)

July 23: Jovino, San Francisco (book signing)

July 15: City Girls Group San Francisco (book club)

July 1: Nola, Palo Alto (book signing)

June 19: Guardsmen Bachelor Auction, San Francisco

June 2: UC Berkeley Alumni Club of Washington, DC (book club)

May 27: Delta Gamma ”Senior Day” at Santa Clara University

May 20: O’Neil’s Irish Pub, San Francisco (book signing)

May 16: South Bay Women’s Book Club