About Mary Fran Bontempo

MARY FRAN BONTEMPO is a speaker, author and humorist who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, Mary Fran proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world. A Huffington Post and Thrive Global contributor, and regular columnist for Women’s Voices Magazine and Best Kept Self, Mary Fran inspires and motivates readers and listeners to tame the self-talk beast, leading them to personal and professional renewal and success. After thirty years’ experience as owner of a full-service recruiting firm, and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with serious addiction issues—Mary Fran created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring two books in the series and developing a life-affirming brand full of practical wisdom and wit. A frequent media guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message.

Betrayed by the Bagless

I should have known it wouldn’t last, and it serves me right. After thirty-some years, it happened. I fell for a younger, newer model, casting aside the loyal, tried and true like a pile of used junk. The old relationship just wasn’t working for me anymore and instead of more of the same, I wanted out. I admit now that it was superficial; I was taken in by looks, deceived by empty promises, [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:30+00:00October 29th, 2018|2 Comments

TEDx Lehigh University: Ending Our Addiction to Awesome

Amazing. Incredible. Unbelievable. Awesome. We use these words constantly, and most of the time, whatever we're describing is most definitely not. Amazing, incredible, unbelievable or awesome, that is. Our society suffers from an addiction to superlatives, which put immense pressure on all of us to think we have to be awesome at everything. All of the time. It's not only impossible, it's downright unhealthy, setting us up for failure at everything we simply aren't [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:30+00:00August 9th, 2018|0 Comments

4 Chicks Chatting–A New Podcast!

From 0 to iTunes in 5 weeks. Five weeks is how long it took for my clearly insane tribe of four women to decide to "put on a show" and create, record, and launch a podcast, 4 Chicks Chatting, now available on iTunes. Like most of us, my mastermind "chicks" and I approached the New Year as a time to reboot, try new things, and make plans to advance our businesses. Unlike most [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:30+00:00March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

TEDx — Not One, But Two!!!

It's been a dream of mine for quite some time. A TEDx--the big leagues of speaking. Land a TED, or TEDx speaking gig and WOW! Because it's a big deal, it's not easy. I've been writing, and re-writing my speech, working with people and programs to clarify my ideas, researching open TEDx platforms to see if my talk is a fit, applying, getting passed over, refining, trying again, praying, giving up hope, giving [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:31+00:00February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

4 Chicks Chatting–A New Podcast!

I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but on March 6, 2018, I, along with my four amazing friends, Robyn Graham, Kathy Marcino, and Kristin Smedley, am launching a podcast!!!! Whaaaaatttt???!!! Yep. After being in a mastermind with these three incredible women for a little over a year (thank you, Dr. Jennifer Gardella, although I'm not sure you know what you started!), we found that we had learned so much from one another, [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:31+00:00February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Nice Can be a Dirty Word!

  It's a year, a new day, and time to get stuff done! Sometimes, "Nice" can be a dirty word for us, especially when it means we do for everyone but ourselves, becoming resentful and miserable in the process. And helping no one, especially not ourselves. Don't be afraid to put on your "Bitchy Pants" once in a while and claim your time, your space and your life. It's time to git 'er [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:31+00:00January 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Interview with John Lee Dumas of EOFire! Listen in!

John Lee Dumas is a podcast superstar. And I was honored to be a guest on his show, Entrepreneur on Fire! Listen in as we drop "truth bombs" and talk about how owning your life experiences adds authenticity to your business. Even the worst of situations contains a kernel of opportunity. In this interview, we talk about how my son's addiction issues brought my life to a screeching halt, yet ultimately made me [...]

2018-10-30T09:39:31+00:00November 27th, 2017|0 Comments