Working with Marilyn Bagel is "partnership" personified. She plants herself alongside your desired outcome and becomes part of your team. She listens, really listens, to where you're trying to go and has an almost magical ability to connect to your vision and deliver on it every single time. At Women in Cable Telecommunications, we applaud each opportunity we have to work with her because we know that her writing prowess is absolutely remarkable, and we look forward to the energy she helps us create and sustain to bring a project to fruition.

Marilyn is so responsive that you feel she's working in the office right next door. She never fails to answer an email, a call or a question, working tirelessly until the job is done. If I had to identify a quality I appreciated most, it would have to be the incredible gift she has to relate to the "personality" of a project. She continues to offer her ideas and expertise, but transcends the common mishap of only speaking her own language. Indeed, she explores with you and then takes the emotion behind the words and gives you back what YOU want. She works easily with production crews, commercial agents and talent, delivers on time, follows projects through to the very end, and is always prepared. I cannot say enough about her remarkable talent and overall effectiveness; I award her my highest recommendation and look forward to our next project that allows me to bring her back on board!

Alex Dombronovich
Vice President, Business Development and Marketing
Women in Cable Telecommunications

We brought Marilyn on board just a few weeks before our first-ever national gala. Despite the time crunch, she produced a very well-written and comprehensive script for the event, and she was invaluable in working with all of the speakers to ensure the evening went off without a hitch!

Tamara Ruggiero
Vice President of Communications and Marketing
American Kidney Fund

Our Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Conference comprises five major recognition events that take place within a three-day period and are attended by a total of more than 8,000 people. This requires the ability to handle an extraordinary set of scriptwriting-related demands, ranging from a multitude of award recipients to our many prominent sponsor presenters. Marilyn's ability to keep it all moving forward while maintaining a high degree of ingenuity and integrity is a huge asset to our company. She also does the same for our National Women Technology Awards STEM Conference.

Dr. Tyrone Taborn
Chairman and CEO
Career Communications Group

Marilyn Bagel has written the script for our National Alzheimer's Gala since its inception six years ago. Every year she creates an inspiring, on-point, humorous, poignant one-hour script. The words that she writes have been spoken by such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Jay Rockefeller, Jean Smart, Chris Matthews, David Hyde Pierce and Maria Shriver (to name a few). She hears our needs, has insightful suggestions and is responsive to our needs. The opposite of a prima donna, Marilyn is a joy to work with.

Trish Vrandenburg
Writer – TV sitcoms, Playwright, Journalist, Novelist

George Vrandenburg
Former Executive - AOL, CBS, Fox Inc.; Civic Leader

Co-Chairs, National Alzheimer’s Gala 2004-2009

Are you looking for a writer? A speech developer? A wordsmith extraordinaire? Look no further – Marilyn Bagel represents all of that in one! No matter the occasion or the venue, Marilyn will meet with you, get a sense of who you are and what the event is, the messages you want to convey or the impression you want to give, and she will frame the words around what is needed.

As the wife of the County Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland, I need, from time to time, to give speeches. I can spend a short period of time with Marilyn to give her the essence of what I want to say; she does her research, works her magic and sends me the speech. It has been perfect every time, needing only minor editing. She captures my voice better than I can! If you’re looking for a writer with a gift of words, a gift of knowing, it is Marilyn Bagel.

Catherine S. Leggett
Wife of Montgomery County, Maryland, County Executive
SVP of Human Resources for not-for-profit agency

Marilyn Bagel is one of the most prolific writers that our company has ever had the privilege of working with. She posses a superior command of the written word and her contribution to the creative process is energizing. Marilyn’s dedication to each project is immeasurable and commitment to excellence unwavering. Her incredible talent continues to shine in everything she touches. The Carlin Company is a stronger, vibrant, more creative organization because of Marilyn’s stellar work.

David Carlin King
Founder and Senior Producer
The Carlin Company

The year 1992 was significant to me for two reasons. The Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl under the direction of then coach Joe Gibbs, and it was the first time I had the opportunity to work with Marilyn Bagel. The event was a benefit for Joe Gibbs' Youth for Tomorrow, his residential community for troubled teens, and was attended by 2,000 people in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Since then Marilyn and I have worked together on many special events. She is a consummate wordsmith as well as a visual thinker which makes her an invaluable member of our production team.

Tom Cahill

Marilyn is a lively and imaginative writer who has written plays and gala scripts for Imagination Stage for more than a decade. She is simply the best! No one knows better how to tailor a piece to a specific group of performers so that all involved are able to shine. Marilyn is flexible and understands the need for many masters when writing a fundraiser. She somehow manages to juggle the needs of all the stakeholders and still emerge with a great script. She has a wide breadth of knowledge of musical theatre combined with tremendous enthusiasm for each new project she takes on. It is always a pleasure to collaborate with Marilyn!

Janet Stanford
Artistic Director
Imagination Stage Inc.

It is always a joy to work with Marilyn. She is able to put into words the essence of our organization. When Marilyn works with you on a project, there is immediate and energetic "buy in" to the cause. She is quick, clever, articulate, and has a great sense of humor … a rare gift. We love Marilyn!

Bonnie Fogel
Founder and CEO
Imagination Stage Inc.

I have worked many times with Marilyn, and it never ceases to amaze me how she is able to bring many different elements (speeches, dance, songs, presentations) into a wonderful and inspirational whole. I always know that no matter what music is used in our events, it will be integrated beautifully.

Christopher Youstra
Music Director

If I could work with Marilyn Bagel on each of my programs, I would! Marilyn offers my clients a complete level of service that is beyond any expectation that I had when we first started working together. Her ability to assist us with finalizing our details, her responsiveness and willingness to do anything we need (no matter how wild our request!) and the skill and partnership she brings to our team is invaluable.

I feel fortunate to work with someone that understands the unusual balance of calm and efficiency that keeps the rest of us on track. It is always fun, always creative and always a partnership.

Marti Balcom
The Balcom Group

Marilyn Bagel has been my head writer (most times my only writer) on all of my creative events and productions. She is a WOW! She not only writes but also creates additional thoughts and ideas that contribute to the event, and they are SUPERB! She understands, has all the skills and is extremely well versed in the art of presentation and knows what "budget" means like NO OTHER. There are eight, not seven, wonders of the world. Marilyn Bagel is the eighth wonder of THIS world and a talent that SOARS!!!! And it just so happens that Marilyn is a very honest and nice person. So take that…

Ed Yoe
Producer/Director/Artist Management
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