I have appeared on TV, hosted and joined as a guest on radio shows and podcasts, and spoken at live corporate and nonprofit events. Click the links below to hear some of my public speaking. (Corporate motivational talks are excluded from this sampling, because of confidentiality contract clauses.)


Meditation for Busy Washingtonians: Author and lawyer Maria Olsen explains how you can meditate to relieve stress while keeping up with your busy schedule.

get up! Radio show:

Interview with Maria Olsen, Fifty After Fifty: GET UP! Interview with author Maria Olsen, 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life.

Inside out lgbt radio:

Interview with Karl Racine: Maria Olsen, host and producer of the "Inside Out" radio show on WPFW fm 89.3 in Washington, D.C., interviews Karl Racine, the first elected attorney general for the District of Columbia.

"Mommy, Daddy...I'm Gay": Special Edition of "Inside Out" for parents of LGBT children, with guest Maria Olsen.


Maria Leonard Olsen: Live at Politics and Prose: Maria Olsen discusses her book, 50 After 50: Reframing The Next Chapter Of Your Life, at the largest independent bookstore in Washington, D.C., Politics & Prose. Olsen is an attorney, cohost of WPFW’s "Inside Out," women’s writing and empowerment-retreat leader, public speaker, and a woman who turned 50 expecting to find life less satisfying.


Gaithersburg Book Festival: Maria Olsen talked about her book, Not the Cleaver Family: The New Normal in Modern American Families. She spoke from the James Michener Pavilion at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, held on the grounds of City Hall in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Maria Olsen had the audience in the palm of her hand as she talked about being raised a Catholic, taking a DNA test and finding out she was the product of a one-night stand. She tracked down her Jewish dad and discovered he had played for the Washington Redskins. ‘He’s thrilled I’m in his life,’ she said, not revealing his name.