Speaking | Endorsements





What people have to say about my talks:


Ophrah Listokin

Jewish Book Month Director

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

“Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s presentation about her book, Carved in Sand, proved to be an informative, enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable event. Ms. Ramin’s warm and inclusive manner made the audience feel as if they were chatting with a good friend who could advise them about memory issues. The tips, ideas and suggestions shared gave each and every participant something to think about and try in daily life. We have received very positive feedback about the evening which we were proud to host.”


Lynn Gittleson

Book Festival Director

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

“It is obvious Cathryn really knows her audience. She was so on target with all her lists and acronyms and stories about the keys, glasses and more. I hope she could tell, judging by the laughter in the room, how much everyone loved hearing what she had to say and could relate in some way or another. Afterwards, people couldn’t seem to get at her books quickly enough—we sold out!”


Pat Wall

Project Coordinator

Marin Elder Abuse Prevention Project (MEAPP)

“Cathryn was the keynote speaker for the Healthy Aging Symposium attended by 400 older adults and professionals working in the field of aging. Besides being an entertaining speaker, she impressed this very educated crowd with her knowledge of the science behind memory loss and what is cause for worry and what everyone experiences once midlife occurs.”


Karen Gantz Zahler

Chair, Literary and Media Committee

Harmonie Club of New York

“Cathryn arranged a fabulous event on memory. She filled the house, attracting the largest literary luncheon crowd we’ve had in many years. Everyone was so impressed with her and her co-host Dr. Mony de Leon. Cathryn made us realize that it is we who can determine the diminution or continuation of our faculties: We must take action accordingly. Her book is a must for anyone who has a relative, a friend, or is themselves afflicted with forgetfulness or worse. I hope and pray that research will produce a cure in our lifetime.”


Marisa J. Broka

Associate Director, Professional Development Group

American Bankers Association

“We just received the summarized evaluations from our 2007 Annual Convention and I wanted to share the wonderful results we received for Cathyrn Jakobson Ramin! Her session was one of our highest rated — I can tell all of the attendees appreciated her thoughts and remarks. Please pass on my sincere thanks. I hope we will have the opportunity to work together again.”


Lisa Schoonerman and Jan Zivic



“Cathryn Jakobson Ramin is not only informative, she is also surprisingly funny and entertaining. She captivated the largest group yet at a vibrantBrains Science Salon Series with her experiences, offered practical advice, and left us all wanting more. Those who hadn’t already read Carved in Sand were anxious to do so. We hope to have the privilege of hosting Cathryn again.”


Jonathan Bricklin

Program Director

New York Open Center

“No memory loss here. Cathryn Ramin fielded dozens of questions without notes and with great clarity. She was completely at ease with both the hard and soft science of memory loss. Highly engaging and very practical.”


Diane Putman

Chair, Experience Speaks Women's Council

Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

“Cathryn had a world of knowledge to share on the subject of memory loss and how to minimize it. She was such an engaging speaker. Everyone in the audience was interested in what she had to say, and respected her expertise. She has an easy-going style in presenting relevant information. And, of course, she was so gracious in signing her book, which was a major hit at our event. Cathryn also just clicked with our other two speakers. I can’t thank her enough for participating in our Long Beach Chamber Women’s Council dinner event!”


Bob Canepa


Program Committee Mill Valley Rotary

“The Rotary Club of Mill Valley thoroughly enjoyed Cathryn’s presentation. It was very informative and surprisingly humorous at the same time. Cathryn had a lot of funny zingers that helped make a somewhat difficult topic much more user friendly. To use an old cliché '...a good time was had by all.' ”


Alyce Deveau


Swampscott Public Library

“Cathryn Jakobson Ramin proved to be an extremely enjoyable speaker when she appeared at our library. We had a room full of people who felt so much better after listening to Cathryn. Her presentation was both informative and enjoyable. I would encourage other librarians to have Cathryn appear at their library. It was an entertaining evening all around.”


Molly Charland

Director of Libraries & Education

The Society of the Four Arts

“Cathryn Jakobson Ramin held her audience in the palm of her hand during the presentation of her new book Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife. She never failed to inform and delight, and her listeners' attention never faded as she shared engaging experiences and sound, sane advice on a subject concerning all of us.”


Adrian S. Windsor, Ph.D.

Program Director

The Inside Edge

“It is so inspiring to see how you took a personal challenge in your life, shared it with a willing and needy audience to grow your material, and then gave it birth to benefit all of the rest of us. We were so privileged to have you with us for a morning to share your vibrant personality and your valuable knowledge and instruction. Thank you.”


Hagar Ben-Eliezer

Director of Jewish Cultural Programs

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

“Cathryn Jakobson Ramin's vivacious personality and endearing smile will win any crowd over, but it is her passion and commitment to memory loss research that will truly wow a crowd.”


T Beller

Executive Director

Napa Valley Arts & Lectures

“Cathryn Jakobson Ramin delivered a thought-provoking, educational and entertaining lecture on how our brains work, or occasionally don't work. Citing research findings as well as anecdotal evidence, she engaged the audience from the outset with her dynamic and energetic delivery style. I can't remember when we've had such an enthusiastic response from attendees at one of our lectures...the only complaint voiced was that it wasn't long enough!”


John W. Milford

Program Organizer, The Grownups Forum

The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco

“The room was packed and buzzing with anticipation as I have never heard at the start of a Grownups Forum program. Cathryn's talk held the rapt attention of the audience as the time flew by, and at the end there were so many people waiting to buy her book that I did not have time to thank her in person.”


Missy Grzeskowiak

Guild President

Christamore House

“I recently had the opportunity to meet Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, and listen to her discuss her book Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife at a luncheon for a thousand people. I was thrilled to learn that I was not alone in 'missing' a doctor’s appointment, 'forgetting' a parent-teacher conference, or asking myself 'Do I have ADHD which has gone undiagnosed all these years?' Carved in Sand gives the reader a clinical understanding of why our memory fades as we get older, and the devices we have to stave off midlife forgetfulness.

We, the Christamore House Guild, feel honored to have had Cathryn attend and give such a dynamic presentation at our Book and Author Luncheon this past April.”


Lucy W. Reckseit

Corporate Attorney

“As a speaker and writer, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin is refreshing. The exploration of her own memory loss, the subject of her book, Carved In Sand, makes her delivery on the topic both informative and personal. The audience to whom she spoke represented a challenging cross-section of the Bay Area’s professional community: doctors, attorneys, investors and investment advisors, professors, writers, marketing gurus and geeks — in other words, a group not easily impressed! She shared what she learned on her journey in a light, anecdotal style, and her findings resonated with all of us in mid-life. Each of us came away with a great deal of new knowledge, to be put to use immediately. She’s genuine and incredibly well-informed on all questions surrounding midlife cognition. The Q & A session was as stimulating as her lecture. I found myself reflexively responding with a silent “uh-huh” to every point she made. Having heard Cathryn speak, I will read the book again. The one advantage to being memory-challenged is that I’ll have an opportunity to enjoy it a second time.”