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Marilyn has been honored countless times for her many contributions to business, innovation and the disabled community, and her story has been documented in books, magazines and national news programs including 60 Minutes. In addition to being named California Business Woman of the Year, she is also a member of the California Governor’s Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities. Her story and tennis chair was included as part of the Smithsonian Museum collection in Washington, D.C. and currently is touring around the nation.

Over the years Marilyn has been met, been honored by and spoken with 3 presidents. In 2006, Marilyn received one of the highest tributes of her life and career, when California First Lady Maria Shriver honored her with the prestigious Minerva Award. Personally created and presented by Maria Shriver, the Minerva Award is given annually to California’s most remarkable women – those who have made extraordinary contributions to the state’s families and communities. Past recipients of the Minerva Award include Betty Ford, Dr. Sally Ride and other influential women.

The First Lady recognized Marilyn’s many achievements, which are now on permanent display at the California Museum for History, Women
and the Arts in Sacramento California.


Business & Personal

2007 California Polytechnic University Alumni of the Year - Education
2006 California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger & First Lady Maria Shrive - Minerva Award
2005 NSCIA Hall of Fame Award
2005 Wheels For Humanity - Freedom of Mobility Award
2003 Co-Founder Discovery Through Design
2000 Fresno Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2000 President George Bush Award - MC ADA Anniversary Houston, Texas
2000 Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
1998 Central California Excellence in Business Award
1998 California Governor’s Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities
1996 Advertising Award - 1996 Paralympic Games
1994 National Rehab Hospital - National Victory Award
1991 Founder Winners on Wheels
1990 Good Shepherd Hall of Fame
1986 National Women’s Economic Alliance Business Leadership Award
1985 President Ronald Reagan Inauguration Attendee
1984 SBA Western Regional Business of the Year
1984 California Business Women of the Year
1983 California Polytechnic University Alumni of the Year-Human Development & Education
1979 Co-Founder Motion Designs Inc.
1967 National Raisin Queen

CBS 60 Minutes
CBS This Morning
CBS Eye on America
CBS The Best of Us
PBS People in Motion
CBS Morning Show


Companies with a Conscience - by Mary Scott and Howard Rothman
No Pity - by Joe Sharpiro
Women Business Leaders - by Robert Pile
Unleash the Power Within - by Anthony Robins


Family photos

Envision by Marilyn Hamilton copyright 2007