MarcieKeithleyHeadshotMarcie J. Keithley is an author, speaker and coach. She is co-founder of Indiana Adoptee Network Inc., a 501(c)3 post-educational resource, and Vice President of Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records (H.E.A.R.). She is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers, Non-Fiction Writers Association and co-author of a children's book, Frankie and Friends Talk Adoption. 

Keithley writes for Indiana Adoptee Network News and has also written articles for Adoption Today Magazine and various other publications. Her personal story has been covered globally with a guest appearance on Daily Mail TV in New York.

A lover of words and a keeper of memories, The Shoebox Effect is a transparent look at a life hidden by family secrets and shame and the power of forgiveness. As the Shoebox Sherpa, she uses her signature platform and her own wealth of experience in overcoming pain and life's adversities to inspire, motivate and transform individuals and crowds.

Keithley, a native-born Hoosier, and a "Lady of Dunans," resides on the Sunnyside of Louisville, along the Ohio River in southern Indiana with her Goldendoodle, Murfee. Her current work-in-progress is an adoption coloring book for children and a devotional along with her 90-year-old mother, Let It Be, Twenty Things Mother Mary Taught Me.

10 Fun Facts About Me


I married my first love . . . thirty years later.


Not only am I a grandmother but I also am a great grandmother of a beautiful baby boy and one on the way!


Can't imagine my life without a dog in it! I am currently owned by one sassy Golden Doodle named Murfee who loves Instagram and the Patriots. #dudeitsmemurfee


I passed my Series 7 Securities exam in the days of the #2 pencil.


I was thrown off a horse at age 18 and literally got right back on!


I gave my first speech at age twelve and then promptly threw up.


I am writing a book with my ninety year old mother who lives with me. It is called Let it Be, Mother Mary's Words of Wisdom, A Daughter's Devotional.


I am obsessed with McDonald's tea and will wait in the drive-through for it forever, even when I'm not McHappy


I sat on the lap of Marty Robbins at age ten and again when I was twenty-two. He didn't remember me. I still bought his album.



Celebrating the "Scot" in me that was discovered on, my mother had me ennobled by buying some land on the Cowal peninsula, in Argyll and Brute, Scotland. Yes, you can really call me Lady of Dunans.

Marcie Keithley Speaking

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Marcie's Most Popular Talks:

The ShoeBox Effect: Discovering Your True Potential by Fully Unpacking Your Past

3 Secret Weapons Hidden Inside You (That You're Probably Missing)

Jumping Back to Your Feet After Life Has Knocked You Down



Upcoming Events

November 12th, 2019 - The ShoeBox Effect release date

November 13th, 2019 - WHAS TV Great Day Live appearance

November 16th, 2019 - The ShoeBox Effect Launch Party & Open House

January 7th, 2020 - Podcast guest on "Adoption Advocacy"

March 27th & 28th, 2020 - Indiana Adoptee Network 4th Annual Conference, Workshop Presentation, "Finding Meaning in our Losses"

July 10th, 2020 - Lunch and Learn: Let's Talk Adoption! Jeffersonville Public Library, Jeffersonville, IN