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Committed to developing the next generation of leaders that make a difference for themselves and others, Marilyn speaks primarily on the topics of positive youth development, youth civic engagement, and building family-school-community partnerships for youth. Learn more.


Marilyn is freelance writer and regularly blogs at Roots of Action, Psychology Today, and Edutopia. She utilizes technology, including mindmapping and complex database tools, to synthesize research across disciplines and bring it to popular or academic audiences. She writes about topics related to human and/or organization development, including leadership, youth development, education, parenting, civic engagement, transformative learning, systems thinking, women, and aging. SEE ARTICLE SAMPLES.

Consultant to Organizations

Marilyn brings a breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences to her consulting work. While she has spent many years working with a variety of businesses and organizations, she currently focuses exclusively on working with communities, schools, and nonprofits whose aim is to develop young people by building on their core strengths and abilities.

Leadership Coach

For more than 30 years, Marilyn has coached Fortune 500 executives, nonprofit leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs. As a trusted confidant and strategist, her clients benefit from her business, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial experiences, background in psychology and human development, and expertise in organization development.

Through an engaging style, Marilyn provokes stimulating discussion and provides a "safe container" for quality, confidential dialogue related to leader growth and development in organizations whose missions focus on the development of young people.









"Marilyn helped me move from confusion to clarity as a new nonprofit leader. Her extensive experience, sharp intellect, and deep reflective listening skills contribute to her excellent coaching. With her guidance, I was able to get to the heart of several issues quickly and take action."

Cezanne Allen, M.D., Principal
Vital Physican Coaching


"Marilyn is a visionary ...and can help others understand that vision and want to come on board. She's willing to do the hard work that it takes to accomplish any task....she's infused with warm energy and a generosity of spirit."

Barbara Edmondson, Former Board Member, National ParentNet Association


"Marilyn's research study, based on interviews with highly engaged youth, is a scholarly, insightful, and impressive contribution to the field of civic engagement."

Peter Levine, Ph.D., Director of Research, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University


"Marilyn is a very talented and creative facilitator, a quick study and very knowledgable about organizational development....Her ability to quickly grasp the key elements of our work and the issues we face was particularly helpful....Our board fully enjoyed working with Marilyn...her facilitation drew high marks from all involved."

Jan Lambert, Executive Director
Health, Housing and Human Services Council


"I've worked with Marilyn as a customer, colleague, and coworker. In all capacities, I've found her to be an excellent practitioner. Her business skills and perspective are broad, her perceptions of people accurate and her concern for quality and ethics supreme. Every time I work with her, I gain knowledge and success!

Nita Millstein, President
Millstein & Associates


Marilyn's presentation at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service was a huge hit! Her research and thinking inspires us to dive more deeply into the important work of engaging youth in our communities."

Amy Smith, President, Points of Light Action Networks, Atlanta, GA.




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