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Marilyn Stocker

Title/s:  Senior Lecturer

Office #:  Lewis Towers 401

Phone: 312.915.6501

Email: mstocke@luc.edu


Dr. Marilyn J. Stocker is an organization development consultant, executive coach and management consultant, whose passions are leadership and learning—especially learning in the workplace.   

Her work as a consultant focuses on leadership development, leading and managing strategic change initiatives,  executive coaching,  team-building, career development and transition, communication in the workplace and innovation and creativity:  all in the service of maximizing individual and organizational learning in the face of “permanent whitewater”—culture change and renewal.   She has been a boundary spanner, delivering learning and change solutions in business settings as well as serving in roles of leadership in higher education.  She continues to work in both business and academic worlds, designing delivering the Leadership Institute for the Loyola Graduate School of Law and teaching management, leadership and change at Loyola and Benedictine University Business Schools.

Dr.  Marilyn Stocker received her doctorate in Organization Behavior and Adult Learning from Northwestern University as well as an M.S. in Leadership and Policy Studies.  Her undergraduate work in Literature and Film was completed at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  She serves on the national board of the Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse (APSAC), the Loyola Women’s Strategic Leadership Board and the Academic Excellence Task Force of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. 

An accomplished speaker and facilitator, Dr. Stocker has keynotes at numerous national conferences and has done extensive work outside the United States, including work in Japan, China, Latin America,  Europe and Canada.  She is compelling on the podium as well as a seasoned facilitator of groups and an executive leadership coach.  


  • Ph.D. Organizational Behavior and Adult Learning, 1988 from Northwestern University
  • M.A. Leadership and Educational Processes, 1977 from Northwestern University
  • B.A. English and American Literature, 1970 from Barnard College, Columbia University

Program Areas

  • CPST 250 Foundations of Organizations
  • CPST 360 Development and Change in Organizations

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • President and Principal Consultant, Wisdom Work Inc.
  • The Chicago Metropolitan Big Brother Big Sisters, Executive Vice-Chair of the Board Chair, the Mentoring and Corporate Partnerships, 1999-Present
  • The National Board, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, President of Region VII, 2003-2005
  • The Chicago Foundation for Women, Long Range Planning Committee, Education Task Force member, 1986-1990
  • The Illinois Humanities Council, Governor’s Appointee, 1978-1984
  • The Eleanore Foundation, 1990-1998
  • The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, 1977-1979
  • Mayor Harold Washington’s Transition Team, the City of Chicago, 1983
  • The Education Network for Older Adults, the Chicago Community Trust, 1978-1980
  • The OD Network, Member
  • The National Society for Performance Improvement, Member
  • The American Society for Training and Development, Member
  • Society for Human Resources Management, Member
  • The National EMBA Council, Member
  • Companies that Care, Member

Selected Publications


  • The CIO’s Legacy: Leadership and Technology (Prentice-Hall Publishers) 2008
  • The Career Toolbox, Amoco Oil, 2001
  • A Guide to Adult Learning Options in Metropolitan Chicago, 1980
  • The Collected Course Guides of the School for New Learning, 1973-1981


“Scaling the Fortress: Practicing the Art of Adult Education in the 1980’s,” The Continuing Education of New York Magazine, 1988


  • “No Turning Back: The Honors Semester as a Catalyst for Developmental Change,” Chapter in The Forum, 1992
  • “Bridging-Quality as Seen from the Prospective of the Adult Learner,” chapter in manuscript Promises to Keep, edited by Carol G. Schneider, 1980


  • “Football: An American Festival”, “Thrashin’: Men, Steam, and their Plowing Machines,” and “Ireland: What it Means to be Celtic,” 1982-1985
  • “Project Discovery: Living and Learning”, 1980