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Marilyn Stocker

Title/s:  Senior Lecturer

Office #:  Lewis Towers 401

Phone: 312.915.6501

Email: mstocke@luc.edu


An organization development consultant, executive coach, and management consultant, Stocker teaches courses on organizations, including development and change in the workplace. She received her doctorate in Organization Behavior and Adult Learning from Northwestern University.



  • 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

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