Speaking and Consultation


For parents of K-12 students: Preparing students for college success begins early. Marjorie frequently speaks to parents at private and public schools about setting expectations for the college years, preparing students for the responsibilities of college life, and developing a family relationship--based on love and respect--that will last a lifetime.

For parents of college students: The college years are the beginning of a new, adult relationship between children and parents--one that affects all members of the family. Marjorie presents talks at college/university parent orientation programs and Parent and Family weekend events to help parents understand the transition they and their children (and maybe even the family dog) are experiencing.

For higher education professionals, colleges, and universities: Faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education are often surprised by the level of involvement today's students have with their parents. The common question comes in the form of, "When I was in college, I didn't see my parents for three or four months at a time, and if they were lucky, I'd call home on Sunday evening. Why are today's students on the phone with their parents every day?" Marjorie has spoken nationally and internationally on the topic of the family role in students' lives, presenting at higher education institutions as well as for professional organizations and academic consortia.


Marjorie has 20 years of experience with external program reviews, assessments, and consultation for institutions establishing, reorganizing, and assessing parent/family relations.



Selected Presentations and consultation

  • Jefferson High School, Bloomington, MN (2014)
  • Case Western University, Cleveland, OH (2013)
  • Australia-New Zealand Student Services, Association, Wellington, NZ (2013)
  • CIEE Study Abroad, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
  • Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, MN (2013)
  • Parent Fundraising Conference, Ann Arbor, MI (2013)
  • Confederation of Student Services in Ireland, Dundalk, Ireland (2013)
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators, St. Louis, MO (2013)
  • NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in HIgher Education, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Wright State University, Dayton, OH (2013)