Marilyn was one of the first women to forge a career in the constuction industry as the co-owner, vice-president and director of the Adjustable Joist Company that built many of the first skyscrapers in America. Marilyn developed the company's equal opportunity programs and served as the company's representative to the industry-lobbying group, the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.Throughout her career Marilyn has served as a champion of gender equality inside and outside of the workplace. She has been an influential force in civic, philanthropic and educational endeavors. She has also been a dynamic advocate for the advancement of women in the Twin Cities community. Marilyn was one of the early members of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). In 1974, Marilyn initiated and chaired People Power, which was the first national conference on voluntarism. She received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006.Marilyn has worked tirelessly on behalf of the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Foundation, the University Women's Cancer Center and the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Marilyn served as chair of the Board of Trustees for Metropolitan State University.
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