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Calling Forth the Best in Each of Us

to Create a World for All of Us.

Marilyn Levin

Marilyn Levin

Social Entrepreneur / Author / Speaker & Trainer

Kidney Donor 2008

Calling Forth the Best in All of Us

In all of my work, whether it is founding organizations, launching projects, speaking, training, writing, consulting, hosting events or convening groups, my intention is to uncover and transform the barriers to human beings authentic capacity for greatness – for caring, courage and compassion. This is not work for the mild at heart, but it is what is being called for in these turbulent times and luckily it is an exhilarating and worthy journey.

Professional Bio:

Marilyn Levin, MSW is a social entrepreneur focused on catalyzing the global transformation that is underway. She is an award winning activist, a professional speaker and trainer and the author of Experiential Activities for a Better World. She has founded several non-profits and served as Campaign Director for Four Years Go. She currently serves as Executive Director of KINS Innovation Networks where her focus is on the We Go High Project.

Green America

KINS Innovation

Sponsored Program of Green America

We Go High Project

Sponsored Program of Green America

Founded Global Sufficience Network 2008

Personal Bio:

People who know me say it is my infectious enthusiasm, authenticity, playfulness and sense of possibility that has enabled me to fulfill on my life purpose thus far and drives me to play big!  My unrelenting passion is to clear a new pathway forward for us all so that we can contribute to a better world in ways that are more effective and less toxic so that we actually end up with a better world instead of cascading into more chaos and catastrophe. And I KNOW WE CAN DO IT!

Those who benefit most

Those who benefit most from a consulting relationship with Marilyn are those who are looking for a speaker/trainer with broad based, real world experience. She has extensive experience in diversity, inclusivity, personal and global transformation, transformational activism and leveraging privilege for the good of all. She specializes in empowering people to thrive in tough times and challenging circumstances.

Igniting Passion Power & Possibility

Marilyn Levin, M.S.W. uses her talents as a trainer and speaker to ignite the passion, power and possibility that lives within each of us!

Marilyn has presented well over 500 workshops, speeches or seminars to over 15,000 people since 1999.

Marilyn’s clients rave about her ability to make topics engaging, relevant and enjoyable for her participants.  In particular, Marilyn is a master at taking topics that have the potential to be controversial, problematic or uninteresting to her audiences and making them come alive even for the most reticent participants.

Participants consistently leave Marilyn’s presentations with a clearer sense of their value in the world, an increased awareness of their strengths and abilities and an enhanced sense of power and possibility!

Marilyn presents dynamic and experiential keynotes, seminars and workshops. Marilyn uses a high energy, humorous, experiential approach to explore topics like:

  • Going High When Others Go Low
  • Truly Thriving in Tough Times
  • Surviving the Stress Shit Storm
  • Self Care Camp for Hot Messes
  • Experiential Approaches to Teaching and Training
  • Navigating the Healing Journey

Also available – Train the Trainers – on any of above topics

Author of Experiential Activities for a Better World

Experiential Activities for a Better World delivers the information and inspiration you need to become a catalyst for personal and global transformation. It provides insights, methods, perspectives, tools and over 100 activities for facilitators, teachers, counselors, trainers, and group leaders – anyone who would like to transform injustice and inspire hope and healing in themselves and others.

Marilyn received the “Karl Rohnke Creativity Award” in 2012 by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) for her outstanding commitment to experiential education principles as evidenced through the design, creation and/or production of experiential education resources.

Expanded version of book with additional activities and materials with Spanish speaking cultures in mind is now available in Spanish.

Versión ampliada del libro con otras actividades y materiales de lengua española culturas en mente ahora está disponible en español –

Affiliations & Honors
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Seven Rivers LGBT Resource Center (2014)
  • Certified Peace Ambassador (2012)
  • Karl Rohnke Creativity Award from AEE (Association for Experiential Education) (2012)
  • Diverse and Resilient – Governor’s Commendation (2007)
  • Diverse and Resilient – Adult Ally of the Year (2006)
  • Quest for Global Healing Conference participant (2004)
  • 2005 Couleecap Community Activist Award
  • Activist of the Year 2001, YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women
  • Past Chair, Professional Group Leadership Council, and Past Board Member, Association for Experiential Education
  • Professional Member, National Speakers Association & NSA-Wisconsin
  • Masters Degree in Social Welfare; Certified as an Advanced Practice Social Worker
  • Past Branch Chair and Board Member, National Association of Social Workers – Wisconsin
  • Courage Award, Wisconsin AIDS Fund, 2000
  • Adjunct Instructor, Viterbo University and University of Wisconsin Madison Extension, 2001
  • Youth Advocacy Award, National Youth Advocacy Coalition, 2000
  • Founder of GALAXY (Gay Alliance of LaCrosse Area Youth), RAY (Rainbow Alliance for Youth) and Coulee Region Social Justice Coalition
  • Certified Challenge Course Facilitator, Courses in Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Texas
Partial List of Clients
  • Absence of Color Conference
  • Americorps
  • American Camping Association-Mid-States Conference
  • Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education Conference
  • Association of Experiential Education International Conferences
  • Association of Experiential Education Heartland Region Conferences, West Region Conference, Northeast Region Conference
  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • Black River Falls Middle School
  • Camp Anytown Leadership Institute
  • Center for Urban Population Health
  • Community Action Program
  • Couleecap, Inc.
  • Community Action Program, Inc.
  • Coulee Region Mediation & Restorative Justice
  • Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice
  • Dane County Human Services
  • Diverse & Resilient
  • Family and Children’s Center
  • Fundamental Change Conference
  • Girl Scouts – Riverland Council
  • GLSEN Wisconsin State Conference
  • GLSEN Leadership Institute
  • Great Rivers United Way
  • Gundersen Lutheran Social Services
  • HIV Youth Leaders Institute
  • Hmong Mutual Assistance Association
  • Independent Living Resources
  • Institute for Experiential Education
  • Institute of Noetic Sciences
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals
  • International Symposium on Peace Education – Universidad Albert Einstein
  • Institute Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • Junior Optimists & Optimists
  • La Crosse Chamber of Commerce
  • La Crosse Community Foundation
  • La Crosse County Human Services and Health Departments
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • Lakeside Wellness Conference
  • Lone Star Lion’s Eye Bank
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Martin Luther King Non-Violence Project
  • Midwest LGBT College Conference
  • Minnesota Network Building Conference
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Conference
  • National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Conference
  • National College Student Services Conference
  • National Conference for Community and Justice
  • National Conference on Student Leadership
  • National Society for Experiential Education
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition
  • North Carolina Outward Bound
  • Numerous Elementary, Middle, High Schools in Wisconsin,
  • Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas
  • Office of Judicial Education, Wisconsin
  • Options in Reproductive Care
  • Out Youth Austin
  • Parliament of the World’s Religions
  • Prescott College
  • Princeton University Outdoor Action Program
  • Remarkable Women Conference
  • Safe Schools, Safe Communities Conference
  • Social Justice Coalition Strategic Planning Retreat
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems International Conference
  • St. Cloud Children’s Home
  • Stillwater Area School District
  • Sussex School District
  • T.E.A.M. (Teachers of Experiential and Adventure Methodology)
  • United Way of Dane County
  • Unity Church of the Hills
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Whitewater (a wide variety of departments)
  • University of Wisconsin – MEPD Learning Communities, Office of Multicultural Student Services Residence Life and Student Life
  • University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • Viterbo University
  • WE World Luminate Summit
  • Western Wisconsin Technical College
  • Western Wisconsin Education Conference
  • Wisconsin Business Education Association
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Fall Conference
  • Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Peer Education Conference
  • Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice Assembly
  • Wisconsin Prevention Conference
  • Wisconsin School Counselors Association
  • Wisconsin School Psychologists Association
  • Wisconsin School Psychologists Conference
  • Wisconsin State Training Conference
  • University of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center
  • Youth Development Specialists Workshops (Diverse & Resilient)
  • Youth Resource Network
  • Youth Workers Coalition Conference
  • YWCA of the Coulee Region