Instructor Bio ~ Marilyn Stephens
Marilyn Stephens is the Data Dissemination Specialist, Media Lead, and Congressional Liaison for the United States Census Bureau, Atlanta Region. The Atlanta Region is responsible for census operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. Specifically, she is the primary Census Bureau outreach representative for the states of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi and the congressional liaison for all seven states.
For the 2010 Census, she held the position of Assistant Regional Census Manager, the third level of supervision for the Atlanta Regional Census Center. In this capacity, she was responsible for 5 program coordinators, more than 400 partnership specialists, media specialists, partnership assistants and clerical support staff.
During her tenure with the Census Bureau, she has also worked in the Chicago Region; and held several positions: Partnership Coordinator; Program Manager of the Partnership and Data Services Program; Supervisory Survey Statistician; and Partnership Specialist.
She has received many honors, including Director’s innovation award, one of Chicago’s top business and professional women, Federal Employee of the Year nominee (1999, 2001), Essence Magazine, Research Executive of the Year, and two Bronze Medal awards (highest meritorious honor given by the Census Bureau). She received an appointment to the Board of Directors of the South Florida Federal Executive Board. Federal Executive Boards were established by President John F. Kennedy and have been reauthorized by every President.
She is one of the most requested Census Bureau speakers. To date, she has facilitated more than 800 workshops and presentation across the country: BET Network, Inc.; Wal-mart’s Diversity Summit; Operation PUSH Convention; American Small Business Development Center Association; Target Market News MAXX Summit; Spike Lee, DDB; Aflac; National City Bank; 20th Century Fox’s Hispanic Summit; General Mills Corporation; Advertising Research Foundation; Southeast Florida Library Institute Network; Florida A&M University; Florida International University; Roosevelt University; University of Central Florida; University of Mississippi; Chicago State University; Small Business Resource Network of Florida; Eco Latino Media Group; Winn-Dixie Corporation; Bi-Lo Holdings, Inc.; Chrysler Corporation; Nissan North America Corporate Headquarters; Toyota USA, Inc.
The Miami, Florida native earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from DePaul University.