About Marcy

Marcy Levy Shankman, Ph. D.Marcy Levy Shankman, Ph. D. has been training and consulting in leadership development and organizational effectiveness since 1998. As the principal and sole proprietor of MLS Consulting,LLC, Marcy helps people and organizations unlock and achieve their potential.

Marcy works with clients to address issues and challenges individuals and organizations face in today’s ever-changing climate.  From strategic planning to leadership coaching, Marcy works with her clients to identify their strengths, confront their limitations, and design strategies for action for on-going, sustainable success. Clients work with Marcy to design and deliver professional development seminars, board and staff retreats, and conference workshops. In addition, Marcy partners with clients to facilitate strategic planning, visioning, and organizational development initiatives to bring about lasting change.

An accomplished and prolific writer, Marcy co-authored Emotionally intelligent leadership:  A guide for college students (Jossey-Bass, 2008) with Dr. Scott J. Allen.  Together, Marcy and Scott have collaborated on four companion resources to create the series Emotionally intelligent leadership for students:  Inventory, Facilitation and Activities Guide, Development Guide, and Student Workbook. Marcy has also co-authored numerous articles for association magazines and peer reviewed journals.

Marcy has applied her unique insights and capabilities to deliver meaningful and lasting impact for a broad spectrum of organizations. Helping clients develop compelling organizational mission and vision statements leads to a dynamic and powerful strategic plan. Current and past clients include Voices for Ohio’s Children, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, the Gathering Place, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Hathaway Brown School, Case Western Reserve University, and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority. These clients, and many others, have sought Marcy’s perspective, expertise, and facilitation skills to help enhance the impact, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization.  In each of these efforts, Marcy develops a unique approach to meet the client’s needs, interests, and desired outcomes.

Marcy teaches courses at the Mandel School for Nonprofit Management at Case Western Reserve University, the Diversity Management Program at Cleveland State University, and the David Brain Leadership Program of Baldwin-Wallace College.  Prior to this year, Marcy taught for five years as part of the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University. Courses range from human resource management in nonprofit organizations to leadership theory. Marcy serves as the leadership skills and career coach for MBA students at John Carroll University.

Prior to establishing her training and consulting practice, Marcy held professional positions with the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, the Hillel Foundation at The George Washington University, and the Office of Orientation Services at the University of Iowa.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park, Marcy earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in higher education administration in 2001, with organizational creation as her dissertation focus.

Marcy volunteers for the United Way’s Organizational Assessment Committee, the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, and Temple Emanu El. This year, she serves as co-chair of the PTO at a local elementary school.

Marcy lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband Brett, daughter Rebecca, and son Joshua.

What Clients Have Said

We could not be happier with the outcomes of our work with Marcy. She took a custom approach to our professional development and program planning needs. Marcy is committed, flexible, professional, and took ownership of every aspect of our work together. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Marcy and highly recommend the services of MLS Consulting!

Mike Kenney, Co-Director & Co-Founder
Waiting Child Fund