Work Filley Hall (FYH) 58B
Lincoln NE 68583-0922
Work 402-472-4138 On campus, dial 2-4138
Marilyn serves as a Community Vitality Initiative Extension Educator within the University of Nebraska—Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics. She focuses on business, community, and economic development. Schlake served as a Gallup Entrepreneur Acceleration System (EAS) coach and is currently certified as a Gallup Employee Engagement coach and Strategic Leadership coach. She is also a Stronger Economies Together Coach, working with leadership in five Southeast Nebraska counties to develop economic plans. She currently serves as Chairman-elect for NETForce and Summit planning team. She also serves on numerous positions for local community and service organizations.


  • MS, Peru State College, 2010
  • BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1984

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Beyond Lemonade Stands to Main Street Business Development: An Assessment of a Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum, Journal of Extension, June 2017
  • Community Engagement: Nice Principles, Cornhusker Economics, June 2015
  • ESI: Discover the E-Scene, EntrepreneurShip Investigation
  • ESI: The Case of ME, EntrepreneurShip Investigation
  • ESI: Your Business Inspection, EntrepreneurShip Investigation
  • How Should I Price my Product or Service?, University of Nebraska Extension Circular, September 2015
  • Ensuring Nonprofit Impacts Through Strategic Planning, Cornhusker Economics, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Stronger Economies Together Program, Purdue University, October 2013


  • Vision into Action, Heartland Center for Leadership Development/Nebraska Extension, Webinar
  • Creating Future Problem-Solvers, Nebraska Association of School Boards, LaVista, NE
  • Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities: A Step to Creating Communities that Rock, National Association of Community Development Extension Professional, Cleveland, OH

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, Nebraska Entrepreneurial Taskforce, 2016
  • Thousand Oaks Alumni Excellence Award, Peru State College, 2019

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