Marilyn Moats Kennedy (1943 – 2017)

Marilyn Moats Kennedy , Chicago Keynote Speaker for Business

Marilyn Moats Kennedy

Marilyn Moats Kennedy, 73, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at JourneyCare Hospice at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She had been battling ovarian cancer for nearly two years. She died peacefully in her sleep with her husband at her side.

She is survived by her husband Daniel J. Kennedy, Jr of Chicago, IL; daughter, Anne Kennedy McGuire and her husband, Michael and their sons Declan and Brennan of Chappaqua, NY; her sister Evelyn Munger of Phoenix, AZ; her brother, Orin Lloyd Moats, Jr of Stilwell, KS; her half brother Jerry Jeffries of Kansas City, KS as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Orin Lloyd Moats; her mother Georgia Moats; and her aunt Eula White.


Born in Kansas City, KS on April 15, 1943, she attended Quindaro elementary school, Northwest Junior High School and Wyandotte High School, graduating in 1961. At Northwestern University‘s Medill School of Journalism she earned a BSJ in 1965 and an MSJ in 1966. She married Daniel in 1967. They previously lived in Evanston, IL, then Wilmette, IL.

Marilyn began her career as a teacher and administrator at DePaul University in Chicago. She started a business, Career Strategies, to help people plan and navigate their careers. She later founded Moats-Kennedy, Inc. through which she provided consulting, seminars and speeches to individuals, businesses and associations. Marilyn was Job Strategies editor for Glamour magazine for 18 years.

She wrote six books on career planning and office politics, wrote and published a monthly newsletter and wrote columns for many business and professional publications. She is a member of Medill’s Journalism Hall of Achievement and a founding member of Council of 100, a group of highly successful alumnae who mentor female students at NU. She was a dear friend and mentor to many.


A memorial service will be held at a later date. Additional details available at Elements, the cremation company, 855-550-5151,


If Marilyn was special to you, you can share that with her husband Daniel Kennedy at 1155 West Madison, Suite 605, Chicago IL 60607.

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Marilyn Moats Kennedy: Mentor and Human Being Extraordinaire


Memorial donations may be made to the:

Marilyn Moats Kennedy Scholarship Fund
at Northwestern University-MEDILL
1201 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60208

Speaking Referrals

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