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Marjorie Clifton
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Marjorie Clifton is principal of Clifton Consulting LLC and Founder of Spike the Watercooler. As a consultant, Marjorie has over 16 years of communications, media, and public affairs experience. Her work has spanned both the public and private sector, advising organizations on their strategic planning, communications, fundraising, and outreach strategies.

Her individual clients include C-level executives of Fortune 100 companies, Members of Congress, presidential campaigns, faith leaders, and advocates. Her institutional clients range from governmental organizations (U.S. Department of State, the Federal Reserve, and the U.S. Department of Energy) to large corporations (Coca Cola, Booz Allen Hamilton, Verizon, Boeing, General Motors, Pfizer, and Ebay) to non-for-profit organizations (the American Red Cross, American Medical Association, Teach for America, and the Nature Conservancy).

Marjorie is also a published author, speaker, and media commentator. Her passion is expanding women’s leadership and inspiring political participation. As part of this work, she builds and leads global training programs in media, communications, leadership, advocacy, political activism, and organizing. Her projects have spanned five continents and nearly all fifty states.

Marjorie is co-founder of Community in Her Corner, a non-profit focused on professional development and local community building for female entrepreneurs. She is also an executive board member of Running Start and co-founder of their Next Step program, which trains young women in career development and politics. She is also a board member of American University’s Women in Politics Institute.

Marjorie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from the University of Texas, where she is currently a fellow for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation. She earned her Master's degree in acting from Drama Studio in London. Marjorie currently lives in Washington, DC.

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The Stanford Sexual Assault Victim Has Broken Our Hearts: For the Better

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 3:51 PM

There hasn't been a day this week, where at a dinner or boardroom table, the topic of the Stanford sexual assault case hasn't come up. What is markedly different about this particular violent act, what has spurred so much outrage, grief, bewilderment, and therefore widespread discussion -- is the brave...

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Prince's Death Is an Opportunity to Talk to Our Kids About the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

(11) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 5:09 PM

Prince is seemingly now part of a rising death toll related to opioid use, and his death spotlights a growing threat to the health and safety of teens and adults alike. Two years ago, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 28,000 deaths from opioid overdose. Today, it...

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Grace Under Pressure: Why Difficult Situations Speak the Most About You

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 5:18 PM

When my grandfather was once asked by a banker whether a dear friend of his of 20 years was trustworthy, he famously said, "I don't know, I've never seen his back against the wall." I always wondered what he meant; after all, he had known the guy for most of...

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Get Off the Guilt Treadmill: It's Not Your Mamma's World

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 5:27 PM

I joke that, because I was raised in a Catholic family, I was given a double dose of guilt at birth. And even before becoming a mother, I carried a certain level of guilt for not living up to the multitude of "expectations" (real or self-imposed) that are set on...

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Career-Day Barbie and Stepford Wives: Don't forget they are made of plastic...

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:50 AM

We are all guilty of fantasizing about a different life, of wishing we had more money, notoriety, a better partner, interesting friends and that picture-perfect scenario we see in the movies and magazines. But we miss something by trying to uphold these perceived standards of success. We miss out on...

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The "Snowe"ball effect: Why the Loss of Olympia Signals Tragedy in Washington

(16) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 7:20 AM

As he stared down at his shoes and un-named Member of Congress recently said, "I wouldn't vote for me right now." The polarization of electoral politics has become such that we are losing the best we have in Congress. The looming question becomes, "Will any president, Republican or Democrat, be...

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Beyond Birth Control: A Southern Gal's Take on the Man Problem

(19) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 7:07 AM

I love men. My Dad is my forever hero, I have a supportive husband, three amazing brothers, and I am surrounded by incredible colleagues, friends and relatives who are my biggest professional advocates -- I would even call them "feminists" in their view of women's empowerment. But we still have...

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The Politics of Bad Timing

(9) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 6:50 AM

Anyone in politics will tell you that timing is everything, and the current media frenzy surrounding insurance coverage for birth control demonstrates that point. The highly polarized debate has given rise to allegations of governmental interference and a purported "war" on religious freedom. But much of the over-heated rhetoric is...

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Birth Control and Why the Catholic Church Needs to Inform Its Own Conscience

(626) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 6:34 AM

I am the product of 14 years of Catholic school and am a practicing Catholic, actively involved in the church all of my life. As a woman with a career in politics and women's leadership, I have quietly worked within the church to make change and have cautiously offered my...

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