About Marianne Kilkenny


Marianne is a consultant, conference planner, group facilitator, educator, trailblazer and “The Grand Nudge” who helps individuals and groups create innovative models for living and aging in community.  She founded the Women for Living in Community Network and co-created the Women Living in Community conferences.

Marianne is recognized as a national expert on the Golden Girls shared home model, and lives in a collaborative house with four other adults in Asheville, N.C. She has been interviewed about the financial, safety and social benefits of this innovative lifestyle on NBC Nightly News, CBS Early Show, ABC News, The New York Times and NPR, featured in print articles in Reuters, Smart Money and AARP Magazine, and conducted numerous interviews for radio programs, print publications and internet blog sites.

A popular and entertaining presenter, she gives workshops throughout the U.S. on new models for living, including Aging in Community, Creating Community for the Second Half of Life, and Community – A Solution to “Bag Lady Fear Syndrome (BLFS).”Please click here for a list of speaking topics.

Marianne is actively enjoying a community lifestyle herself and actively helping others to create multi-generational sustainable living models. She has a zest for life and brings her sense of humor with her wherever she goes.

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