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Learn what local and national media are saying about Dr. Marshack and her work with entrepreneurial couples and the ASD community.


Television Appearances

KATU – AM Northwest - Watch Dr. Marshack’s “Going Over the Edge?”book interview on Asperger’s Syndrome.
CNN - Entrepreneurs Only
CTV/GLOBAL (Toronto, Canada)
Lifetime Channel – New Attitudes
KPTV – Good Day Oregon
KGW - TV News

Radio Appearances
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BBC World Service – Newsday – Interviewed by Owen Clegg 10/7/14 (Click here to listen)
BBC World Service – Newsday – Interviewed by Nuala McGovern 10/7/14 (Click here to listen)
Voice of America - Career Contentment Radio - 2/14/08 show 
The John Adams Show - "Bed, Business & Beyond (Click here to listen)
Lifestyle CEO Internet Radio Show - Entrepreneurial Couples 
NPR, Business - When Divorce Leads to a Happily Ever After for a Small Business” (Click here to listen)
NPR, Marketplace Money, "All in the Family" 
Public Radio, Marketplace Money
Public Radio International, Marketplace
Today’s Black Woman Radio
Business News Network, National Business Day
KEX Radio
National Public Radio, At Heart

"The intelligence, talent, and personality that you brought to the program really gave our listeners the opportunity to be enlightened by your expertise on families in business."
James A. Muhammad, Producer of At Heart

Print Media
(partial list)

Huffington Post, November 17, 2015 Click here to read the full article, I Can't Fake It Until I Make It – I'm Autistic by Dr. Jordan c. Schaul. Dr. Kathy Marshack is quoted: “Regardless of where an individual falls on the autism spectrum, lack of empathy is the defining characteristic. Empathy is that ineffable skill of reading between the lines, knowing where the other person is coming from, sizing up the context and speaking in a way that respectfully cares for the feelings of others. "High Functioning Autism" is such a misnomer. What good is it to be brilliant, talented, well-educated or good looking, if you can't connect with others in a way that makes them feel acknowledged and cared for... and want to love you back?"

BBC Capital, May 18, 2015 Click here to read the full article, Would you go into business with your husband? by Kate Ashford. Dr. Kathy Marshack shared valuable tips every entrepreneurial couple should think about before going into business together and added, “Couples plunge into the business and forget that they should also make time for themselves as a couple, as a family, as individuals. There are things they put on hold until the business gets off the ground and five years later there are a lot of things in their personal life that aren’t working.”

SFARI (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative), July 31, 2014 Click here to read the full article, Suicidal thoughts alarmingly common in people with autism, by Sarah DeWeerdt. Dr. Kathy Marshack is interviewed about what it’s like to have an autistic child express suicidal thoughts. While this is a painful topic, Dr. Marshack was glad to contribute to further understanding an issue that has for too long been ignored.

The British Guardian, April 2014 – Click here to read the entire article, "How to be successful and happy running a business with your spouse", by Mark Williams.  "The main problem when working with loved ones is linked to relationship intensity," says psychologist Dr Kathy Marshack. "Since we care more about what they think of us and vice versa, the work and home environment can become ripe for conflict. Drawing a convenient line between personal and business isn't realistic. Couples need to be good at transitioning between the two, which they'll need to do many times each day. I believe that those who have proved themselves capable as individuals before starting a business together usually do much better. Then you both know that you could do it alone, but that you'd rather run your business with your loved one. That's a strong position to be in."

NPR, April 17, 2014 Click here to read the entire article by Yuki Noguchi “When Divorce Leads to a Happily Ever After for a Small Business”.  After talking about how family businesses can be torn apart, Kathy Marshack, Ph.D., a psychologist and family-business counselor in Portland, Ore., commented “It's easy to be blind about love or business, but it's also unwise. We just believe that if we love somebody that should be the tie that binds us together in loyalty forever. But we live here on Earth, and all kinds of things happen here." 

The New York Times, November 2013 – Click here to read the entire article. Together, at Home and at Work by Bruce Feiler. “When you work with your spouse, you’re going to be challenged all the time by the way they think, including the way they think about you. That makes you introspective. It makes you work on yourself and the relationship. And that can’t be bad,” says Dr. Kathy Marshack, a Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR – based psychologist and family business coach who is the author of Entrepreneurial Couples: Making it Work at Work and at Home. “At work I always tell people never compromise unless you absolutely have to. When you’re working with your spouse, you’re going to be tempted to compromise, because that’s what you do at home. But that’s not good for business.”

Everyday Health, July 2012 - Click here to read the entire article. Coping with a Partner's Asperger's Syndrome by Regina Boyle Wheeler. "Lack of empathy is one of the most challenging problems for someone with Asperger's who is in a relationship, say Kathy Marshack, PhD, a psychologist in Vancouver, Wash., who works with couples affected by Asperger's Syndrome and the author of Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going Over the Edge?"

SmartMoney Magazine, August 2011 - ADHD: Why Some Entrepreneurs Call ADHD a Superpower by Dyan Machan. "If at all possible, folks in Ferree's position should get a personal assistant to sweat the small stuff, advises Kathy Marshack, a psychologist in Portland whose practice treats folks who fit the ADHD description. When it comes to those kinds of errors, she says, "people don't care if you mean it or not." "

Inc. Magazine, March 2010 - Click here to read the entire article. How to Run a Family Business by Christine Lagorio. "When drafting a business plan – or even just laying the groundwork by brainstorming collective dreams for your company's future – its important to reflect on what makes you and your family unique, advises Kathy Marshack, a Vancouver and Portland-based psychologist and family business coach who is the author of Entrepreneurial Couples: Making it Work at Work and at Home."

Longmont Time Calls Newspaper, November 2009 - Love Can Prevail by Pam Mellskog - "Psychologist and marriage counselor Kathy J. Marshack recently tailored a book to address communication issues in this subculture titled, Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going over the Edge? Practical Steps to Saving You and Your Relationship (Austism Asperger Publishing Company 2009). According to Marshack, “Most adults with Asperger Syndrome are undiagnosed. So, someone’s smart, financially successful husband could have AS … and can pass for normal, except at home.”

Pequenas Empresas & Grandes Negocios, January 2008 Amantes Profissionais — Kathy Marshack was interviewed on entrepreneurial couples for a popular magazine in Brazil.

CNNMoney.com, February 2008 - Click here to read the entire article. Unlimited Partnership: Couples in Business — Kathy Marshack, author of Entrepreneurial Couples: Making It Work at Work and at Home, says, "Husband and wife teams are investigating different markets all over the world."

SmartMoney.com, January 2008 - Balancing Work and Life: Siblings and Business Partners — Learning to forge a new professional relationship can be tough for sibling business partners, especially at the beginning, says Kathy Marshack...Before going into business together, siblings should decide the positions they'll take based on skills, rather than family hierarchy or history, Marshack suggests.

CNNMoney.com, January 2008 - Click here to read the entire article.Business Partners in Love — All too often, couples working together fall into stereo-typical gender roles, with women doing the bulk of the support work, says Kathy Marshack, a psychologist and author of "Entrepreneurial Couples: Making It Work at Work and at Home." And pay both partners a decent wage. "I am still shocked at how many women in these businesses agree not to take a salary," says Marshack.

Inc. Magazine, January 2008 - "Til Death Do Us Part — Kathy Marshack, a psychologist and family-business coach, says the increase in the number of women choosing an entrepreneurial path is playing a role in the growth of husband-wife teams. "In the past, men tended to open a business and often a wife is helping, but he doesn't always see her as his partner," Marshack says. "Now, women are more entrepreneurial and recognizing that more in themselves than they used to."

Business Week, Oct/Nov 2007 - Click here to read the entire article.
Forming a more perfect union — "You probably will have more arguments, for the simple reason you'll be spending more time together," says Kathy Marshack, a Vancouver (Wash.) psychologist and business consultant who specializes in entrepreneurial couples. "You have to be willing to get through the arguments."

Daily News, October 2007 - Tips for Hillary on turning 60 - by the books - "There's nothing like spending some time in jail to teach you life's great lesson," decrees the briefly incarcerated Dr. Kathy Marshack.

USA Today, July 23, 2007 - Click here to read the entire article.
A long shadow is lifted on Asperger's in adults— "Ten years ago, Kathy Marshack, a psychologist in Vancouver, Wash., was unfamiliar with Asperger's syndrome in adults. Asperger's is a condition on the spectrum of autism disorders that most people associate with children and teens, but Marshack has about 15 patients who are either adults with Asperger's or are the spouses or grown children of them."

San Francisco Chronicle, April 11, 2007 - Couples in business together need to define roles, set limits — "Little things are going to pop up every day that you only saw once a week or once a month before. You're going to be inundated by things you love (about your spouse), but also things you don't like."

The Sun, September 26, 2007 - Click here to read the entire article. "Meet duo who sex up work" - Dr. Kathy Marshack, a family/business coach believes couples need to talk lots about problems so they can overcome them. "Some couples may even drive to work separately to keep their independence," she says.

Columbian, October 1, 2006 - Silver belles — (Dr. Marshack isn't your ordinary psychologist, she enjoys sharing a more personal story.) "Vancouver psychologist Kathy Marshack says some people are surprised that she, a professional woman, doesn't dye her hair."

Dance Retailer News, September, 2005 - Is working with your mate working? — "I have met too many entrepreneurial couples where the only thing holding them together is the business."

Argus Leader, June, 2005 - Making a marriage work at work — "When you work with your spouse, you just have to expect to have more arguments than if you didn't work together."

Inc. Magazine, April 2005 - For rewriting the rules for husband-and-wife teams — "Lots of husband-and-wife teams won't acknowlege their competitive personalities, so this sounds like an ideal setup because it levels the playing field for each one's strengths."

Jewish Times, March, 2005 - Working Couples — "Dr. Marshack says these couples should set aside time for both themselves, and for each other."

Turning Point Magazine, January/February 2005 - What's love got to do with it? — "Marshack cautions couples to first consider their personality type before going into business together."

Ladies Home Journal, December 2004
Should you lend to friends and family?—"Marshack says you need to mentally prepare for not getting the money back, as your peace of mind is worth much more than holding anger at a family member or friend."

Inc. Magazine, October 2004 - HOW TO... Work (If You Must) With Your Spouse—"There's potential for tremendous personal growth. When you're confronted constantly by someone who knows you so well, you're going to have an extraordinary oppportunity to work on your flaws and develop as a person."

The Washington Post, April 13, 2004 - Spouses On the Job, Working Things Out—"Actually, Marshack suggests "implementing a 'cutoff time' for work conversations at home, as well as even driving to work separately" to make a clearer separation between home and work."

My Business Magazine, Feb/March, 2004  - Sister Act—"Dr. Kathy Marshack, a licensed psychologist and family business counselor, offers five questions to ask yourself before going into business with a sibling."

Vows: The Bridal & Wedding Business Journal, May/June, 2003 - "And the tension the Posners felt in that cramped office is typical of couples in business, says Dr. Kathy Marshack. 'The thing that I would like people to realize is that there's a lot of good reasons you're working with you're partner.' "

Interior Business Magazine, May/June, 2003 - Two's Co.— "According to Marshack, spouses who establish clearly defined, separate roles will alleviate any reporting confusion for employees and create important boudaries for themselves."

Profit Magazine, April/May, 2003 - In love and business— "In fact, Marshack says, entrepreneurial couples have a greater potential for a breakdown in communication than other partners. The reason? To ward off conflict, they often fail to face issues head-on."

Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2003 - Married, with a business— " 'People tend to be a little naive when they open a business together,' Marshack said. 'They underestimate the way opening a business will intensify their relationship.' "

My Business Magazine, FEB/MAR 2003 - Married with business — "Says Dr. Marshack 'We want to feel like we're comfortable with our sweetheart. But you've got to be as proper and polite with your spouse as you would with anyone else.' "

Family Business Magazine, Winter 2003 - Couples' Checklist for Success— "Kathy J. Marshack offers this checklist of ten essential factors for a thriving business and a strong marriage."

The Oregonian, July 19, 2002 - Women Acting Up — " 'What you're seeing are more women willing to break with tradition,' Marshack says. Older woman-younger man couples can be as haapy as anyone else, she says."

The Columbian, February 19, 2002 - Tragedy forces family to learn business quickly— " 'It's human nature not to want to face death,' Marshack said. 'If you don't plan, you are leaving family members hanging out to dry. It certainly would be nice to have all that in place so everybody knows what to do next.' "

The Central New York Business Journal, December 28, 2001 - A woman's place? — "Communication is a key point when it comes to compensating women in the family business. 'Men are very willing to listen, but women want men to figure it out,' Marshack says. 'They probably need to speak up. Most of the time, men had no idea it was a problem.' "

Bankrate.com, July, 2001 - Click here to read the article. "Leaving the cubicle for your own company" — "She notes that business success has nothing to do with intelligence, nothing to do with how much backing you have, nothing to do with what industry you're in or what product you're trying to develop. 'The only thing that's relevant is if the person is tenacious,' says Marshack. 'If they're willing to just hand in there and keep plugging away at it, they will probably be successful. You have to believe in yourself.' "

Entrepreneur's Start-Ups Magazine, June, 2001 - For Better or for Worse— "But Gen X couples are challenging the tradional roles of copreneur relationships. 'With more women starting their own businesses, styles are changing for entrepreneurial couples,' says Marshack. 'Gen X women are very comforable being leaders in their field. They don't feel they have to defer to men, and the men think, I follow talent - it doesn't have to be a man.'"

The Spokesman Review, May 27, 2001 - Is it in you? — "Since owning a business takes a lot of time and energy, Marshack said she recommends that couples get their health and personal lives in order before embarking on a new venture."

Springfield News, May 20, 2001 - Partnerships- Some married couples in business together, too— "Marshack became interested in entrepreneuerial couples when she noted the number who were concerned about how the business affected their marriage. Some were arguing and feared the business would destroy their relationship. Being in a business relationship can strengthen a marriage, she says because couples work through difficult situations together."

Family Business Magazine, Spring, 2001 - Online advice for executive couples— "So it probably was inevitable that a family-business consultant would offer counseling online. Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D., P.S., a licensed psychologist based in Vancouver, Wash., has launched www.executivecouples.com, which features articles, exercises, audio and video clips and - yes-online consultations."

Fortune Small Business Magazine, April, 2001 - Till Death (or bankruptcy) Do Us Part— "According to Marshack, the family business coach, people who are 'used to being equal partners at home' can have trouble adjusting to a boss-subordinate workplace relationship with their spouse."

Peoria Journal Star, March 13, 2001 - Unique issues come under scrutiny at BU breakfast meeting — "Marshack said she observed that in marriage counseling, issues often overlapped between work and home. 'Roles overlap. You can't artificially separate them.' "

The Oregonian, March 4, 2001 - Flaunt it, baby! Flirting's fun, but also part of our nature— "As a therapist, I am frequently teaching people how to flirt," Marshack says. "I'm talking to them about how to be responsible about it."

Entrepreneur Magazine, February 2001
All Kidding Aside — " 'Self-made millionaires really need to pay attention to what values they're passing on to their children,' says Kathy Marshack."

The Oregonian, November 23, 2000 - Holidays — "Realize that people mean well," Marshack says, "that deep down inside, they are doing their best."

Washington Post, October 14, 2000 - When Selling Becomes a Joint Effort — "When husbands and wives work together, there's a tendency for the woman to start downplaying her leadership role, feeling in some way that she can't upset her husband's ego," said Kathy Marshack.

Business Advisor, Sep/Oct 2000 - Down the Aisle and Into the Office — "Despite the trouble areas that might arise when working with a spouse, the benefits usually make it all worthwhile. "Part of the appeal is that you have someone who will be as committed as you are," says Marshack. At least now you'll have someone to hold your hand."

Automotive Body Repair News, October 2000 - Making the Most of the Marriage Merger — "Avoid feeling pressured into thinking you have to structure and organize your business like anyone else. "Design a system that works for you," Marshack says. Take inventory of each other's skills and work habits, and build your company around them."

The Globe and Mail, August 10, 2000 - A little push can help entrepreneurs "Ms. Marshack outlines ways couples can deal with the traps they fall into when working together, but says that couples need to communicate and realize that the business is theirs."

Business Week Frontier, June 12, 2000 - Married to the Business "You have to toughen up your skin and not be afraid of conflict and confrontation. It's not just the business that's at stake, it's the personal relationship." In fact, says Marshack, many such couples she has studied say it's just too stressful. Often, they opt out of the business to save the marriage."

Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2000 - Loving your work — "People think working together will make up for not going to dinner together, says Marshack, author of ENTREPRENEURIAL COUPLES: Making It Work at Work and at Home (Davies-Black Publishing, 1998). "But being in meeting after meeting with your spouse is not quality time."

High Volume Printing, April 2000 - Are Your Children Ready to Run the Family Business? — Even women who are natural leaders need training, says Marshack. "Often, the wife has managed the nuturing side and feels it’s not her place to make decisions. She has not been trained to be decisive or to be a visionary. Yet, many of these women are left in charge of the business when the founder dies."

San Francisco Examiner, October 10, 1999 - A couple of problems — Kathy Marshack, author of "Entrepreneurial Couples: Making It Work at Work and at Home," agrees that professional jealousy and competition between spouses is an often overlooked factor behind marital tension.

The New York Times, June 13, 1999 - Working at Home: For Better, for Worse — As Kathy Marshack suggests, when you sit across from your partner at a home business meeting in your jammies, the wrong presumptions may be made.

The Oregonian, February 26, 1999 - Life partners, business rivals — "If you view competition as fun, it’s a better way than if you take it personally; it just improves you," said Dr. Kathy Marshack, a nationally recognized Vancouver psychologist who works with entrepreneurial couples and family businesses.

The Reflector, February 10, 1999 - Couples can get along in business — Marshack offered advice on ways to create a healthy workplace, and a methodology to help couples analyze their management styles.

The Boston Globe, December 1, 1998 - Marriages That Work: While it’s not for everyone, couples who work together find flexibility lessens stress

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, November 1998 Issue - Partners in More Way Than One — "When husbands and wives begin working together, they don’t know how to divide responsibilities any other way than along traditional male-female lines," says psychologist Kathy Marshack.

The Oregonian, November 5, 1998
Mixing business, marriage tricky — Indeed, the copreneurial husband works an average of 60 hours a week, according to a 1993 study by Kathy J. Marshack, a Vancouver psychologist and business consultant who specializes in copreneurs. The copreneurial wife puts in an average of 47 hours a week, plus another 15 at home.

The Oregonian, October 6, 1998 - Lessons for a family business — "There is a powerful need in all of us to keep our family going, and when you have a family that runs a business together, the business gets confused with the family," said Kathy J. Marshack, a licensed psychologist and family business consultant in Vancouver, Wash. "It’s important to recognize that the business is a metaphor for the family and not really what the family is."

The Columbian, March 30, 1999 - Finding balance at work and home — Be prepared to handle success. Marshack has often seen families who don’t understand the social and emotional aspects of wealth. Mistakes can lead to spouses or children who are depressed and needy.

The Plain Dealer, August 1998 - How to decide if spouses should be business partners — Without good communication, relationships flounder or fail, especially among couples with the stress of two careers or a joint enterprise, says Kathy Marshack.

Hartford Business Journal, March 23-29, 1998 - Copreneurially coping — Marshack says copreneurs can avoid potential pitfalls by establishing boundaries – both physical and psychological – between work and home. For example, she says: discuss only work issues while in the office; turn the telephone off at designated times; don’t bring a datebook into the home; and drive into work separately (if applicable).

Nation’s Business, October 1996 - Case Study: A Brother Falls on Hard Times

Contra Costa Times, February 25, 1996 - Married, with Business — A demanding work schedule and lack of autonomy can create hostility that eats away at the marriage and the business. It’s something dual career couples, those who hold independent jobs, struggle with less, Marshack said, since they don’t define themselves professionally in relationship to their spouse.

Daily Journal of Commerce, December 2, 1994 - Side by side — About half of all U.S. businesses are family owned, either jointly owned or sole proprietorships, Marshack said. Few people realize that they work for a family business, she said.