Dr. Margorie Engel


ABC Good Morning America
Stepfamilies and Summer Visitations - a three-part series, New York, NY (June 2002).
Fathers and Stepfathers Parenting Together, (July 2001).
Stepfamilies and Money, New York, NY (June 1997).

NBC Today Show
Etiquette for Weddings After 50, New York, NY (May 2001).
Parenting in Stepfamilies, New York, NY (October 2000).
Stepfamilies and the Holidays, New York, NY (December 1999).
Weddings When Parents are Divorced, New York, NY (June 1999).
Money Management after a Second Marriage, New York, NY (June 1999).

ABC Once and Again
Throughout wedding-themed season finale, Lily consults book, Weddings for Complicated Families (May 2001).

Twin Cities Public Radio/​TV
Right on the Money creates stepfamily financial management, St. Paul, MN (2001).
Sound Money promotes divorce financial organization, St. Paul, MN (2001).
Right on the Money describes necessary divorce financial management, St. Paul, MN (2000).

TBS News (Japan)
A Century of Family Change in the United States, profiling stepfamilies, (2000).

Hallmark Cards
“TiesThatBind” Cards for Today’s Non-nuclear Families, Kansas City, MO (2000).

NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Documentary on Stepfamilies in the United States.Provided strategic design, segment casting, and presentation for public television (1999).

Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
Publicity consultant for “Stepmom,” starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris, (1998-1999).
“Ask the Expert” column for Columbia TriStar Interactive, Sony Pictures web site, (1998-1999).

MetLife Consumer Education Center
“Life Advice” About...Divorce (pamphlet)(1995).
“Life Advice” About...Divorce (newspaper column)(1995).

Blair Entertainment, Dover Beach Productions
Ninety 30/​60-second Family Management Business Tips for “Divorce Court” television scripts, (1992, 1993).

WMSX-AM, “The Morning Show” with Kim Schaffer
Weekly half-hour radio show on topics such as entrepreneurial business development, family rituals, divorce and money, weddings, family financial management, and remarriage/​stepfamilies, (1992, 1993).

CBS News, Personal Finance.
Designed and scripted a two-part series on Child Support After Divorce, (September/​October 1992).

Profiled/​Quoted in Print Media.
Partial list includes: New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Jewish Exponent, St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Palm Beach Post, Dallas Morning News, Oakland Tribune, San Antonio Express News, Dear Abby, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, American Way, America West Airlines, Practical Living, American Express Horizons, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, Bride Again, Wedding Guide, Cincinnati Wedding, TV Guide, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Parenting, Parent’s Magazine, Working Mother, Your Family, Teen, Cosmo Girl, Daughters, Better Homes and Gardens, More, Women's World, Mature Outlook, Divorce, Family Connections, Bottom Line Personal, SAA Families, Your Stepfamily, and Time magazine.

Profiled on Television and Radio.
ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNBC, national and local cable, CNN, NPR, Radio Liberty-Free Europe, and airline in-flight business channels.


    Dr. Margorie Engel is an author, speaker, and media consultant specializing in families complicated by divorce and remarriage. Her credentials include a 41-year business career, MA in Education Program Development, MBA in Management, and PhD in Law, Policy, and Society.

    Stepfamily life began 25 years ago with her husband and five teenage daughters (she’s mother to two and stepmother to three). Yes - a lot of weddings! Known as Marmee to their daughters' children, this grandmother and stepgrandmother of 13 is a past president of the Stepfamily Association of America and current member of the Council of Stepfamily Experts, National Stepfamily Resource Center, Auburn University.

    The Senior Editorial Advisor and financial columnist for Your Stepfamily magazine, Dr. Engel is also a regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. She is a member of the Authors Guild, International Society of Family Law, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and Massachusetts Bar Association; a research fellow of the Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University; and a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Governor's Advisory Commission on Responsible Fatherhood and Family Support.

    In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the Children's Rights Council and Smart Marriages (CMFCE), Dr. Engel is the Founder of the SAA Advisory Council for leaders of family service organizations in the United States.


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International Society of Family Law
International Stepfamilies, 12th World Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (July 2005).
Stepfamily Strengths Undermined by Law and Public Policy, Ontario, Canada (June 2001).
The Effects of Divorce Financial Decisions on Stepfamilies, Albuquerque, NM (June 1999).

Stepfamily Counseling Center of Sicily
Hassles for Stepfamilies, Catania, Sicily (November 2002).
Important Stepfamily Support Systems, Catania, Sicily (November 2002).

Stepfamily Association of Japan
Development, Operations, and Management of a Stepfamily Organization, Tokyo, Japan (November 2001).
What Professionals Need to Know About Stepfamilies, Tokyo, Japan and Osaka, Japan (November 2001).
Living and Loving in a Stepfamily, Tokyo, Japan (November 2001).

International Congress, University of Rome
The Plight of Children When Their Parents Divorce and Remarry: An Interdisciplinary Peek, Rome, Italy (March 2001).


Smart Marriages/​Happy Families (CMFCE)
Stepfamilies: Why Not “Blending?” Reno, NV (June 2003).
What Happens to Money in Remarriage? Washington, DC (July 2002).
Yours, Mine, and Ours: Money in Stepfamilies, Orlando, FL (June 2001)

National Summit on Fatherhood
Spotlight on: Stepfathers, Foster Fathers, and Grandfathers, Philadelphia, PA (June 2003).

Fathers and Families
Entering New Partnerships - Under the Eagle Eyes of Our Children and Ex, Quincy, MA (April 2003).
Birth of a Stepfamily - SAA’s Roadmap for Success, Quincy, MA (April 2003).
Maintaining the Complicated Connection, Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA (June 2002).
Society’s Invisible Dads—Stepfathers, Newton, MA (January 1999).

University of Massachusetts
Are Stepfamilies a Social Institution? Boston, MA (April 2003).
Development of Stepfamily Research and Design, Boston, MA (October 2002).

Stepfamily Association of America
Bashing Stepfamilies: Social Overkill on a Pretty Good Social Deal, Ft. Collins, CO (October 2002).
Stepfamily Financial Business Management, Ft. Collins, CO (October 2002).
Host for the National Conference on Stepfamilies, New Orleans, LA (February 2001).
Introduction to “Evening With the Vishers,” Vancouver, BC (October 1999).
Stepfamily Money Quandaries: One Pot, Two Pots, or Three Pots? Williamsburg, VA (July 1995).
Children’s Money and Expenses, Williamsburg, VA (July 1995).
Daisy Petals: They Love Me (College Expenses), They Love Me Not (Inheritance), Las Vegas, NV (July 1994).
Expensive Steps: When You’re Connected to Another Person Financially, You’re at Risk, Washington, DC (October 1993).
Stepfamilies Talking About $$$, Oklahoma City, OK (October 1992).

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
Financial Psychology and Life-Changing Events Think Tank - Remarriage, Denver, CO (October 2001).

Society for the Study of Social Problems
Stepfamilies, Anaheim, CA (August 2001).
The Financial Insecurity of Women in Remarriages, Washington, DC (August 2000).

Chautauqua Institution
When You Marry Again and Create a Stepfamily, Chautauqua, NY (July 2001).
Remarriages and Stepfamilies, Chautauqua, NY (July 2000).
Remarriage: A Family Affair, Chautauqua, NY (July 1999).

Northeastern University
The Stepfamily Experience in American Society, Boston, MA (May 2001).

Children’s Rights Council
Dads and Stepdads Parenting with Moms and Stepmoms, Washington, DC (May 2001).
Divorce and Remarriage—Law and Finance, Alexandria, VA (September 1999).
Men’s and Women’s Issues as They Affect Children of Divorce, Atlanta, GA (April 1996).
Resources for Divorce Help, Washington, DC (April 1995).

The National Conference on Stepfamilies
The Financial Reality for Women in Remarriage: A Taboo Topic, New Orleans, LA (February 2001).
Financial Issues for Stepfamilies, Pre-Conference Workshop, New Orleans, LA (February 2001).

Northrop Grumman
Stepfamilies in the Workplace, Baltimore, MD (January 2001).

The White House
"That’s a Family!”screening, reception, and presentation about SAA Families, Washington, DC (December 2000).

Girls, Women & Money
When the Unthinkable Happens: Managing Major Life Changes, Boston, MA (September 2000).

21st Annual National Women’s Studies Association Conference
Pockets of Poverty: The Second Wives’ Club, Boston, MA. (June 2000).

International Family Strengths Conference
Stepfamilies: Their Personal Strengths Undermined by Public Perception and Policy, Lincoln, NE (May 2000).

Feminist EXPO 2000
Financial Planning for Life’s Transitions - Remarriage, Baltimore, MD (March 2000).

St. Joseph College
One Thing Leads to Another: Anatomy of a Woman’s Financial Marriage, West Hartford, CT (March 2000).

The Divorce Center, Inc.
Remarriage and Stepparenting — Laws and Policies, Framingham, MA (August 1999).
Remarriage and Stepparenting — Laws and Policies, Newton, MA (June 1999).
Financial Realities in Divorce, Framingham, MA (May 1992).

The Fathers Group
Stepfathers in Massachusetts, Worcester, MA. (May, 1999).

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Introduction to “Changing Family Realities: Divorce and Remarriage," Greensboro, NC (April 1999).

Fairfield University Alumnae Forum Conference
The Women We Have Become, Fairfield, CT (October 1995).

North Shore Women in Business
The D Factor, Danvers, MA (April 1994).

Manhattanville College
Professor, Economics Department, Entrepreneurship Program, Manhattanville, NY (1987, 1988).

Guest Lecturer
Small Business Development, Entrepreneurial Women's Network, Norwalk Community College, University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University, Fairfield Small Business School, Fairfield Public Schools Adult Education, (1984-1988).

Selected Works

A. Non-Fiction: Wedding Planning for Complicated Families
A fresh approach with insights to families with non-traditional dynamics - when the bride or groom is from a divorced family or they are entering a second marriage.
B. Non-Fiction: Stepfamily Finances
Stepfamily financial organization and management booklets
C. Non-Fiction: Stepfamily Dynamics
Back and forth between Mom's house and Dad's house.
D. Non-Fiction: Divorce Management
A guide to organizations, agencies and publications, with expert advice on legal, financial, and personal matters
E. Non-Fiction: Divorce Management
A Planning and Action Guide with 55 FORM-ulas™ to help you in the Four Key Decisions Areas: *Financial *Legal *Practical *Emotional