Marilyn Knight, M.S.W.

Marilyn_sepiaPresident and Chief Executive Officer, IMT

Ms. Knight specializes in Crisis Management, Security and Violence Prevention consulting. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of Violence Prevention, Threat Assessment, and Organizational Change and Crisis Management. She responded to two US Postal Service Shootings, the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack and the Oklahoma City Bombing. She has been the Director of a MIOSHA CET Grant training numerous Michigan companies in how to develop workplace violence prevention and crisis management programs.

She assisted in writing the National Critical Incident Response Programs for UAW-General Motors, UAW-Daimler-Chrysler, KeyBank, American Natural Resources (ANR) and Pinkerton, and in training their Crisis Response Team members at their North American facilities. She has also consulted with Ford Motor Corporation, NBC, Wendy’s, Siemens Corporation, Lockheed-Martin, Comcast Cable, Delphi, TRW, BASF, Rockwell Automotive, New York Consolidated Edison, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, McDonalds and First Chicago-National Bank of Detroit.

As a lecturer and trainer in the areas of Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response, she has presented at over 400 conferences and seminars in North America, South America, Europe, Hong Kong and Asia. Ms. Knight received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her M.S.W. from Wayne State University

Curriculum Vitae: Marilyn Knight, M.S.W.

Marilyn Knight, M.S.W. is the President/CEO of the Incident Management Team (IMT), an international Crisis Management, Security and Violence Prevention consulting company.  As a lecturer and trainer in the areas of Workplace Violence Prevention, Crisis Response and Organizational Change, she has presented at over 400 conferences and seminars in North America, South America, Europe, Hong Kong, China, and Asia.

Ms. Knight assisted US Army Infantry Units with critical incident stress management (CISM) activities after the World Trade Center Terrorist attack. In the aftermath of the terrorist bombing of the Alfred Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Ms. Knight was the on-site Crisis Responder and Consultant to the Ryder Corporation. She was an on-site Crisis Response Consultant assisting the United States Postal Service in Critical Incident Response and site-logistics after the mass shootings at the Royal Oak (1991) and Dearborn (1993) Michigan Post Offices and conducted Crisis Intervention Services for Northwest Airlines after the air disasters of NW Flights # 1093 and 1043 (1991).  She is the Director of a State of Michigan MIOSHA Grant (2005) preparing first responders to manage the impact of terrorist and mass casualty events.

Ms. Knight has consulted with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of Violence Prevention, Threat Assessment, and Organizational Change and Crisis Management. She assisted Intel Corporation in the design of their Workplace Violence Prevention System and training of their Workplace Response Teams in North America, the Philippines, Malaysia and Southeast Asia.  She assisted Eaton Corporation in training their Corporate Threat Assessment Teams, worldwide.

She assisted in writing the National Critical Incident Response Programs for UAW-General Motors, UAW-Daimler-Chrysler, KeyBank, American Natural Resources (ANR) and Pinkerton, and in training their Crisis Response Team members at their North American facilities. She has also consulted with Ford Motor Corporation, Eaton, NBC, Wendy’s, Siemens Corporation, Lockheed-Martin, Comcast Cable, Delphi, TRW, BASF, Rockwell Automotive, New York Consolidated Edison, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, McDonald’s and First Chicago-National Bank of Detroit.

She was the strategic Organizational Change Consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory during their period of large-scale reorganization and reduction in force.  Other organizations she has assisted during organizational change,  downsizing and plant closures are Southern California Edison, DaimlerChrysler, Eaton, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, BASF, Detroit Medical Center, Tower Automotive and the State Departments of Labor of Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and New Mexico.

Ms. Knight has consulted with the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) HQC with Mass Casualty Management after Terrorist Events (2005) and with protective intelligence and threat management with the United States Army, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Redstone Arsenal, STRICOM-Naval Warfare Center, Fort Bragg Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Fort Meade, Fort Lewis, Kirtland AFB, Polk Air Force Base, the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), Army Evaluation Center (AEC), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Fort Belvoir, the Army Defense Logistic Agency (DLIS), Fort Drum, U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey National Guard and the Air National Guard, Selfridge Air Force Base.  Other federal agencies for whom she has consulted include the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA), U.S. Department of Labor- OSHA and the U.S. Department of Education.

Ms. Knight was a sworn Special Deputy with Genesee County and Wayne County Sheriff’s Departments. She was a Coordinator of the Sheriff’s Department EAP and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, and has assisted in training law enforcement departments in Advanced Hostage Negotiations, Responding to Emotionally Disturbed Persons, and Critical Incident Response. She developed a Threat Assessment /Workplace Violence Train-The-Trainer Program for law enforcement Crime Prevention personnel and has presented this training to officers representing multiple police departments in Michigan and Michigan Association of Hostage Negotiators (MAHN). She is a Psychological Consultant to the Wayne County Emergency Operation Center Weapons of Mass Destruction (Chemical/Biological) Response Team and has trained or consulted on Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for the State of Michigan MIOSHA Investigators, Accident Fund, the Macomb County Emergency Response Team, and is the Director of the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team serving 65 police departments. Other departments with whom she has consulted include the police departments of Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia, Farmington, West Bloomfield, Community EMS and the Detroit Fire Department.

While employed at General Motors, she held numerous UAW positions including President of her Local Union. She was a member of the EAP Team, Community Coordinator and Business Unit Advisor during implementation of their joint programs.

Ms. Knight has been Co-Director, Violence Prevention and Crisis Management Programs, Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice where she teaches seminars in Threat Assessment and Crisis Management and Recovery, and Training Law Enforcement, Probation and Corrections Officers to Manage Contacts with Mentally Ill Citizens, from 2003-2008, and Director, Corporate Education Program for Michigan State University Safe Place. She has been on the Adjunct Faculty of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLES) sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan and the University of  Michigan Law School.

Ms. Knight was invited by the United States Department of Labor, OSHA Division, to represent the U.S. at the first Tri-National ( US, Canada and Mexico) Conference on Workplace Violence and its’ Prevention in Montreal, Canada.
She is also the Director of a State of Michigan Department of Labor, MIOSHA Safety, Education and Training (SET) funded Grant, the purpose of which is to help corporations, employers and governmental entities develop Violence Prevention Policies and Infrastructures, Threat Assessment Teams and Post-Incident Crisis Response contingency plans through which she has trained participants from over 1500 companies in Michigan

Ms. Knight was the Producer and Writer of a 2004 MIOSHA funded training DVD entitled, Workplace Violence Prevention- Implementing Your Program, which won two 26th National Annual Telly Finalist Awards in the Corporate Training and Health and Safety Categories, respectively.  In 2006, Ms. Knight, was funded by MIOSHA to produce an instructional DVD entitled: Reducing the Impact of and Managing Workplace Emergencies and Disasters, which won two 28th National Annual Telly Awards in the Corporate Training and Under $700 per minute categories.

Ms. Knight received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Wayne State University. She was on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers, Michigan Chapter.