An Exchange with Marilyn Baker


This week on ZEC Exchange we spoke with Speech -Language Pathologist turned Pretzel Lady, Marilyn Baker. Our discussion centered around the value of non-traditional workers.

Marilyn’s long career as a speech-language pathologist took an unexpected turn when her hobby of cooking pretzels for her co-workers at Drake Rehabilitation Center took off! The hospital gift shop started carrying the pretzels and that was the beginning of her wild ride.

“I still recall the days of filling orders in my kitchen and sealing the bags with an iron. We’ve come a long way!” She says.

In becoming the “Pretzel Lady” she has also become a community leader in equal opportunity employment. As the owner of Yankee Doodle Deli, Marilyn hires second chance workers and non-traditional workers, including Point Arc and ZEC students.

In our interview, Marilyn discusses the importance and value in hiring employees with physical and/or learning differences. She also provides tips for job seekers and she breaks down the common misconceptions when hiring people with disabilities.

We hope you enjoy the video and found this exchange helpful.

Tips for Preparing for Employment

Preparing for Employment benefits individuals who need support expanding their knowledge regarding how to apply for a job, interview etiquette and how to create a professional resume. Use this list of tips to start preparing your child for employment now so they will be prepared when a job opportunity comes their way.
A List of Employment Resources
When it comes to finding employment for your child, one solution doesn’t fit all. There are a lot of helpful resources available to families and we hope this list will help you find the solution that best suits your family.
Brighton Center
Brighton Center’s Career Bridge Program provides an opportunity for individuals to reach their hopes and dreams while being directly supported by a career coach. Brighton Center’s Career Bridge program will assist job seekers to quickly establish, self-sustaining work. These key services align with and support a healthy regional economy.
Life Learning Center
Life Learning Center is a place to provide hope for ‘at-risk’ individuals in our Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky regional community who are ready to commit to long term life change.

Their mission is to build a caring and serving community by helping people learn, secure and sustain a better way of living through education and care support.

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (Covington Branch)
1324 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 292-6513
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (Florence Branch)
8020 Veterans Memorial Drive Ste. 100
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 371-9450

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