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About Beth Zemsky

Meeting, greeting, getting to know each other... It’s all part of my work. The fun part.

As a community organizer, educator, organizational leader, and psychotherapist. I come to my work with a continued commitment to engage people in learning activities that move them into understanding critical social and cultural issues.

I bring over 35 years of experience, commitment and passion to my partnerships with organizations working towards social change and structural transformation including foundations, non-profits, educational, health, faith-based, and social change organizations.

A few career highlights include serving as staff at OutFront MN, founding Director of the GLBT Programs Office at the University of Minnesota, co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Supervisor of the University of Minnesota Diversity Institute, Coordinator of Leadership Development & Organizational Effectiveness at the University of Minnesota, and principle of Zemsky & Associates Consulting.

I have specialized training in intercultural competency, organizational development, systems change, change management, community organizing, leadership development, coaching, intercultural conflict, mediation, assessment, and action learning. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified workplace mediator, and a qualified administer of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI) and the Meyers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI). In addition, I’ve been adjunct faculty at University of Missouri – St. Louis, Augsburg College, and the University of Minnesota where I’ve taught courses in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Social Work, and Family Social Science.  I am also a member of the international IDI Qualifying Seminar Instructor team.

Recognitions of my work include: Grand Marshall of the Twin Cities GLBT Pride, Quorum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, OutFront MN’s Legacy Award for service to the LGBT community, and the 2016 IDI Intercultural Award. In addition, I was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship to study organizational development of social movement organizations.

While I am passionate about my work, my spare time involves endorphin rushes from long distance bicycling, losing myself in cooking, playing with my goofy dog, and getting my hands dirty in a garden (growing more kale than any one person could possibly eat).

Beth Zemsky holding award at podium
Beth receiving OutFront Legacy award
Preparing to ride 100 miles to raise money for Breast Cancer

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