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).