Beth Zemsky


Beth has 25 years experience working as a consultant, community organizer, psychotherapist, educator, and organizational leader including serving as the founding Director of the GLBT Programs Office at the University of Minnesota and former co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. In addition, Beth comes to this project with significant experience in designing and implementing leadership development programs from her tenure as the coordinator of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness at the University of Minnesota where she coordinated the President’s Emerging Leaders Program, a nationally recognized year-long action learning program for a nominated and selected group of University professionals. Beth is also adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Adult and Community Education from Cornell University and masters degrees in Counseling Psychology and Social Work from Washington University, Saint Louis. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Diversity Trainer, and she has specialized training in coaching, facilitation, community organizing and work place mediation. In 2000, Beth was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship to study organizational development of social movement organizations. Beth currently lives in Minneapolis where she was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Quorum, the GLBT Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, she engages in her passions of long distance bicycling, cooking, and gardening (growing more tomatoes than a normal person could possibly eat.)