When Beth Zemsky (BF’00) began advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equity in 1980, she had no idea how much momentum the cause would gather over the years.

OutFront Minnesota, an LGBTQ advocacy group, awarded Zemsky the esteemed Legacy Award at its annual gala in 2015. The distinction is reserved for an individual who demonstrates longstanding commitment to LGBTQ rights in Minnesota.

Zemsky’s advocacy includes work at OutFront Minnesota as the founding director of the University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office, as an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota, and on the National LGBTQ Task Force Board. Zemsky also consults with Twin Cities businesses and organizations in intercultural organization development.

Zemsky helps clients—big and small, nonprofit and government, education and faith-based—tap into their true potential and become what she describes as “interculturally competent” workplaces. Some of her clients include United Way, Best Buy Corp., the YWCA and the Bush Foundation. Her approach helps these organizations connect overarching strategies to their existing diversity, ultimately accomplishing goals more efficiently and effectively.