Meet the Team

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Phyllis Braxton-Frierson LGSW is the President and Founder of PINK Consulting, LLC and has been in the D&I field for nearly 20 years. Phyllis is a native of Moss Point, Mississippi and has resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the last 24 years.

Prior to starting PINK Consulting, LLC 12 years ago she worked for several organizations and educational institutions. Phyllis was an adjunct professor teaching graduate level courses in diversity, received her master’s degree all at the University of Minnesota and earned her bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. Phyllis served as Co-Director and team leader for Minnesota S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). She also served as an adjunct faculty member of St. Mary’s University Culturally Responsive Teaching Certification Program. She is a training team member of the Blandin Foundation’s Leading in Ethnically Diverse Communities, a certified administer and member of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Training Faculty, Intercultural Conflict Styles (ICS), Cultural Detective, Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and The Leadership Circle Profile (a 360-degree feedback leadership tool). Phyllis is the proud founder of Girl Scout River Valleys Beta Gamma Sigma Girl Scout Program started in 1998, and 25 year Silver Star member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Finally, Phyllis recently graduated from St. Catherine’s University/University of St. Thomas Masters of Clinical Social Work Program and is now a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). She’s currently a psychotherapist with Jasira Family Counseling in Brooklyn Center. Phyllis’ mission is to serve and support women and girls with an emphasis on females of color with trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment.

 PINK Consulting provides counseling, intercultural assessment, training and development, personal and professional coaching, keynote and motivational speaking to individuals and organizations nationwide.

For a more comprehensive bio please visit www.pinkconsultingllc.com

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Beth Zemsky MAEd, LICSW comes to her work out of her continued commitment to engage people in learning activities that move them to understand and act to resolve critical social and cultural issues. Building on best practice approaches, Beth specializes in intercultural organizational development and intersectional movement building with organizations working towards social change and structural transformation including foundations, non-profits, educational, health, faith-based, and social change organizations.

Beth has over 35 years of experience as a community organizer, educator, psychotherapist, organizational leader, coach, and consultant. 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

Beth has specialized training in intercultural competency, organizational development, systems change, change management, community organizing, leadership development, coaching, intercultural conflict, mediation, assessment, and action learning. She is 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, Beth has been adjunct faculty at University of Missouri – St. Louis, Augsburg College, and the University of Minnesota where she has taught courses in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Social Work, and Family Social Science.  She is also a member of the international IDI Qualifying Seminar Instructor team

Recognitions of Beth’s 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, Beth was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship to study organizational development of social movement organizations.

For more information about Beth, please visit www.bethzemsky.com