representative clients/sectors

Representative Clients and Sectors 

The following clients and sectors are by no means exhaustive, but they provide a good idea of where I’ve spoken or trained. If you have a question about whether I’ve worked with a particular employer or within a certain sector, please contact me ( You can also download a summary of my clients and venues here (current as of December 2017). The following summary is up-to-date as of April 7, 2019.

Corporate: Target Corporation (headquarters); General Mills (headquarters); Medtronic (headquarters); Hormel Foods (headquarters); U.S. Bank (headquarters and other locations); Synchrony Financial; St. Jude Medical; Thomson Reuters (headquarters); Wells Fargo Bank; Fairview Health Systems; a large federal national banking system that asks it not be named; Covidien Ltd; LLP; Designs for Learning; Russell Herder LLP; Isthmus Engineering; Slumberland (headquarters); Lands’ End (headquarters) ; National Grid; CentraCare Health; Rockwell Automation; Acme Graphics.

Legal: Ropes & Gray LLP; Williams Mullen, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP; Weil Gotshal & Manages LLP; Nilan Johnson Lewis; Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Birmingham AL Bar Association (Diversity Committee); Iowa State Bar Association; Hopkins & Carley; Perkins Coie LLP; Day Pitney LLP; Dorsey & Whitney, LLP; Fredrickson & Byron PA; Blackwell Burke PA; Robins Kaplan LLP; Gray Plant Mooty; Briggs & Morgan PA; Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Canada); Farella Braun + Martel LLP; Association of Legal Administrators various chapters across the U.S.; Epstein Becker & Green; Fenwick & West; Colorado Court System; Linn County Bar Association; Hennepin County Bar Association; Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Twin Cities Diversity in Practice.

Governmental: City of St. Paul, MN (multipart contract); State of Iowa (four-part contract for judicial diversity training); Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County, MN) (judicial diversity training); Boulder County, CO (multiple trainings); City of Rochester, MN; Dakota County, MN; Washington County, MN; Scott County, IA;  St. Louis County, MN; City of Albert Lea, MN; Freeborn County, MN; Olmsted County (MN) Sheriff’s Department; Hennepin County (MN) Attorney’s Office; Minnesota Dept. of Human Rights (human rights symposium); Minnesota Judicial Center; Minnesota Dept. of Revenue; Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development; Minnesota Dept. of Transportation; U.S. Probation Office (Minnesota); Mid-Prairie County Alliance; Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety; Ramsey County MN.

Colleges, Universities and Schools (Including Law Schools): Harvard Law School (multiple trainings); Sioux City Community School District (multiple trainings); University of Minnesota Law School; Humphrey School of Public Affairs (Univ. of Minnesota); University of Denver (law school and university at large); Vanderbilt Law School; University of Mississippi Law School (Ole Miss); McKinney School of Law; Iowa State University; University of Iowa College of Law; Augsburg College; Drake University (law school and university at large); Coe College; Mitchell/Hamline Law School; University of St. Thomas Law School; University of St. Thomas; University of Missouri at Kansas City; Metro State University; Winona State University; Mahtomedi (MN) Public Schools; Linn-Mar High School (IA); Alexandria Community and Technical College (MN); Lakes International Language Academy (MN); University of Hartford; St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (Minneapolis); St. Catherine University; North Hennepin Community College.

Other: The Bushnell Performing Arts Center; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Guthrie Theater; Where There Be Dragons; School Nurses of MN; National Association of State Judicial Educators; Association of Minnesota Counties; Iowa Association of Administrative Law Judges; Greater Twin Cities United Way;  Washington Co. (MN) Library System; Rochester (MN) Public Library; Marion (IA) Public Library; City of Lakes Rotary Club; Minnesota Continuing Legal Education; Edina Country Club; Sioux Trails Counseling; Minnesota Women Lawyers; Democratic Farmer Labor SD 40 (MN); Provincetown (MA) Public Library; Relate Counseling Center; St. Joseph’s Home for Children; St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (Minneapolis); Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (Edina MN); The Spark Mill, Richmond VA.

Listing of Various Past Engagements

The list below ends in 2015; due to the time demands of keeping this list current, I am no longer listing past engagements by years/titles of presentation; see the above for a general listing of the many clients that I have served/where I’ve presented. The total number of my presentations/trainings now nears 800 (as of January 2019).


Albert Lea, MN, “The C* Project: Courageous Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion in the Greater Midwest.”

Winona State University, Winona MN, “Getting to Ellen: Gleaning Authenticity and Advocacy from a Moment of Truth,” and “Trans 101 for Law Enforcement.”

Minnesota Department of Human Rights Annual Symposium, Panel Discussion, “The C* Project,” University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, “Trans 101: Interacting with Transgender Witnesses and Attorneys,” Minneapolis.

Anoka County Bar Association, “Trans 101,” Anoka MN.

City of Rochester, MN, “Trans 101” (training for City officers and employers).

Target Corporation (headquarters), Minneapolis, “Getting to Ellen: Gleaning Authenticity from a Moment of Truth.”

Relate Counseling Center, Minnetonka, Minnesota, “8 in 17: A Trans Person’s Perspective on Therapy and Therapists.”

Personal meeting with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to discuss diversity and inclusion issues.

Covidien Corporation, “Welcoming Gender Diverse Co-Workers” (consulting to assist with an employee’s gender transition) Plymouth, Minnesota.

Austin, Texas; a major international manufacturer (consulting to assist with an employee’s gender transition), “Welcoming Gender Diverse Co-Workers.”

MyTalk 107.1 (Minneapolis), “Roundtable Discussion re: Bruce Jenner and Implications for Transgender Persons”. Click here for the link. (I appeared on MyTalk 107.1 multiple times in 2015.)

Iowa City, Iowa; University of Iowa College of Law, “Gray Area Thinking: Helping Legal Professionals Understand Trans Persons.”

Minneapolis, Panel Presentation, “Perspectives on Self-Publishing,” Annual Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Minneapolis,  Presentation to Judges, Fourth Judicial District, Minneapolis: “Gray Area Thinking: Understanding Gender Diverse Litigants, Witnesses and Attorneys.”

Minnesota Marriage and Family Therapists, “Perspectives on Therapy and Trans People,” St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis.

Minnesota Public Radio interview, February 2015, “How to Welcome Transgender Lawyers into the Profession.” Click here for the link.

Fredrikson & Byron law firm, “Gray Area Thinking: Helping Legal Professionals Understand ‘Trans’ Persons.”

Mahtomedi Public Schools, “Gray Area Thinking: Welcoming Gender Diverse Students and Co-Workers.”

Hamline University School of Law, “Street Law–Employment Law.”

Fourth Judicial District staff training, Minneapolis: “Understanding Transgender Lawyers and Litigants.”

Augsburg College (Minneapolis), Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, discussion re: Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change.

Rochester, Minnesota; Rochester Public Library, “Trans 101.”

Minneapolis;  my memoir, Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), was the basis for a 2015 Minneapolis Fringe Festival play which was independently produced by Boom! Theater.


Fairview Health Systems, “Trans 101.”

Fourth Judicial District Court System, “Understanding Gender Diverse Litigants and Attorneys.”

Kansas City Metro Bar Association, “We Hear You Knocking: Welcoming ‘Trans’ Lawyers.”

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Kansas City, Missouri, “Gray Area Thinking: Welcoming ‘Trans’ Lawyers and Legal Employees.”

Minnesota Women Lawyers, “My Story.” 

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Panel Presentation, “LGBT Pioneers in the Law.”

Hamline University Law School, “Street Law–Top 10 Employment Issues.”

University of Minnesota Law School, OutLaw Student Group, “My Story.”

Target Corporation, “Gray Area Thinking: Understanding Diverse Humans”

A federal national banking institution that asks it not be named, “Gray Area Thinking: Understanding Diverse Humans”

University of Denver Law School, Outlaw Student Group and Other Collaborators, “Gray Area Thinking: Understanding Diverse Humans”

Dorsey & Whitney Law Firm, Minneapolis, “Trans 101”

Minnesota Defense and Plaintiff Lawyers Retreat (panel presentation), “Perspectives from LGBTQ Lawyers” 


Iowa State University, Keynote Address, Compassion for One’s Self and for Others.”  (See text of address Iowa State Keynote )

Gray, Plant Mooty, Minneapolis, “Trans 101.”

Greater Twin Cities United Way, “Perspectives on Transitioning Genders.”

Association of Law Firm Administrators Annual Conference, Cleveland. Panel Presentation, “Transgender Perspectives.”

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Kansas City, Missouri. “Trans 101” and a Thinkshop (workshop) on gender roles.

Wells Fargo Bank, St. Paul. Panel Presentation, “LGBTQ Issues.”

Minnesota Judicial Center, St. Paul. Panel Presentation, “Breaking New Ground: Transgender Issues in the Law.”

Iowa Public Radio Interview. “Living Transgender in Iowa.”  (Link to IPR interview)

Robins, Kaplan law firm, Minneapolis. Panel Presentation, “The ‘T’ in LGBT: Challenges Faced by Transgender Lawyers.”

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. Presentation, “Getting to Ellen: A Lesson about Choice and Transitioning Genders. A Primer on Self-Acceptance”

Robins, Kaplan law firm, Minneapolis. Panel Presentation, “Trans Gender Perspectives.”

Blackwell Burke law firm, Minneapolis. Panel Presentation, “Challenges Faced by LGBT Litigators.”

Minnesota Judiciary, St. Paul. Presentation, “LGBT People: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!”

Testimony before the Minnesota Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Policy Committee advocating adding coverage for sex reassignment surgery to Minnesota Care Medical Insurance.

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Presentation, “Living Authentically.”

Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Annual Conference, St. Paul. Presentation, “The Role of Gender in the Practice of Law: Perspectives from a Transgender Lawyer.” 


Minnesota Justice Foundation, Minneapolis. Presentation, “Human to Human: Living as Transgender.”

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis. Presentation, “Transgender 101.”

Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis. Presentation, “LGBT Interaction with the Courts.”

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Presentation, “Snapshots of a Life and Lessons Learned.”

Family Law Center, Minneapolis. Presentation, “Transgender 101.”

Outlaw Student Group, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis. Presentation, “Getting to Ellen: Perspectives of Going Public as a ‘T’ Attorney.”

First Friday Breakfast Club, Des Moines, Iowa. Presentation, “Choosing Genders—Choosing Perspectives.”

Board of Directors Meeting, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis. Presentation, “Speaking Out in Support of a Resolution Opposing Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Against Same Sex Marriage.”

Board of Directors Meeting, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis. Presentation, “Love, Statistics and Leadership.”


River City Gender Alliance, Omaha. Presentation, “Going PublicComing Out as Transgender.”

Thomson Reuters Campus, Eagan, Minnesota. Presentation, “Because of Sex: Perspectives of a Transgender Attorney.”

Hamline University Law School, St. Paul. Presentation, “The Role of Gender in the Practice of Law: Perspectives from a Transgender Lawyer.”

Hamline University Law School, St. Paul. Presentation, “A Brief Discussion About Transgenders and Gender Identity Protections in the Workplace.”

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Presentation, “Getting to Ellen: Changing Genders—Changing Perspectives.”


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