Speaking Engagements

“Conceivable Options for the Modern Family: Medical, Legal and Ethical Considerations for Planners in a Rapidly Changing World “

(Northern Trust, Chicago IL October 2015) A panel discussion featuring: Mindy Berkson, Infertility Consultant, Lotus Blossom Consulting, LLC, Seth Levrant, MD Partners in Reproductive Health, Hon. Michele F. Lowrance (Ret.) Mediator JAMS, Lindsey Paige Markus, JD Shareholder Principal Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., Moderated by: Carol L. Jones, Esq. Jill M. Metz & Associates


“Conceivable Options: LGBT Family Building Workshop”

(McKinney Avenue Contemporary May 12, 2011) This seminar will focus on individuals and same sex couples consciously choosing to create families. Mindy Berkson, Infertility Consultant, Lotus Blossom Consulting will present surrogacy and egg donation with an insider’s approach to maximizing success rates, identifying resources specific to individual needs, finding ideal surrogates and egg donors and the many pitfalls with which to avoid when navigating the surrogacy journey. Timothy Thomas, Esq. of The Law Offices of Timothy T. Thomas will address the unique needs of estate planning for the LBGT community and the importance of establishing estate plans in advance of surrogate pregnancies. With expertise and vast experience in legal issues, Tim effectively shares in layman terms how to accomplish and best protect your rights in domestic partnerships, civil unions, as a single parent and or a married couple. Lauren Duffer, Esq. of Law Offices of Lauren Gaydos Duffer will present on creating your family through adoption. Legalities of securing a birth certificate and accomplishing co-parent adoptions in the state of Texas. The presentation will address issues specific to insurance coverage, partner benefits, legal concerns as well as ways in which to optimize a successful cycle and mitigate financial risk. Most importantly, this seminar will provide advice on how to be your own best advocate on this special pathway to parenthood.

“Professional Women’s Club of Chicago”

Wednesday May 11, 2011 at 11:30 am at Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. Mindy Berkson will be speaking at this year’s workshop. How They Built a Business from Nothing” featuring Mindy Berkson, Lotus Blossom Consulting http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nRkBVm8ChXs

“TKI Fertility Boot Camp”

Mindy will be speaking at Fertility Boot Camp for Couples! Saturday Feb. 26, 2011 9am-4pm – Tiffani Kim Institute (Second Floor) 310 W. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60654 – private consultations will also be available

“Annual Maybe Baby Workshop”

(Compass Inc, Palm Beach County Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Lake Worth, FL May 12, 2010) Join We Are Family Sept. 25th for our annual Maybe-Baby Workshop, sponsored by the HRC. This is an informative and educational event for anyone in the LGBT community that is considering parenting. This will be an interactive learning environment that everyone will benefit from!

“Conceivable Options: Alternative Family Building”

This seminar is designed to help navigate the steps necessary to accomplish a surrogacy arrangement, help individuals and couples consider the options available, know what questions to ask, select a physician, how to manage the costs and identify appropriate egg donors and surrogates to suit individual criteria.

“Options for Biological Family Building in the LGBT Community-Surrogacy, Egg Donation and Treatment”

(The Pride Center, Wilton Manors, Florida May 13, 2010) Topics will include egg donation and surrogacy opportunities, choosing the right physician, how to identify egg donors, sperm donors and surrogates, understanding the legal environment, and how to think through timing, coordination, facilitation and cost of your treatments. The discussion will conclude with a Q&A session with Mindy.

“Navigating Alternative Family Building Through Surrogacy” – Gay Lesbian Medical Association

(Washington DC October, 2009)


“Exploring Surrogacy, Egg Donation and Treatment Options in the United States”

(Toronto, Ontario September 2009)


“A Guide to Family Planning: Egg Banking, IVF, Surrogacy and Donors”- Women’s Bar Association Citywide Pride

(Washington DC September, 2009)


“Conceivable Options: Family Building for Alternative Families”

(Chicago, IL June, 2009)


“Understanding Your Insurance Benefits and Budgeting for Treatment” – New Beginnings Conference

(Tampa, FL April 2009)


“Conceivable Options: Exploring Fertility Choices” – Women’s Resource Fair

(Evanston, IL March 2009)


“Options for Continuing Your Family” – Family Matters

(Nationwide Radio, March 2009)


“Conceivable Options: When the Pathway to Parenthood is Not Linear” – Women in Motion

(Lincolnwood, IL November 2008)


“Conceivable Options: A Woman’s Guide to Financial, Estate and Family Planning” – Women’s Bar Association Illinois

(Chicago, IL October 2008)


“Financing Fertility Treatment” – RESOLVE Teleseminar

(Nationwide program, October 2008)


“Discover Design”

(September 2008) Mindy shares with talk show hostess Lisa Ridolfi the world of infertility, who is affected and what are the available options to explore before beginning the journey involving egg donors and surrogates.


“Conceivable Options for Alternative Family Building” – The Howard Brown Health Center and The Center on Halsted

(Chicago, IL September 2008)


“Financial Considerations for Fertility Treatment” – Fertile Dreams Conference

(Orlando, FL May 2008)


“Voice of America” – Conceive Magazine

(Nationwide program, May 2008)


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