• 2021 WIPS Speakers and Presenters


  • Yer Winder-headshotYer Winder is a diversity and inclusion coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Revenue where she provides agency-wide program coordination to implement the agency’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan. Yer also facilitates organization-wide diversity focused conversations, committees, and programs. She spent the last nine years working in a variety of HR functions such as recruiting and staffing, diversity and inclusion, training, customer service and employee engagement, performance management, employee relations, and talent management.



    Karen Hanauer_headshotKaren Hanauer is an EAP organizational health consultant with the state’s internal EAP, has more than 25 years of experience in mental health and organizational consulting. She has passion for her work over the past 15 years in state service and is grateful for the opportunity to provide response to the needs of agencies. She finds it an honor and a privilege to connect with all those contributing such important work to the State of Minnesota and strives toward making inroads to a healthier, more productive and gratifying work culture for all state employees and the agency’s they work in.




    Karen McKinney_headshotAs chief equity officer, Dr. Karen McKinney is working to make the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) an anti-racist institution. Before joining DHS, she spent 24 years at Bethel University as a professor in the biblical and theology studies department. For the last five years she also served as the community liaison to communities of color for the university’s office of diversity. Prior to that, she held a variety of positions in youth ministry, health care and education and served as a consultant on anti-racism, equity and diversity.

    She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Minnesota; a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in California; a Master of Science degree in Experiential Education from Mankato State University, which she completed after receiving a Bush Fellowship; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.



    Marlee Dorsey headshotMarlee Dorsey is a certified trauma professional, a liberation-focused therapist and founder of Reviving Roots Therapy & Wellness—currently a solo therapy practice in the process of expanding into an integrative wellness platform for the black community. Marlee focuses her work around intergenerational trauma, social justice, and relational cultural. Her clients are mainly black and brown folx who want to make a change in their lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Marlee received her masters degree in mental health counseling from Boston College, where she studied and practiced under the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture.




    Roslyn Robertson_headshotRoslyn Robertson is Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s (DLI) commissioner. She previously served as deputy commissioner and oversaw the agency operation areas of apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, labor standards, occupational safety and health, and workers' compensation during 2019 and 2020. She has more than 30 years of experience working at DLI in a variety of leadership roles and has significant experience in the program areas of labor standards, apprenticeship, OSHA, and construction codes and licensing.