Speakers

Josie Kearns and Betsy Dukes

Betsy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center where she focuses her practice on working with people of diverse identities, including polyamorous/CNM, kinky, LG, B, and TGNC individuals/relationship structures. Betsy has presented on the topics of Polyamory and CNM around Chicagoland. Betsy is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, the Society for Humanistic Psychology, and the Kink and Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT). In her spare time she is learning to play the ukulele and attempting to grow tomatoes.

Josephine Kearns began exploring polyamory as a married 20-something and didn’t look back. She now lives in an intentional community in Chicago, where she and her two co-parents together raise two awesome kids (ages 7 & 2). In 2013 she co-founded Chicago Polyamory Connection, whose Poly Cocktails has since become the largest regular polyamory event in the city as well as a leading voice for working toward safer non-monogamous spaces. Josie is also a member of the national Polyamory Leadership Network and a blogger at polychicago.com. She is proud to be openly queer and transgender.