Speaking Engagements

Wendy Kramer speaks around the world presenting research on the issues, needs, and rights of donor-conceived people and their families.
Now accepting speaking engagements to present a new book, which will be published June of 2022 by Ethics Press Counseling Donor Family Members: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements



August 16th Webinar: The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association! Counselling Donor Family Members: A Half-Day Workshop for Mental Health Professionals

Date/Time - August 16th 2022 from 12-3pm EDT, Presented by - Wendy Kramer, Online via Zoom, This event is approved for 3 Continuing Education Credits

Donor conception is becoming substantially more common with the exponential advancements being made in the field of reproductive medicine, and with the wider acceptance in recent decades of LGBTQ families, single-parent families, and women in later reproductive years utilizing donor gametes. The accessibility of commercial DNA testing is also helping to expand these families as many people are finding out by surprise that they are part of a sometimes quite large donor family. Given the greatly increased probability of encountering a client connected to a donor family in their practices across settings, clinicians must be well-informed about all perspectives in order to best serve people in the donor family constellation. Clinicians will explore in this webinar the unique issues that donor family members might present regarding their families of origin and with their new donor family relationships. This webinar is intended to be a resource for mental health and medical professionals in any setting, especially for those who are unfamiliar with donor conception. It's a presentation of evolving ideas, recommendations, and talking points that can be used when counseling anyone in the donor family. Because each stakeholder is deeply connected to the others, understanding all viewpoints is important for a successful counseling experience with any parent, egg and sperm donor, or donor-conceived person.
Link to register for the session

September 14th Podcast: The Jewish Fertility Foundation, Wendy, Ryan, and Ryan's Half-Sister Jami.

September 16th:  Counseling Presentation to the Colorado Counseling Association

November 9th Webinar:  Counseling presentation to The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, at the Systemic Family Therapy Conference



March: American Association of Behavior and Social Sciences: Counseling Donor Family Members.



Previous Speaking Engagements


July: Jewish Fertility Foundation


July: ESHRE Lecture

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE): New Study of 529 Donor-Conceived Adults

Does how and when a donor-conceived person (DCP) learns about their conception significantly affect their experiences and choices, including whether they’d consider using a donor or donating their own gametes?

June: Boulder County Pride

The DSR had a booth.

June: Webinar: Sociedad Argentina de Psicología en Reproducción Humana Asistida, Argentina

A conference for psychologists-in-training in assisted reproduction. Webinar: Counseling Donor Family Members

May: Infertility Unfiltered

Virtual meeting.

May: The Disclosure Experiences of Egg Donors Across the Lifespan. Research Abstract.

Presented at American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Conference.

March: Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Conference. 

The Psychosocial and Physical Experiences of Egg Donors Across the Lifespan. Student Research Poster.

March: University of Colorado Law School

Guest lecturer: Bioethics and the Law class.

January: British Fertility Society Annual Conference

Our 2021 study of 529 donor-conceived adults was presented at the British Fertility Society/Society for Reproduction and Fertility meeting in Liverpool.


October: American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Annual Scientific Congress

Panel: Open-Identity Sperm Donation: What Are the Children Saying? an interactive session. Our presentation: The Ambiguity of Open Gamete DonationHere is the complete White Paper.
Poster: The age and by whom a donor-conceived person receives information significantly affects their experience
Poster: Where are the donors: do donor-conceived people become donors themselves”?

February: University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine IVF Clinic

January: The British Fertility Society Annual Conference (online this year)

The Donor-Conceived Adult: Implications Within Family, Medical, and Mental Healthcare Systems

January:  ASRC's Adoption Wellness, Advocacy, Knowledge and Experience (AWAKE) Influencer Forum

Ryan and Wendy Kramer participated on the panel.


September: University of Colorado Law School

Guest Lecturer at a Bioethics Class

September: LGBT Network

LGBT Family Building: Donor Conception

Virtual Workshop

August: Global Bioethics Initiative, Manhattan Bioethics Summer School

Virtual Event

The Donor Conceived Adult: Implications Within Family, Medical and Mental Healthcare Systems

January: Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine

Denver, CO

“Disclosures and Discussions” panel. A workshop run every year for families who have used a 3rd party for reproduction.


November: 6th International Conference on Gynecology and Obstetrics

Paris, France

Theme: Focus on Next Generation and to Improve Obstetrics and Gynecology Care

November: 27th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI)

Paris, France

Research on 2,013 Donor Offspring

July: The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)

Vienna, Austria

Poster Presentation on Donor Offspring Research

June: RESOLVE Walk of Hope

Englewood, CO


June: Midwest Reproductive Symposium International (MRSi)

Chicago, IL

Invited speaker: DNA=Donors Not Anonymous

May: Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE)

Hong Kong, China

2 talks: One on donor-conceived people and one on DNA testing/anonymity (DNA=Donors Not Anonymous)

January: Colorado University School of Law

Boulder, CO

Guest Lecturer: Bioethics & the Law Class

January: British Fertility Society

Birmingham, UK


November: Conference of The Foundation for Reproductive Medicine


October: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


October: Philadelphia Family Pride Family Matters Conference

Philadelphia, PA

October: ASRM Meeting

Poster by our partners from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Attachment in Donor Conception: Curiosity, Search, and Contact

September: Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado


August: Boulder Bookstore

Boulder, CO

Book signing for Your Family: A Donor Kid's Story

June: RESOLVE Walk of Hope

Englewood, CO

March: 26th European Congress of the European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Paris, France

February: University of San Diego School of Law, Center for Health Law Policy & Bioethics

San Diego, CA

Guest Lecture

January: British Fertility Society

Liverpool, UK

Talk: "Infertility and Donor Conception: Pregnancy is Just the Beginning!"


October: American Bar Association

Beaver Creek, CO

September: Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine

Lone Tree, CO

June: RESOLVE Walk of Hope

Engelwood, CO

May: The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Laboratory for the Research of Medical Law and Bioethics, the Bar Association of Thessaloniki, and the Medical Association of Thessaloniki International Conference

Thessaloniki, Greece

Talk: “Medicine, Law and the Internet”

February: The European Meeting Days of the French Society of Gynecology

Paris, France



December: NY Genome Center


"Are you your genome?" A panel discussion about the human side of genetics: exploring the connections between identity, heritage, and genetic information.

November: 20th anniversary of CONCEBIR/Bi-annual meeting of the American Network (Red TRAscender)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Video Part 1Video Part 2Video Part 3

September: HQA Fertility Fair

Colorado Springs, CO

May: BIT’s 4th International Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (ICGO-2016)

Barcelona, Spain

Oral presentation: "The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) — A Global Registry for Donor Families"

April: 37th Annual American Adoption Congress International Conference

Denver, CO

"Trailblazing Change: Moving Mountains Together in Adoption"

March: 17th World Congress of Gynecological Endocrinology

Florence, Italy

Poster: For the Infertile Couple: 5 Things You Need to Know and Oral Presentation: The Case for Comprehensive Genetic Testing of Gamete Donors


November: Reproductive Rights, New Reproductive Technologies, and the European Fertility Market

Santander, Spain

The DSR presented two talks

October: 11th World Congress of the European Society of Gynecology (ESG)

Prague, Czech Republic

Two oral presentations: "Infertility and creating donor-conceived children: Pregnancy is just the beginning, not the end of the journey" and "Connecting with offspring: sperm donor attitudes"

October: ASRM Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Two presentations: "Adolescents Conceived Through Donor Insemination: An In-Depth Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Contacting and Meeting Donor Siblings" and "Integrating Donor Conception into Identity: Parent-Child Relationships and Identity Development in Donor Conceived Adolescents." Jenna Slutsky, MA Center for Attachment Research, The New School for Social Research; Dr. Vasanti Jadva, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge; Dr. Tabitha Freeman; Sherina Persaud, MA; Wendy Kramer, The Donor Sibling Registry; Dr. Miriam Steele; Dr. Howard Steele; and Professor Susan Golombok.

September: Skype interview with master's students in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke University

Durham, NC

September: 22nd World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI)

Budapest, Hungary

Oral presentation: "Infertility and Donor Conception: Pregnancy is just the beginning!"

April: Stanford University Law School

Stanford, CA

Guest lecture sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice 

March: 16th World Congress on Human Reproduction

Berlin, Germany

Two papers: "Sperm donors who are open to contact with their offspring" (poster) and "The Donor Sibling Registry — a global registry for donor families" (oral presentation)


November: Merck's Conference: The 2nd Red TRAscender Congress

Mexico City, Mexico

With the Latin American Parents Infertility Organization

October: The First European Workshop of the Italian Association of Gynecological Endocrinology and the 7th Albert Netter Days of the European Society of Gynecology

Capri, Italy

Abstract: "After Pregnancy: What are the needs, rights, and issues of Donor-Conceived People?"

June: Skype workshop with a GLBTQ parents group in Boston after they watched the Family Equality Council webinar

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May: Embryo Adoption Awareness Center

Webinar: "The Donor Sibling Registry: Helping People Discover Their Roots"

March: 2014 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society

Palm Springs, CA

January: Boulder Bookstore

Boulder, CO

Book signing for Finding our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families


August: American Sociological Association Annual Meeting

Paper presentation: "Donor Conceived Offspring Conceive of the Donor and Donor Siblings in Lesbian-Parent and Heterosexual-Parent Families." Presented by co-authors R. Hertz and M. Nelson.

July: Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour

Los Angeles, CA

Our upcoming MTV News & Docs docu-drama series, Generation Cryo, was one of the fall shows premiered at this event.

June: 2-day workshop

Montreal, Canada

“Donor Conception: Lessons for Clinicians, Families, Policy Makers, and Researchers” (Wendy's handout)

June: 1-day workshop

University of Minnesota, MN

“Revamping the Law & Policy of Reproductive Technologies: Children First?”


September: Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) Conference

Osaka, Japan

Lunchtime talk by Ryan and Wendy: The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) — A Global Registry for Donor Families

July: European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Conference

Istanbul, Turkey

1700 Sperm Donor Recipients

April: American Adoption Congress

Denver, CO

March: Pacific Sociological Association Conference

San Diego, CA

"Sperm Donor-Conceived Children Speak out about Donor Conception." Patricia K. Jennings (CSU East Bay) and Wendy Kramer (Donor Sibling Registry). Presented by Pat Jennings.

March: CU Law School

Boulder, CO

Guest Lecture sponsored by the Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Health Law Society


December: 14th World Conference on Human Reproduction

Melbourne, Australia

Plenary Speaker, Merck Serono Symposia and Donor Linking Symposium

October: Single Mothers by Choice 30th Anniversary Gala


April 2011 and August 2012: Embryo Adoption Awareness Center


April: 2nd International Congress on Controversies in Cryopreservation of Stem Cells (CRYO Conference)

Valencia, Spain

Reproductive Cells, Tissue & Organs: Two abstracts presented: The Case for Comprehensive Medical and Genetic Testing of Gamete Donors, presented in the session "Ethics and Social Consequences of Electively Deferring Motherhood through Oocyte Cryopreservation" and Semen donors who are open to contact with their offspring (poster)

January: Fertility 2011

Dublin, Ireland

British Fertility Society, et al. Two abstracts: "Anonymity, disclosure, and contact with donors: How experiences of donor-conceived offspring vary by family type" and "Semen donors who are open to contact with their offspring"


November: National Council on Family Relations

Minneapolis, MN

October: ASRM Conference

Denver, CO

Two abstracts: "Anonymity, disclosure, and contact with donors: How experiences of donor-conceived offspring vary by family type" and "Semen donors who are open to contact with their offspring"

July: Genetics and Society Meeting

Tarrytown, NY

April: Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) Conference

Bangkok, Thailand

Two presentations: "A Survey of 164 Sperm Donor"s and "The Case for Comprehensive Medical and Genetic Testing of Gamete Donors"

March: University of Denver

Denver, CO

Sturm College of Law, Motherhood Conference

February: L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center

Los Angeles, CA

January: Fertility 2010, British Fertility Society

Bristol, UK

The Case for Comprehensive Medical and Genetic Testing of Gamete Donors


June: European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Conference

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

US oocyte donors: a retrospective study of medical and psychosocial issues

January: Fertility 2009, British Fertility Society

Edinburgh, Scotland

US oocyte donors: a retrospective study of medical and psychosocial issues


October: Infertility Network

Toronto, Canada

Ethics and Gamete Donation

March: DePaul University College of Law

Chicago, IL

Symposium: Tracking Change


March: Association of Health Care Journalists

Los Angeles, CA


July: Association of Managers of Gynecology & Obstetrics

Denver, CO


October: Infertility Network Symposium on Donor Conception

Toronto, Canada

DSR/Cambridge University Collaboration Presentations

October 2008: Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) Meeting, Brisbane, Australia

June 2008: ESHRE Meeting, Barcelona, Spain

October 2007: American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Meeting, Washington, DC