Betsy Adrian holds master’s degrees in public health and in education from the University of Illinois. She was one of the early Lamaze instructors in Chicago from 1976-1981, teaching at Michael Reese and Presbyterian–St. Luke’s Hospitals. She worked in health promotion and hospital administration in Chicago from 1982-1993. She served as Executive Director of the Milwaukee County Medical Society from 1993-2001 and was President of the Minnesota Society of CPAs from 2001-2016.