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The "Voice" of Inclusivity

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Mills Theatre, Carr Hall, Longmeadow Campus
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Ellen (Ellie) Krug, the founder of Human Inspiration Works, LLC, talks about how we humans automatically label and categorize people who are "different."

When Ellen came out as transgender in 2009, she began to experience what it means to be "the other" in our society. This rousing talk inspires humans to change the way they think or act toward "the other," and proves inspiration only comes through seeing another person authentically model inclusivity

About Our Speaker

Ellen (Ellie) Krug, founder of Human Inspiration Works, LLCIn 2009, while an Iowa civil trial attorney with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug (pronounced "Kroog"), transitioned from male to female. She later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the executive director of Call for Justice, LLC, a Minneapolis legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access.

The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on nearly 800 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, "Gray Area Thinking®" across North America.

In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of "25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights." She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and pens a widely-circulated monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, that reaches 6000 people. Ellie views herself as an "Inclusionist" and founded an inclusion-oriented consulting and training company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC, in late 2016.

Ellis is also a weekly radio host; her show, "Ellie 2.0 Radio," on AM950 in the Twin Cities highlights idealism and how each of us can play a role in fostering positive change in the world. Ellie’s remaining life mission is to work for a more inclusive society for all humans, regardless of how many are considered "Other."