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Gray Area Thinking® and Allyship 101 with Ellie Krug

  • Foster Pepper 1111 Third Ave, Suite #3000 Seattle, WA 98101 (map)
 Human Inspiration Works LLC

We've all heard the phrase, "diversity and inclusion", but what does it actually mean to make a workplace or organization or even our personal lives more diverse and inclusive? How can we get beyond grouping and labeling of other humans according to the color of their skin, the religion they practice, or the country in which they were born? Can we really build a just and inclusive world, especially in this time of so much division?
Even more, how can we make the legal profession more inclusive of those who are "Other" and different from "us?" Isn't it time to at least consider a new approach to human inclusivity?

Apart from diversity and inclusion, there are workplace challenges relative to how to engage in "allyship" (the active part of being an ally to someone from a marginalized community). What does it mean to be an ally? How can I support someone in the workplace without putting my status at risk? What are the rules about apology and forgiveness if I screw up with words, names, or the gender of someone who is "Other"?
Join national speaker and "inclusionist" Ellen "Ellie" Krug as she conducts her highly valued human inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking® and her innovative Allyship 101. This workshop will provide an easy-to-understand toolset on how to be more welcoming of anyone who is "Other" in our society.

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Ellen (Ellie) Krug, when a civil trial attorney in Cedar Rapids with 100+ trials, transitioned from male to female in 2009 and later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has trained on diversity and inclusion to court systems, law firms, Fortune 100 corporations, and colleges/universities. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking®, across the country. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of "25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights." She is also a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and a weekly radio host on AM950 radio. Her monthly newsletter, The Ripple, can be found at Ellie presently lives in Minneapolis and is the founder and president of Human Inspiration Works, LLC (