understanding our commonalities


For those who have landed here looking for my most recent blog posting, please look for the “my blog” page on this website, updated as of 4.18.21.

For those who are looking for information about me, Ellie Krug, I say,


You’ve heard about me either as a writer or as a trainer and consultant on human inclusivity. Maybe you simply stumbled onto this site.

Regardless of how you arrived, you’ve found someone who embraces the challenges that life has to offer. I spent a great deal of my existence struggling with the idea that I could “choose” certain things–like my gender. What I learned after many years of personal suffering is that some things in life (like gender, sexuality, artistic or musical bend, even whom we love) just “are.”

All of us ask ourselves, “How did I get here?” “Where am I going?” “How long can I sustain this?”

And, most importantly,  Is this who I am?”

My personal journey in part has been about coming to understand who I am.  This has taught me many life lessons far beyond grappling with being a transgender person. As I tell audiences, I’m simply a survivor of the Human Condition–it’s just that my survivorship is far more public than for most.

As I learned about the true me, I also learned how connected we are as humans. Without even knowing you, dear reader, I’m certain that notwithstanding my personal story, we have many things–like wanting a child in our life to succeed–in common. It’s our human commonalities that I focus on in my speaking, training and consulting. Indeed, a basic element of “inclusivity” is that we’re more willing to include someone in our life if we believe we have things in common or if we at least are willing to explore for commonality.

Other than having gone through a life-changing experience, my qualifications to train on human inclusivity include having been a civil trial attorney for nearly thirty years (100+ trials, many involving the workplace), founding an award-winning legal access nonprofit, and helping to lead an organization of Twin Cities diversity and inclusion professionals.  My approach is unconventional (no podium, no PowerPoint) and I tell audiences that I’m good at connecting dots; in turn, I’m told that my work is engaging and thought-provoking–some even say, “transformative.” As of late 2020, I am approaching 1,000 talks or trainings for Fortune 100 companies, national law firms, government entities, nonprofits, and colleges/universities across North America.

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