upcoming engagements

I have a very active talks/presentations/trainings calendar, such that it has become very difficult to timely update this page. (For example, in 2018, I conducted 170+ trainings; the number in 2019 was 154.) Thus, please contact me directly at elliejkrug@gmail.com to determine if a particular date or time frame you are considering is open on my calendar. (I do respond to all email inquiries on a timely basis.) I present locally, regionally, nationally and in Canada, and I am now taking 2020-21bookings. Also, please see the “representative clients/sectors” page on the menu bar of this site for a listing of prior clients and the sectors that I’ve served. Although this website is more information-filled, additional information can be found at my company website, Human Inspiration Works, LLC.

Also, I have a weekly radio and podcast show on AM950, KTNF in Minnetonka, MN, “Ellie 2.0 Radio” on Mondays from 7:00-8:00 a.m. CST. You can find a listing of past podcasts and shows here. These shows are for the most part taped in advance, meaning that I have flexibility to present and train in-person wherever during the week.

Finally, please note: for some reason, WordPress likes to mix fonts, so as you read below, please understand that I can’t control everything (as much as I’d like to…).

The following list of engagements is current as of August 10, 2020:



  • 1st “Disparities in MN,” Minneapolis-University Rotary Club, via online
  • 9th “Overcoming Othering: Radical Inclusion and Authenticity,” Upward Bound Wisconsin, via online
  • 20th Multiple trainings, Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, via online
  • 21st “Workplace Allyship 101,” Allianz Life Insurance Company, via online
  • 22nd “Gray Area Thinking,” When I Work, Inc. via online
  • 23rd, “Gray Area Thinking,” SRF Consulting Group, via online
  • 28th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” Johnson Co. IA, via online


  • 6th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” Ramsey Co. MN, via online
  • 12th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” Orange County (CA) ALA Chapter via online
  • 18th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” MN ALA Chapter via online
  • 19th “Gray Area Thinking®” and other talks, CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (HQ)  Hartford CT via online
  • 24th “Transgender 101,” Federal Judicial Center, San Diego–Cancelled due to virus 


  • 2nd Held for a potential client
  • 9th “Transgender 101,” for the St. Louis Chapter, ALA via online
  • 16th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” 4th Judicial District, MN, via online
  • 18-19th Various talks in Denver for the Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality/Mariposa–Postponed due to virus 
  • 22nd “Gray Area Thinking,” in Eau Claire and Menomonie, WI
  • 23rd “Bridging Divides,” for Ameriprise Financial Services, via online
  • 24th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” MN Association of Counties via online


  • 1st Multiple “Gray Area Thinking” trainings for Cole Schotz, P.C. via online
  • 3rd, held for Library Association to moderate panel of children’s LGBTQ book authors
  • 14th “Gray Area Thinking,” for the North Star SHRM chapter, via online
  • 27th Various talks, including a keynote, for the Colorado Bar Association CLE, via online
  • 28th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” Chief Legal Officers Group, Health Partners as sponsor, via online


  • 4th “Minnesota Disparities,” Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club
  • 17th Presentation to law enforcement education class, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis



  • 10th “Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color,” 4th Judicial District, MN, via online


  • 1st Topic to be determined, Association of University Women, Minneapolis

Note: Some engagements are booked but not yet listed here due to time constraints. Please contact me to ensure that a date is open. Thanks!



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2 thoughts on “upcoming engagements

  1. Hi Ellie,
    Happy Holidays to you! My name is Anna McCann and I recently attended a “Gray Area Thinking” training in Red Wing, MN. You and the information you presented was fantastic! Thank you so much for coming and sharing with us.
    I work for a non profit organization called Three Rivers Community Action in Zumbrota, MN. Our website is: http://www.threeriverscap.org, if you’d like to check us out to see what we do. The list is long, but the basic gist is that we provide many different services for those in need. That said, every year we have an agency wide staff training and I plan to suggest we have you come and give the same training for that event. Before I do that; however, I need a couple pieces of information first. 1. Would this be something you would be interested in? 2. How much would you charge (travel time and 2-4 hrs. training)? 3. Do you have a discounted rate for non profits? 4. Are you available Friday, April 17th?
    I look forward to your response. Thank you in advance for your consideration and information.
    Have a wonderful day!

    • Hi Anna! Thanks for reaching out; yes, this is the kind of work I do (training at organizations) and I’d be happy to come work with your organization. I am available on April 17th too. Because this comment and reply might be public, I’ll share rate information via email. Could you please email me at elliejkrug@gmail.com? That’s a way better way for us to communicate anyway. Thanks! ellie

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