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Speaker: Ellen (Ellie) Krug

KrugEllenGray Area ThinkingTMUnderstanding Diverse Humans and Welcoming Transgender Attorneys, Co-Workers and Clients

Ellie Krug offers a toolset — Gray Area ThinkingTM — for interacting with diverse humans in a mindful and compassionate way. The presentation includes a discussion about inclusivity, “allyship” and the need for greater compassion for all humans.

Our society is tackling many issues relative to diversity and how to be welcoming toward and inclusive of persons who are "different." This includes challenges relative to accepting transgender or gender nonconforming persons. With this presentation, Ellie Krug (a trial attorney who transitioned from male to female in 2009 at age 52) provides a toolkit, Gray Area Thinking, as a way of understanding and welcoming "different" humans of all persuasions. As a part of this training, she shares about what it means to be transgender and offers tips on how to welcome your firm's first (or second or third) transgender attorney, co-worker and client. The presentation includes a discussion about inclusivity, "allyship," and the need for greater compassion for all humans. Attendees will be provided an easy to understand/remember toolset (Gray Area Thinking) on how to be more welcoming and inclusive of persons who are "different."

Ellie Krug holds degrees from Coe College and Boston College Law School, practiced law in Massachusetts and Iowa, and founded a law firm specializing in trial work. She has more than 100 trials to her credit. In 2009, after transitioning from male to female, Krug became the first Iowa attorney — and one of the few nationally — to try jury cases in separate genders. She also serves as the Executive Director of Call for Justice, LLC, a nonprofit that helps low-income earning persons connect with legal resources.