LGBTQ Advocacy

Workplace Inclusivity & Allyship 101

Ellie Krug

Ellie Krug

Human Inspiration Works

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -

Session Overview

We often hear the word, “diversity”; usually it’s used with another word, “inclusion.” Generally, “diversity” is about numbers—how diverse is an organization/workplace based on the number of people identified by race, religion, gender, LGBTQ status, etc.  “Inclusion” generally is the extent to which someone feels that they matter to an organization or a group of people. If someone feels that they matter or are valued, they are more likely to stay or engage. If not, they will leave.  “Ally” is a status one assumes to support a community that society has historically marginalized (e.g. being an ally to LGBTQ people or to people of color).  In contrast, “inclusivity” and “allyship” are about action. They both take work to achieve—work that for some requires getting out of personal comfort zones. Inclusivity and allyship also take interacting with others—sometimes with someone who’s diverse or by speaking up on behalf of someone else (such as a diverse team member).


In 2009, while an Iowa civil trial attorney with 100+ trials, 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. Ellie 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.”