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Owatonna Business Women Monthly Meeting: Changed Genders, Changed Perspectives; Ellie Krug, Founder & President of Human Inspiration Works, LLC

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom- Virtual Meeting


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What is it like to live a brand-new life in the other gender?

Transitioning from male to female involves breaking many express and implicit societal norms and exposes a transgender woman to seismic changes in how she interacts with and perceives the world. Some of those changes are driven by infusing the body with hormones; other changes result from how the rules are different depending on whether one lives as a man or as a woman.

While we hear a lot about transgender people these days, rarely does a “trans” person get asked to talk about what it’s like to live on the other side of the “gender fence.” With this insightful presentation, writer, lawyer and radio host Ellen “Ellie” Krug, who transitioned genders in 2009 at age fifty-two, will share what she’s learned (some of it the hard way) about going from male to female.

A part of this talk will be Ellie’s personal story; however, much of what Ellie will discuss is how the social and professional landscapes are so incredibly different than when she presented as male. This talk also spans the spectrum—social interactions, professional relationships, dating (including something about sex…), and family.

Audience members will be encouraged to ask Ellie questions—after all, it’s not every day that one gets a chance to find out what it’s like to live in the other gender!

In 2009, when she was a civil trial attorney in Cedar Rapids with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug transitioned from male to female; she 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 on nearly 1000 occasions. 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” and in 2019, OutFront Minnesota conferred Ellie its Legacy Award. She is also a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and a weekly radio host on AM950 radio. Her monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, reaches 9000+ readers and can be found at www.elliekrug.com . Ellie presently lives in Minneapolis and is the founder and president of Human Inspiration Works, LLC (www.humaninspirationworks.com).

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We will feature a guest host again this month while Karen Legault is on family leave.

Monthly Virtual Coffee Break March 23, 2021 10:30-11:00a.m. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84246060488?pwd=MjRRaVJkMnF0RXU3S1N3WkQ2ckxMZz09 

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