Rotary Club of Minneapolis University
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Minneapolis University

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis
615 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States of America
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July 1, 2020

Ellie Krug, President, Human Inspiration Works

disparities in Minnesota


Minnesota is at a crossroads relative to understanding systemic racism and marginalization of people based on skin color (and a host of other things). This talk will briefly dive into glaring skin-color based disparities in Minnesota as a way to explain why radical change/systemic deconstruction is critical for the state to move forward.

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 more than 800 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking®, across the country. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of the "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 9,300 readers and can be found at Ellie presently lives in Minneapolis and is the founder and president of Human Inspiration Works, LLC (

If you are interested in learning about future programs, click the Upcoming Speakers link at the top of the home page.

There will be no meeting July 8.
President Erik  announced that the club exceeded its 2019-20 goal of $9000 for donations to The Rotary Foundation. He has set a goal for 2020-21 of $10,000.
Carole Peterson announced that members have donated more than $4,000 for the George Floyd Memorial Rotary Scholarship. Seven District 5950 clubs have donated. A grant application was submitted today to the District Grant Committee for an additional $10,000.
President Erik reported that the District is hosting a series of sessions called Conversations on Race in July and August. More details to come.
Bob reported that Virginia Brooke’s membership has been upgraded from shared membership to regular membership. Great news for our club. 
The next club board meeting is July 15 at 10:30 AM by Zoom. All members are invited.
The speaker was Ellie Krug, member of the City of Lakes club and president of Human Inspiration Works. Ellie began her talk with reflections on being viewed as “other” as a transgender woman. She defined prejudice, discrimination, race, racism, white fragility, and other terms used in the conversation on racial inequities. She reviewed federal and state poverty guidelines and data on disparities in education and employment in Minnesota. She discussed some of the root causes of these disparities and approaches to addressing them.

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615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis

If traveling by car, take I-94 (from either direction) to the Huron Blvd. exit and turn left on Washington Avenue. Proceed to the corner of Washington and Walnut. Turn right on Walnut and an immediate left into the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel valet parking.

The Green Line is now open for service and the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel is easy to access from either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Green Line trains arrive and depart every 10 minutes throughout the day. Take the Green Line to the East Bank rail stop which is less than 1 block away from the Graduate Hotel. Fare: $1.75

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