Ellen Wagner

The idea to start my own business as a Diversity Coach arose not only from a deep desire for change in society, but also from very personal needs. As an adopted child and thus the only BIPoC member in my white family, I experienced early on the barriers encountered by a person who is perceived as different and as foreign. At the same time, in straddling both worlds, the opportunity arose for me to look at both perspectives and identify causes. I realized that a balancing act can basically also be a bridge that unites two seemingly opposing worlds.

By starting to see my difference as an advantage, I created opportunities for myself that had previously eluded me. After completing a master’s degree in business psychology and other positions such as lecturer at the IST School of Management, I finally moved to Princeton, New Jersey in 2019 with my wife and our daughter.

Here I founded cross cultural bridges – wagner coaching LLC, intercultural diversity coaching and workshops for individuals and companies in Germany and the greater USA.

My goal is to create a world, and especially a working world, where we learn to see difference as enrichment. A world where women and members of the BIPoC and LGBTQIA* community no longer have to raise their voices to highlight their value to our society.

A world in which equality will be so self-evident that one day my work will no longer be necessary.

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My Team

Diversity needs a lot of competences to get involved. Get to know my team.

My Team

Diversity needs a lot of competences to get involved.
Get to know my team.

Ellen Wagner

Chief Executive Officer

Management of the company, moderation and facilitation of formats


Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for all things scheduling, invoicing, and data management.

İlyas Kılıç

Chief Project Officer

Responsible for project planning, copywriting and editing

Marcel Adrien

Chief Technology Officer

Responsibility for software and hardware

My cooperation partners

Stronger together. Get to know the people I work with.

My cooperation partners

Stronger together. Get to know the people
I work with.

Sharon Hurley Hall is an anti-racism activist, author and educator, and diversity team leader at Omnis Education. She is committed to eliminating racism and is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sharon’s Anti-Racism Newsletter. In this online publication, Sharon writes about life as a Black woman in majority-white spaces and amplifies the voices of other anti-racism activists. She has written articles for businesses and non-profits that want to be authentic with their DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) content.

The Impact Company is a Diversity, Audience & Culture consultancy that helps companies, startups and organizations increase the economic participation of BIPoCs and thus become more competitive. As a company founded and led by German BIPoC Expert:ins from the fields of Policy, Media, Marketing, Community Building, Operations, Product and Brand Management, The Impact Company specializes in guiding companies through cultural change towards Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Anti-Racism, Cultural Relevance and Purpose.

Cathérine Ngoli is a consultant for organizational and human resource development. As an expert in inclusive leadership, diverse teams and inclusive employer branding, she supports companies in, design and implementation of D&I corporate strategies and of human resources and leadership programs.
She wants to create space for inspiration and representation to motivate every company and every person to fully realize their own potential.

Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler

Thomas (he/they) is a multilingual copywriter, brand coach – and tea expert. Due to his background in linguistics, Thomas is keenly aware of the role that language plays in the visibility, performance and representation of identity. Growing up in Germany in the 90s as a homosexual male, Thomas’ uniquely uncompromising way of communicating his own identity early provided him with first-hand experience with the stigmatization of marginalized groups.

A specialist in all things language, Thomas has since made it his mission not only to challenge the corporate world to become more inclusive, but also to enable companies to adapt their style guides, and their corporate discourse, in order for everyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ to feel represented. Thomas’ ultimate goal is for people to feel confident in the use of a more gender-inclusive or gender-neutral language in their everyday lives, not only in a professional environment.

Michele Mees and Pascale Ameye have made it their mission to promote inclusive attitudes and behaviors and to provide equal access and opportunities for all.
The co-founders of Inclusion Now have lived in several countries and gained experience not only as training content writers and trainers, but also as coaches and keynote speakers. DEI experts have lived in several countries including France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, giving them global experience on topics such as inclusive leadership, inclusive networking, and community building.

Romy is Yoga Health Coach, a conscious leadership, yoga and mindfulness coach and motivational speaker. She empowers people to create a complete practice of consciously leading their lives so they can do their work in the world. Romy is an expert at customizing and facilitating training sessions, physical activity breaks and mindfulness sessions at conferences and workshops.

Laura Gehlhaar

was born in Düsseldorf in 1983 and studied social pedagogy and psychology in the Netherlands and Berlin. In 2008 she came to Berlin for a job in gerontological psychiatry. In 2014 she completed a mediation and coaching training (univ.) and now works as an author, consultant and speaker. She advises companies and gives lectures on inclusion and accessibility. In September 2016, her first book “Kann man da noch was machen?” was published by Heyne Verlag.

Andrea Kahlenberg is a trained business coach, business mediator and systemic consultant with over 20 years of experience in the field of “Systemic Change and Leadership”. Her focus is on sustainable transformation and cultural diagnostics. The focus is on the dovetailing of business strategy, human resource structures and decision-making processes in companies. She advises companies on successful and sustainable change – a matter of the heart for her!

Photo: Tanja Deuß, knusperfarben.de

Jo, Saskia and Mirjam from the organizational consultancy It’s about Leadership combine the systemic view of the individual with the systems theory view of companies and organizations. They think about the person AND the context. The teams AND the organization. Together with the people in charge, they create structures and systems that enable personal responsibility and self-organization.

LGBTQIA* Safe(r) Place – Come as you are

My workshops, coaching sessions, and this website support everyone in their individual identity discoveries. As a Black, queer woman in the professional world, this is especially true for me in the LGBTQI* community.

Welcome Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, and Queers/Questionings + and every­one outside and between.