About me

The idea of starting my own business as a diversity coach arose not only from a deep desire for change for society, but also from very personal needs. As an adopted child and thus the only BIPoC member in my white family, I experienced the barriers early on that meet a person who is perceived as different and strange. At the same time, the balancing act between the two worlds gave me the opportunity to look at both perspectives and recognize the causes. I realized that a balancing act can basically also be a bridge that unites two apparently opposing worlds.

By starting to see my being different as an advantage, I created opportunities that I had previously been unable to use. After a master’s degree in business psychology and other positions, e.g. as a lecturer at the IST University of Management, I finally moved to Princeton, New Jersey with my wife and our daughter in 2019.


Here I founded cross cultural bridges - wagner coaching LLC, intercultural diversity coaching and workshops for private individuals and companies in Germany and in the United States.


My goal is to create a world, and especially a world of work, in which we learn to see otherness as enrichment. A world in which women and members of the BIPoC and LGBTQI community no longer have to raise their voices to emphasize their value to our society. A world in which equality will be so natural that one day my work will no longer be necessary.  

Ellen Wagner cross cultural bridges

Professional background:

Certified systemic coach & change manager

INeKO Institute at the University of Cologne for the development of personal and interpersonal skills


Lecturer, trainer & author for Tourism & Hospitality Management

IST University of Management, IST Study Institute


Master of Arts in Business and Psychology

Master Thesis: corporate culture to combat anti-black racism in organizations


Over 22 years of experience in the service industry

Lived in England, Greece, Tunisia, Spain and, currently the USA

Memberships & Volunteering

Afro German Academic Network: ADAN e. V. , Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, Princeton ; MentorMe, Berlin ; New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce; Families in Global Transitions