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About Loren Ekroth, Ph.D.

Dr. Loren Ekroth is a thought leader in the field of conversation skills. He is a consultant and speaker to business and government agencies and a communication coach to executives.

Business Background

-Founder and Director of the Natural Learning Center of Hawaii, a personal development training organization.

-President of Kama'aina Fundraisers that served nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Hawaii.

-Founder of Better Conversation Week, celebrated annually during Thanksgiving week since 2002.

-Creator of "Conversation Coaching Clubs," a worldwide organization for building conversation skills.



Coaching and Counseling

-35 years getting results in helping people and groups solve communication problems.


Writing and Editing

-Creator and Editor of “Teaching Excellence” 1987-1990, essays published each academic month from September to May and distributed to 100,000 university faculty throughout North America.

-As newspaper columnist for the Honolulu Sunday Advertiser, wrote on interpersonal communication and relations, 120 columns, 1992-2000.

-Wrote and published 720 articles for 7,000 subscribers in 81 countries in Better Conversations Newsletter, 2002-2015.


Education and International Travel Experience

-B.A. English and Theater Arts, University of Minnesota, 1956

-M.A. Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, 1958

-Intercultural research, Bogota, Colombia, 1966

-Ph.D. International Communication, University of Minnesota, 1967

-Diplomate in Psychology, California Psychosynthesis Institute, 1978

-Lived in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Libya, and Pakistan while teaching university courses as a lecturer for the University of Maryland, Europe.


Languages

-Moderate fluency in Spanish and Italian, rusty fluency in French and Hawaian creole (pidgin).