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