Kristin Ekkens, Founder & CEO
Kristin brings a unique perspective to leadership and talent development specifically in multinational and domestic multicultural companies. Serving as executive director of a national nonprofit focused on closing the workforce skills gap, senior consultant and corporate intercultural trainer, and workplace language and literacy program director, Kristin has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating workplace learning and performance initiatives. Her area of expertise is bridging cultural and linguistic gaps in culturally diverse companies.
Since 2002, Kristin has provided cross-cultural leadership skills, global team building, and global talent development (including customized English language and literacy training) to over 75 companies with diverse workforces. Her practical experience, passion for workplace inclusion and cultural intelligence, and her interest in evaluating ROI inspire Kristin as she works with clients to build a stronger, more competitive and innovative workforce. Her workplace learning initiatives have received multiple awards for quality and innovation including international exposure in a 2008 broadcast of ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson and recognition in 2011 as a best practice by Singapore Workforce Development Agency.
Kristin is a certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center. She earned an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and a BA in Spanish and Linguistics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. She currently serves as interest section Chair (2014-15) for an international language teaching association. Kristin’s international experience includes living in Spain, studying at La Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao and La UNED in Denia, staying with host families in Mexico and Costa Rica, and traveling extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Western Europe, and New Zealand.