Louis Alloro is a change-agent whose background and training places him at the intersection of Education (teaching & learning) and Positive Psychology (the science of optimal functioning, success, and happiness).
As one of the first hundred people in the world to earn a degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Louis had the privilege of working with Dr. Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, known for his landmark research first in learned helplessness and then, learned optimism. He is a Fellow of George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing.
Louis’ graduate research at the University of Pennsylvania melded Positive Psychology with social construction theory, the idea that reality is whatever we create, into a framework called Social-Emotional Leadership designed to help systemic positive change within organizations or communities. The theory is that Social-Emotional Leaders already exist within our networks. Once they’re found and leveraged, they can be called to act in helping design the prototype which will enable and sustain the positive social and cultural change we’re after. Louis writes about Social-Emotional Leadership and other topics related to the application of Positive Psychology regularly on his blog and on Positive Psychology News Daily.
Louis’ practical experience includes several years in corporate technology sales, where he took a role in inside and outside sales and managed a team to success (and after 9/11, no less, when no one was buying technology). At the beginning of his career, Louis worked as a high school English teacher and in the between times, helped manage a tri-state family construction business. To read more about his assorted past, look here.
Today, Louis works with individuals and organizations of all kinds in facilitating positive growth. He is frequently invited to speak at organizational, community, academic or trade events on topics pertaining to Positive Psychology, wellness, success, happiness, and leadership. He runs the NYC Positive Psychology Forum and partners with George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing on a community change initiative in Cleveland, Ohio.