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Jan Rutherford Speaker

Jan Rutherford

Colorado, USA

Author, "The Littlest Green Beret"

Self-Reliant Leadership Expert and co-host, The Leadership Podcast

Global Expedition Leader with Executives & Special Operations veterans

Jan has over 25 years of business experience and has held executive roles in business development, marketing, sales, training, product management, and as a CEO.

Jan entered the U.S. Army at age 17 (weighing 114 pounds) where he spent six years in Special Forces as a medic and “A” team executive officer, and three years as a military intelligence officer.

In 2011, Jan founded Self-Reliant Leadership, LLC– a leadership development firm focused on helping leaders and teams develop self-reliance to create powerful results through executive workshops, custom programs, coaching, and wilderness expeditions.  He is also co-host of The Leadership Podcast.

As a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver Business School for over a decade, Jan teaches ‘Leadership in New Ventures’ and ‘Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland’ (delivered on-site in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) to MBA students.

As a professional speaker, Jan Rutherford presents the self-reliant leadership principles contained in his book “The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership” to business leaders across the U.S. and Europe. Half the proceeds of Jan’s book are distributed to the Green Beret and Special Operations Warrior Foundations. Jan also serves as a Senior Advisory Council Member for the Colorado ESGR (a Department of Defense volunteer program) and as a Mentor & Advisory Group Member of the University of Colorado Denver Boots to Suits program. He was recently profiled in Forbes Magazine for his work.

Jan holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix, where his research focused on the effects of long-distance learning on job performance. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Jan is a dual U.S. and Irish citizen with a special affinity for Ireland and the wilderness of the Western United States.

Our Comment

"Jan Rutherford is inspirational, credible, humble, authentic and grounded in real world experience as a leadership expert. Jan is in constant pursuit of insight for business and life, and communicates it with great effectiveness, as both a speaker and advisor. He works with leaders and teams to help them understand and apply the principles of Self-Reliant Leadership to drive positive change and produce meaningful and sustainable results. An accomplished business, academic, and military leader, Jan delivers transformative keynote presentations, workshops, executive coaching, and wilderness expeditions designed to move individuals, teams, and organizations from mere compliance to audacious and absolute commitment."

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