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Jan Rutherford

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Jan entered the US Army at age 17, and spent six years in Special Forces as a medic and “A” team executive officer and three years as a military intelligence officer. He has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles in marketing, sales, business development, technology, training, product management and government affairs.

He is the founder of Self-Reliant Leadership – a leadership development firm focused on helping leaders develop self-reliance to create powerful futures. As a professional speaker, he presents to leaders at organizations and associations in the U.S. and Europe, and for CEO members of Vistage International. He is also a consistent blogger on the subject of leadership and change.

Jan is the author of The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership where half of the proceeds from the book go to the Special Operations Warrior and Green Beret Foundations.  He serves as a Senior Advisory Council Member for the Colorado ESGR (a Department of Defense volunteer program), and the University of Colorado Denver Boots to Suits program.

As a senior instructor at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, Jan teaches “Leadership in New Ventures” for MBA students and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates and “Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland” in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  He is also a charter facilitator and coach for the Learning Institute of the Leadership Investment in Colorado.

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.

He’s a dual U.S. and Irish citizen.  He enjoys traveling to see his children and grandchildren, and taking advantage of the trails in the Colorado Mountains.