A former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier and successful business executive, Jan Rutherford knows the value of overcoming challenges to strengthen resilience and lead more effectively.
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 grow their business through advising, facilitating, coaching, and wilderness expeditions. He is also cohost of The Leadership Podcast.
As a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver Business School for over a decade, Jan teaches two courses to MBA students: ‘Leadership in New Ventures’ and ‘Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland’ (delivered on-site in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland).
As a professional speaker, Jan 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 on numerous boards, and invests time with select DOD units and veteran organizations.
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.