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August 11, 2017 – Driving Business Results with High-Impact Storytelling

Jan Rutherford

Jan Rutherford

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

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 cohost 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’ to MBA students and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates. He also teaches ‘Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland’ (delivered on-site in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) to business students.

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 as an advisor for various 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.


The Littlest Green Beret
The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership

by Jan Rutherford

October 13, 2017 – Driving Business Results with High-Impact Storytelling

Esther Choy

Jan Rutherford

Esther Choy is the President, CEO, and Chief Story Facilitator of Leadership Story Lab, a training and consulting firm dedicated to teaching classical storytelling to modern leaders.

She also lectures in Kellogg’s Executive Education Programs at Northwestern University, and the University of Zurich’s Department of Quantitative Business Administration.

Since 2010, Esther has coached thousands of executives, motivating their teams, facilitating change and wining customers through storytelling. To-date her investment-firm clients have raised over $5 billion in new assets under management.

In addition to being a nationally acclaimed expert in business storytelling and an AMACOM business book author, Esther is a self-proclaimed expert in having fun while doing serious things.

Ms. Choy lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Her favorite questions for everyone are:
    1–What’s your story?  2–How will you tell it?  3–Who will listen?


Let the Story Do the Work
Let the Story Do the Work:
The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

by Esther Choy






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—— this month's topic ——
Accelerating Team Performance – Lessons from Special Ops
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