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Jan Birchfield

Contemplative Leadership Development
Taos, New Mexico
I founded Contemplative Leadership Development in 2006. Our mission is to support the transformation of leaders and, subsequently, those that they serve, by cultivating a stronger connection between inner wisdom – the true source of leadership – and actions taken in the world. I have a particular passion for working with leaders who are struggling with low energy or burnout and wish to revitalize. For many years, I have studied the connection between leadership, psychology, and the nature of consciousness. I am a long-time practitioner of meditation and I enjoy incorporating practices that explore the unlimited nature of consciousness in my work. I offer my work both virtually and in a retreat setting. In 1995, I co-founded the Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence (AEI), where I served for eleven years as the Senior Partner. With an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in psychology, I began my career in the field of international affairs. After returning to school to earn my doctorate in psychology, I worked for some time in the field of mental health, specializing in the area of trauma. I live in Taos, New Mexico with my husband and 15-year old son.