My work explores the relationship between leadership, psychology, contemplative practice, and innovation. I work with leaders both individually and in groups, as well as in retreat at our center in Taos, New Mexico. I have a passion for working with those who wish to revitalize or who have an interest in increasing emotional or intuitive intelligence. I am a long-time practitioner of meditation and I enjoy incorporating practices that explore the nature of consciousness into my work.

I enjoy writing and in 2016 published a book titled Silent Leaders

Earlier in my career I co-founded the Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence (AEI), serving as the Senior Partner for eleven years. In 2011 I moved to Taos, New Mexico and founded Contemplative Leadership Development (CLD) so that I could extend my work into a retreat setting.

I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the College of Wooster and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University.

I have two children and three grandchildren and presently reside in Taos.


Jan Birchfield, PhD

Jan Birchfield, PhD

Some of my better-known clients in the United States include:

  • Time Warner Cable

  • Campbell Soup Company

  • Novartis

  • Thermo-Fisher Scientific

  • Novo Nordisk

  • Westminster Choir College at Rider University

  • New York City Charter School System

  • Google Fiber

  • Young and Rubicam

In my business we are moving away from the production of commodities to a service culture, and so human capital is even more important. The kind of leadership required is different than what was needed in the past - flexible, adaptable, self-aware, humble, and inspiring to others. I want to become a more effective leader for this service-based economy.
— Jessica, Chief Operating Officer, Cable Company