Leadership & Adaptive Capacity    Collective Trauma & Cultural Renewal

Leadership Consultant and Coach, guiding individuals and communities from collective trauma towards cultural renewal, enhancing resilience and adaptive capabilities

Sousan Abadian

“Sousan has a huge combination of imagination, intelligence, and concern for empirical data. [Her research is] pioneering, highly original work.”

– Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics 

Amartya Sen, Sousan Abadian

About Sousan

Dr. Sousan Abadian has an independent practice, teaching, speaking, and consulting internationally on leadership, innovation, and culture change. She helps her clients cultivate inner exponential technologies to enhance their well-being, creativity, resilience, and performance. 


Sousan holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University, an M.P.A. in International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School, and an M.A. in the Anthropology of Social Change and Development, also from Harvard University. She has served as a Fellow at M.I.T.'s Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values as well as at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. Between 2017-2019, she also served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, focused on preventing violent extremism.

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A.R.I.A. Coaching
Individual leadership development & life skills

“I came to Sousan hoping to find clarity about my ideal next career step and I walked away with so much more. Intuitively intelligent, her technique is a unique blend of art and science, helping even the most skeptical of clients take the leap of faith and believe in themselves and find a pragmatic way to achieve their dreams.”

- Rum Ekhtiar

Founder & Partner, Per Se Partners 

Public Speaking & Workshops

Collective Trauma, Post-Traumatic Narratives, & Cultural Renewal

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Webinar Recording

Other potential topics under three series

Any presentation can be more fully explored in half or full-day workshops

The Religion & Spirituality Series

Healing from Collective Trauma
Webinar ​
with Dr. Sousan Abadian,
Dr. Doris Brothers, & Dr. Jack Saul

Recorded on October 9, 2020


"I can’t thank you enough for an informative, inspiring presentation…you gave me hope for our government and a reminder to continue to work on myself, to meet anger with kindness and fear with love."

- Sherry Schiller, Ph.D.

President, Schiller Center for Connective Change

Collective Trauma and Challenges to Diplomacy
The U.S. Department of State Official Blog 
Trails of Tears and Hope
"Collective trauma" takes a ferocious toll on human societies, yet there are pathways to healing.
Harvard Magazine