Leadership & Adaptive Capacity    Collective Trauma & Cultural Renewal

Leadership Consultant and Sovereignty Coach, guiding individuals and communities from collective trauma towards cultural renewal, building adaptive capacities for innovation

Don't Miss the Upcoming
Healing from Collective Trauma
Live Webinar ​
with Dr. Sousan Abadian,
Dr. Doris Brothers, & Dr. Jack Saul
Friday, October 9, 2020

“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 

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.

Services Offered

Stay Tuned for Upcoming ARIA Leadership Immersion


Public Speaking & Workshop Facilitation 

Suggested topics under three series

Any presentation can be more fully explored in

half or full-day workshops

ARIA Coaching & Mentoring

Individual leadership development & life skills

Public Speaking & Workshops

The Creator Series

The Freedom Series

The Religion & Spirituality Series

A.R.I.A. Coaching

“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 

Media Features


"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

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