• AEI History

  • Firm History

    Founded in 1995, the Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence was the first firm in the world to mine the neuroscience of emotional intelligence for its applications to business. The firm was founded by Dr. Paul Wieand and Dr. Jan Birchfield who both personally witnessed social capital breaking down when an organization didn't have role models across every level of the organization building trust.


    Since 1995, AEI has offered practical, results-oriented programs for leadership development and corporate culture change. Our executive coaching practice is designed for senior and high potential executives who are seeking to optimize their overall leadership effectiveness. Our process is designed to help leaders hone the skills they need to build and mobilize strong organizations.

  • Leadership Development Model

    Our leadership development model stems from the research we and other scholars have done into the impact individuals have on the overall performance of organizations. In today’s rapidly changing and often turbulent business climate, we hold Advanced Emotional Intelligence to be the single most distinguishing characteristic of truly exceptional leadership.

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    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

    -- Maya Angelou

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    “The art of conducting one’s life requires not only deep knowledge of what one as a person really is, but also acceptance of it. Humble acceptance of the fact of our real limitations and our real abilities is the beginning of all wisdom” 

    -- Michel de Montaigne

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    "Most acknowledged leaders fashion stories – principally stories of identity. It is important that a leader be a good storyteller, but equally critical that the leader embody that story in his or her life.”

    -- Howard Gardner

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