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Seth Kahan Presents at American Public Transportation Association CEOs Seminar

Executive change expert, Seth Kahan, conducted a session at APTA’s Transit CEOs Seminar 2011 in San Diego, CA, sharing strategies and tactics for business leaders to lead effective industry change.

Bethesda, MD, March 15, 2011 --( Seth Kahan led a ninety-minute executive session, “Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out” at the American Public Transportation Association Transit CEOs Seminar on Tuesday, February 8, in San Diego, CA.

Kahan, a change leadership expert, bestselling author and highly regarded speaker, shared guidance on approaching change in a new way. “Public transit authorities operate in a complex world of multiple stakeholders including the public, politicians and policy makers, transit operations, unions, and other important players. Their role leading the US in public transportation impacts critical issues that we are all concerned about including job creation, the environment, business development, population distribution, and innovation. Helping these leaders get change right must be a priority for the sake of society, our environment, and our children’s well-being.”

The session covered a critical shift from the old mindset of coming up with a good idea, and then pushing it through with mandates, saying the way to successful change is through engagement – the need to connect to people, to listen, share ideas and to involve key people in the realization of their goals. Transit CEO leaders across the US were in attendance.

APTA, a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private member organizations, is the leading force in advancing public transportation in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed rail. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the US and Canada are served by APTA member systems.

Seth Kahan has worked with top-level executives in companies that include World Bank, Peace Corps, Prudential Retirement, as well as over 40 associations and public sector agencies. Kahan's book, Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out is a Washington Post bestseller and identified by American Express OPEN Forum as a Top 20 of 2010. He writes online for Fast Company (

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