Seth Kahan Hosts "Breakthrough Business Leadership" Workshop to Support Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's "Light the Way 5K"

Innovative Leadership and Executive Strategy Consultant, Seth Kahan, led a one-day workshop fundraiser for independent consultants on September 6 in Washington, DC on how to create breakthroughs in business success. 100% of profits went to the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's “Light the Way 5K” to help the blind or visually impaired achieve independence.

Bethesda, MD, September 18, 2011 --( Seth Kahan led a one-day workshop, “Breakthrough Business Leadership: Crossing the Threshold to a New Performance Level” for independent consultants, entrepreneurs, and small business owners on September 6 at Top of the Hill Conference Center in Washington, DC. All profits went to Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s “Light the Way 5K” Fun Run & Walk. There were more than 15 participants in attendance. Nearly $1500 was raised to help the blind or visually impaired achieve independence.

An integral part of the workshop was a special presentation by Charlie Plaskon, a 68 year old, legally blind athlete. His accomplishments are many, including completion of 8 half Ironman events, 6 full Ironman events, including the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He has 6 Olympic distance triathlons to his credit including the ITU World Championship representing the United States as part of Team USA in Laussane, Switzerland. He has been featured in two Ironman documentaries carried nationally on NBC and the Outdoor Life Network.

"Never before have I been invited to make a presentation to a group of individuals who have reached such a high level of success,” says Plaskon. “It was interesting for me to hear Seth use my life's challenges and successes to help others refocus and go beyond their limitations. This in turn challenged me to set new goals."

Space and catering for the workshop was generously donated by Josh Carin, proprietor of Gepetto Catering, in support of the Light the Way 5K. Carin, a well-respected presence in the Washington, DC area, runs Gepetto Catering, long admired for their reliability, innovation, and quality.

Kahan, a change leadership expert, bestselling author and CLB advisory board member, was honored to build a workshop to support CLB’s programs and services. Topics covered strategies for business leadership including discussion on:

- The Four Biggest Obstacles to Success
- How to Apply Charlie’s Story to Break Through Personal Limitations
- How to Radically Expand Client Networks: 12 Techniques for Swift, Widespread Growth
- The Three Major Growth Strategies for Independent Firms
- Tips for Creating Dramatic New Value for Existing Clients
- Expanding Services While Narrowing Scope for Brand Intensity
- Moving Out, Covering a Broader Region for Greater Impact

“Hosting this workshop was exceptional,” says Kahan. “Hearing Charlie’s story combined with breakthrough leadership discussions gave many the perspective needed to take their business to the next level. I hope everyone found the event as educational, informative and inspiring as I did. Judging from breakout sessions, comments and shared stories, I’d say many walked away with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and give back to a wonderful cause.”

Linda Hallman, Executive Director of the American Association of University Women was in attendance. She said, "We have a very large constituency to engage. A key takeaway from Seth's workshop was that, without traction, there's no opportunity for engagement. In fact, a 'spark' can initiate engagement, but it's interaction that truly feeds the 'flame.' Documents are merely artifacts of interaction ... the key is the people-to-people connections that truly result in engagement."

Kahan will continue to support CLB’s mission with upcoming workshop fundraisers. Stay tuned for additional opportunity notices.

About Seth Kahan
Kahan has worked with more than 60 CEOs and agency heads in both the private and public sectors. He has been designated a Thought Leader and Exemplar in Change Leadership and is the bestselling author of "Getting Change Right." He is also the author of Fast Company‘s blog, "Leading Change" ( and a regular contributor to the Washington Post column “On Success” (

About Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Light the Way 5K Walk/Run
Light the Way 5K is an annual family-friendly, non-competitive 5K walk/run fundraiser hosted by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Proceeds from the event are used to benefit programs for people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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