Seth Kahan Presents at The Newseum on Strategic HR and Innovation

Change expert, Seth Kahan, recently led a gathering of human resources professionals on the contributions of HR to strategic leadership in Washington, DC, sharing strategies and tactics to chart the course for breakthroughs in organizational success.

Bethesda, MD, September 24, 2011 --( Seth Kahan hosted a gathering of HR VPs and local business leaders at The Newseum on “Strategic HR and Innovation: Creating the Future,” September 16, 2011, in Washington, DC. The HR Certification Institute hosted the event in partnership with The McCormick Group, a highly esteemed executive search firm.

Kahan, a change leadership expert, bestselling author, and highly regarded speaker, led a discussion with over 60 executives from Washington, DC, organizations. Keynote speakers included Janice Bogash, Deputy Director of Human Resources of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Bridget Atkinson, Chief Human Capital Officer of GTSI Corp, and Holly Kortright, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Deltek.

The half-day program was a gathering of strategic HR pioneers and leaders to chart the course for breakthroughs in organizational success. Each speaker shared their experience, expertise, and knowledge on strategic HR and innovation as it relates to the value of HR at the helm of transformation and business growth. Participants earned 3.5 recertification credits for strategic business management from the HR Certification Institute by attending the event.

The event inaugurates a series of activities the HR Certification Institute is planning to elevate a conversation on the contribution of Strategic HR to business growth and success. Released at the event, was a white paper which showcases the work of Holly Kortright, a business leader who has successfully used HR to transform and grow her organization. Copies are available and can be requested by contacting Seth Kahan at

“Strategic HR leadership plays a guiding role in business development and growth,” says Kahan, “and is rising in eminence as it's impact is wielded successfully in leading organizations. CEOs are beginning to rely on the head of HR to identify the skills needed to successfully compete in a difficult marketplace, drive execution excellence, and pull together the business experience required to innovate successfully. We are fortunate to have organizations like the HR Certification Institute who want to study and learn from trends like these, incorporating their findings into the certification that will ensure leaders across the globe that their certificate holders are well equipped to lead through today's challenges."

"Our event would not have been a success without the support of the The McCormick Group, which put us in touch with the best of the best when it comes to executive leadership. The people I have met through their extensive network including every one of our keynote speakers are truly exceptional leaders. This event was a match made in heaven. The outputs, including video and articles will be pouring forth in the months ahead. Look for more to come, and write me if you would like to be included:”

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 a blog for Fast Company, Leading Change, and his work often appears in the Washington Post. More than 400 of his articles are available for free download on his website,

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