35 minutes | Feb 2nd 2021

Impactful leadership with a genuine drive to help with Steve Harlan | Changemaker

In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli talks with Steve Harlan, Founder of Harlan Enterprises. LLC, as he shares how he rose through the ranks at KPMG, the role he played on the DC Financial Control Board in turning around Washington DC’s finances and his commitment to the community.  

Some highlights:

  • Steve Harlan shares the story of his army days and how he ended up becoming an accountant
  • Steve Harlan talks about the importance of asking for help and helping others
  • How Steve Harlan ended up in Washington DC and the reason for his commitment to the community 
  • Steve Harlan’s involvement in founding Leadership Greater Washington
  • Steve Harlan shares the successes and challenges of turning around the finances of Washington DC

Also mentioned in this episode:

John Veihmeyer, former Global Chairman of KPMG

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington DC Delegate to US House of Representatives

Marion Barry, former Washington DC Mayor

Anthony Williams, former Washington DC Mayor

Linda Rabbit, Founder and Board Chair of Rand Construction 


Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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