Listen and Learn How Blind People Really Get Jobs

LightHouse to Offer 22 Live-Stream Hours of Intensive Employment Retreat Starting Today! 

To listen to the stream, simply go to:

If you missed any part of our programming, note that all the sessions are being recorded and will be made available for download through our website at

Want to know the inside scoop on how blind people get job after job even in this economy? Want to listen in as blind professionals and blue-collar workers tell their stories of job success? And want to learn how blind employees manage to keep up their self-confidence and work-life balance?

The LightHouse for the Blind is beginning today an unprecedented four-day summit at its Enchanted Hills retreat in Napa, California. This lively immersion gathering will bring together more than 60 participants to talk seriously about employment. And not just how to shake someone’s hand or format a resume, but the deeper motivation and techniques everyone needs to win their next job.

Presenters will include Marty Nemko, Bay Area job coach, author and radio host; Kirk Adams, CEO of the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind; Elcio Barcellos, Vice President for Global Recruitment at Hewlett-Packhard; Michael Bullis, longtime writer and employment motivator; Gena Harper, a top executive with Smith-Barney; Mike May, entrepreneur and adventurer; Joe Xavier, Deputy Director, California Department of Rehabilitation; Tim Ford, attorney with the California Department of Health Services; George Wurtzel, lifelong blind advocate for blue collar employment; and many others.

The live-stream is not limited to a few professions or career paths. In fact, among the dozens of attendees in Napa will be people in law; high tech and programming; nursing; rehabilitation; counseling/therapy; ministry; chemistry/physics; social work; interpreting/translation; piano tuning; administrative support; accounting/finance; customer service; human resources; and advertising.

Our live-stream will begin on Tuesday, September 6th at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time and continue until 6:00 p.m. that day.  We’ll resume the live presentation Wednesday and Thursday at 8:45 a.m. and present our lively lineup until roughly 5:00 p.m. each of those days. We’ll wrap up with some powerful presentations Friday morning, September 9th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

The stream is free of charge, and we hope you will cross-post this information to any individual and organization who could use a powerful boost to their own employment objectives. The LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco is proud to offer this motivational and fun seminar to our community free of charge.

To listen to the stream, simply go to:

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011
Dr. Marty Nemko, Career Coach and Host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW, 91.7 FM (NPR-San Francisco)

Why Should I Go to Work? Mike Bullis, Executive Director, Image Center, Baltimore, MD

Note Taking & Effective Access Technology, Peggy Martinez, Accessibility Manager, Seattle Lighthouse

Three Skills You Can’t Do Without – Stacy Cervenka, former Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Brownback, Republican, Kansas

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
Reinventing Myself 14 times – Mike Bullis, Executive Director, Image Center, Baltimore, MD

Dairy to DOR – Joe Xavier, Deputy Director, California Dept. of Rehabilitation, Blind Field Services

Who Do I Hire? – Panel: Stephen Dobbs (professor and scholar; ret. CEO, Marin Community Foundation, Buck Trust; Senior Program Office, J. Paul Getty Trust; and Executive Director, Koret Foundation); Joe Xavier, Deputy Director, California Dept. of Rehabilitation; and Kirk Adams, CEO, Seattle LightHouse for the Blind

Be Your Own Job Developer! – Tim Ford, Attorney, CA State Dept. of Health and Human Services

Work-Life Balance – Panel: Theresa Duncan & Richard Rueda, Dir. Community Services, LightHouse for the Blind

Keeping your Head, Staying Unflappable – Joe Xavier

The Dragon Woman’s Interview Disasters and How to Avoid Them – Julie McCarthy, Director of HR and Facilities, LightHouse for the Blind

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011
Working a Room and Working the World – Mike May, President, Sendero Group LLC

Effective People I Know – Silvana Rainey, Co-Founder, Adaptive Technology Services

Blue-Collar Bliss (via Skype) – George Wurtzel, Industrial Arts Instructor, Blind, Inc, Minneapolis, MN

What You Wanted to Know from Recruiters, but were Afraid to Ask – Kate Williams, Employment Immersion Program Leader, LightHouse for the Blind

First Impressions in the Workplace, Mike Bullis

Once You Get That Job, How to Stay Employed: Tips HR Should Have Told You – Julie McCarthy

On relationship-building, reading people, having soft skills and developing those connections giving you breadth in work – Peggy Martinez

Friday, September 9, 2011  
Stop Holding Your Breath and Waiting for Perfection – Mike Bullis

Taking the Next Scary Steps – Mike May

Who Do I Hire? Panel: Elicio Barcelos, Vice President Global Recruiting, Hewlett-Packard


2 thoughts on “Listen and Learn How Blind People Really Get Jobs”

  1. Wednesday, September 7 our live broadcast was plagued with technical difficulties. The problem was resolved by mid/late afternoon. We expect it to be stable today. LightHouse regrets the inconvenience. The following url is currently working:

    If you missed any part of our programming, note that all the sessions are being recorded and will be made available for download through our website at

  2. hello I am trying to grab the listen on how blind get jobs podcast but its giving me a 404 error when I click on the links to download . can I have a direct link to download the podcasts please.

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