Steve Cohen is Founder and Principal for the Strategic Leadership Collaborative, focusing on leadership strategy and effectiveness solutions including developmental experiences, performance and succession management, senior team strategy alignment, high-performance coaching and research. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Solutions for Right Management’s Leadership Development Center of Excellence; and Vice President/General Manager for Carlson Marketing’s Custom Learning group.

Consulting Experience

Dr. Cohen is a 35 year veteran of the human resource management field. Steve earned worldwide recognition for his accomplishments in this field when named as one of the industry’s “thought leaders” by the American Society for Training & Development. Built on a solid academic and research foundation, his experience has brought the discipline and rigor to every one of his engagements. During his career, he has advanced the strategies of corporations around the globe, strategically directed the creation of 100 off-the-shelf training products as well as nearly 1,000 custom learning systems, pioneered online and blended learning solutions and is considered one of the world’s most forward thinking experts on leadership learning strategies, competency modeling, curriculum development, and integrated performance improvement systems. He has shared this expertise with well over 150 major corporations such as: technology (e.g. IBM, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Xerox); financial services (e.g. American Express, Bank of America, Wachovia); pharmaceuticals (e.g. Johnson & Johnson, Wyeth, Schering-Plough, Pfizer); consumer/food products (e.g. American Greetings, Campbell Soup, Colgate-Palmolive, Disney, General Mills, Mars); transportation (e.g. Ford, General Motors, Textron, Navistar, UPS); and government (e.g. F.A.A. Dept. of Transportation, U.S. Treasury, Dept. of Defense). He also has significant international experience having consulted in more than 15 countries.

The vast majority of client work has involved directing the discovery, design, development, and delivery of custom leadership development.

Steve has been an avid volunteer to the industry, having served in leadership and individual contributor positions for organizations such as A.S.T.D. and the Instructional Systems Association, receiving numerous awards for such contributions. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and other community groups.


Steve has authored more than 150 articles, chapters, and presentations on a wide spectrum of HRD topics from leadership to talent management to the global Mindset.