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Trustee Cohen ’67 Writes First Book

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustee Stephen L. Cohen ’67 has built a career on his “passion for helping both employees and their organizations become more productive and grow.” In his first book, The Complete Guide to Building and Growing a Talent Development Firm (, Cohen shares his more than 40 years of experience in talent development and human resources management, offering practical strategies for establishing and growing a successful consultancy.

The book, which will be published in March, offers lessons for firms to start anew or build existing businesses. Cohen, an industrial psychologist by training, began his career in academia, but “when I discovered I was pretty effective as a consultant I just continued to pursue the field,” he recalls. “Seven consulting firms later, several of which I was fortunate enough to sell, I felt it was time to pull together all that I had learned about building and growing a business in this industry, and write this book.”

Cohen is the founder and principal of Strategic Leadership Collaborative, Inc., a private consulting practice focused on business strategy and leader development. The practice offers leadership solutions designed for a rapidly changing and unpredictable business environment, with services ranging from educational experiences and strategic planning to performance and succession management.

During his career, Cohen has developed a wealth of expertise, working with more than 150 major corporations around the globe across numerous industries, including technology, financial services, pharmaceuticals, consumer/food products, media, transportation and government. Cohen has created hundreds of groundbreaking consulting engagements for Fortune 500 as well as training supplier companies. He has served on more than 15 advisory boards in the training and education industry and has facilitated strategic growth planning initiatives for numerous others.

Cohen has authored and delivered scores of refereed articles, chapters and presentations on a wide spectrum of talent development topics, including leadership and organizational assessment, development, delivery and evaluation. In addition to his service on the HWS Board of Trustees for the last decade, and past president of the Alumni Council, he has been an active volunteer for talent management industry associations.

A psychology major at Hobart and William Smith, Cohen went on to earn a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee. He also obtained the Certified Performance Technologist designation from the International Society for Performance Improvement and completed the Carlson Executive Education Program through the University of Minnesota’s Executive Education Department.