The Center for Leadership Studies attracts some of the best and brightest students in the School of Management and across the Binghamton University campus. Additionally, we are fortunate to have the involvement of several leadership practitioners as well, ones who enrich the experiences of our students and program participants.
The CLS gratefully acknowledges the contributions of these CLS Friends over the last several years. They have provided their time, advice and skills selflessly, and in doing so, several of our students have personally benefited from their experiences and interactions with these Friends.
Southern Tier Leadership Academy
For more than 10 years the CLS has partnered with local school districts under the coordination of Broome-Tioga BOCES to administer the Southern Tier Leadership Academy. Designed to stimulate interest and development of educational leadership within the local area, the Academy has graduated more than 75 local educators through this year-long program which includes assessment, development, mentoring and personalized leadership development plans. Teachers in K-12 are identified and nominated by local superintendents and school administrators as “high potential teachers” with excellent leadership potential.
For more information about this program, please visit the
Southern Tier Leadership Academy website.
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In Charge of What’s Next. Founder of Play.
Andy has earned a reputation as one of the most disruptive and effective advisors in business. In 1990, Andy co-founded Play, the creative consultancy headquartered in Richmond, VA, that changed the way business does business. Play has become widely respected as a pioneering group of experts and a thought leader in the space of creativity and innovation.
As a consultant, Andy teaches practical skills, leadership behaviors, and specific processes for developing and implementing ideas at work. With an infectious passion and energy, he guides audiences through the powerful evolution from inspiration to creativity to innovation. Andy brings life to a room and gets people to their feet in a way that few consultants can.
In addition to being an accomplished speaker, Andy serves as a lead consultant for clients, leadership advisor, and blue-sky thinker. A zealous, vibrant, and passionate businessperson and community member, he has committed his life to making business a lot more interesting and vastly more creative.
Susan Kerr, MBA
Susan is the founder and president of Advancing Inspiration, a solutions-based facilitation, coaching, and consulting company focusing on mindfully advancing leadership, service, strategy, change, satisfaction, and bottom-line results for individual, teams and organizations. To date over 85% of Advancing Inspiration's clients have returned for additional services.
Susan earned her MBA from The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and holds an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication with a German minor from California State University at Fullerton and Eberhard Karls University at Tuebingen (Germany).
Prior to establishing Advancing Inspiration, Susan held leadership positions with The Advisory Board Company, a Washington,DC-based hospital think tank; Play, a Richmond-based creativity and innovation company; and Ernst & Young, a global leader in management consulting. For more information about Advancing Inspiration or to reach Susan directly, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey M. Saltzman, M.A., Practice Leader New York. Jeffrey M. Saltzman has over 20 years' experience in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He has extensive experience in diverse settings, consulting with heavy industry and high technology manufacturing, service companies, and federal and local government agencies on how to improve organizational performance.
A seasoned industry expert, Saltzman has conducted employee research in such areas as organization effectiveness, recruitment and retention, merger-related issues, diversity, downsizing, communication methods, employee morale/engagement and cultural differences. He has also extensively studied customer satisfaction, repurchase and recommendation intentions, and the linkages between employee and customer attitudes and bottom-line business performance.
Saltzman works with many of Kenexa’s clients world-wide on utilization issues associated with research results (i.e., the implementation of strategic business plans). Based in New York, he has traveled and worked extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. He has driven extensive technological changes to the industry of survey research, resulting in more automated processes and self-service options for clients.
Prior to joining Kenexa, Saltzman served as CEO of another survey research consulting firm. While there Saltzman oversaw a 3 fold increase in that company’s client base and revenues, and led the opening of new offices in London and Washington, D.C.
Saltzman held the position of Industrial Psychologist for The Timken Company and his chief responsibilities there included establishing selection standards for hiring, evaluating supervisory candidates, executive evaluation, succession planning and the company's employee survey process.
Saltzman is often invited to speak as a University lecturer and is also a noted conference speaker. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.