Employers today are facing unprecedented challenges related to the unstable economic environment, changing customer demands, technological innovation, and investor expectations. To address these issues leaders need to develop new competencies, refine existing practices and create cultures that foster continuous improvement. At the same time, demands on resources are making it increasingly difficult to fund high-quality continuing education. Customized leadership development programs, while desirable, are often too costly for many employers. Through the ILD, companies will be able to take advantage of affordable customized leadership development programs delivered by top quality consultants.

The ILD is privileged to receive a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to extend our leadership development efforts to support the Diocese. 

ILD Mission

The mission of the Institute for Leadership Development at Siena College (“ILD”) is to develop and administer cost effective leadership training programs for organizations in the Capital District and beyond. The programs are designed to help organizations and individuals lead with integrity and ethical responsibility.



Professor of Management;
Executive Director, Institute for Leadership Development




306 Siena Hall, Siena College


Erik Eddy is an Professor of Management at Siena College. Erik’s primary teaching areas include strategic planning, human resource management, and organizational development and change.  Erik also conducts research on a variety of topics including mentoring, leadership, and employee participation in personal business (e.g., personal e-mail, conversations with colleagues) during work hours.


Erik received a bachelor of business administration from James Madison University in 1990, master degrees in business administration and organizational development from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and a doctor of philosophy from University at Albany (SUNY) in 1997.


Prior to joining the Siena College faculty in 2004, Erik worked from 1995 to 2004 at a local management consulting firm – The Group for Organizational Effectiveness – first as a consultant then as a project leader. Erik worked to support organizations in their organizational development, change management, management/employee development, and knowledge management efforts. A few sample projects included facilitating strategic planning to build managerial talent at Core Staffing Services; helping guide a team of internal experts at Tiffany & Co. to develop a certification program for their sales and operations professionals; facilitating working sessions with U.S. Air Force fighter pilots to identify the “Mission Essential Competencies” required to be successful; and researching the requisite characteristics of successful mentoring programs at the U.S. Navy. 



Dean, School of Business
Professor of Management




301D Siena Hall, Siena College


Chuck Seifert is dean for the School of Business at Siena College and a professor of Management. He holds a BA in Economics from the University at Buffalo, a MBA in Finance from Sage Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany. His teaching and research interests include: leadership effectiveness; enhancing multisource feedback programs, influence strategies, corporate governance, and applied statistics. He has presented his research at over 40 regional, national, and international conferences. His work has also been published in 17 peer-reviewed journals. Several of the journals are ranked as the most influential journals in the field including; Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Research Methods. 

Chuck was the executive director of the Institute for Leadership Development at Siena College  and has worked as a leadership consultant for several public and private organizations. His consulting has been largely focused on enhancing the effectiveness of the organizations’ leaders. He has also been invited to present on the topics of leadership, strategy, assessment, and enhanced teaching methods to numerous organizations ranging from General Electric to Franciscan Friars.

Prior to joining Siena College, Chuck held several positions in banking and finance. As a banker, he worked in branch operations, was a branch manager and vice president of commercial lending. Following his banking career, Chuck was chief financial officer of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.  



Visiting Assistant Professor of Business




David S. Liebschutz is a visiting assistant professor of business at Siena College, where he currently teaches seminars in leadership and law and economics and introductory courses in micro and macroeconomics. 


In addition, he was a long-term public service professor at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in leadership and financial management.

In addition to his work on campus, he is also the principal of DSLeadership, LLC, a consulting and coaching firm specializing in leadership development and strategic planning for a variety of organizations.  He has served in several leadership roles on local and national volunteer boards in the Jewish and larger communities.

He is a board-certified executive and life coach and has degrees in economics from Yale and law and public policy from Duke.