About the Team

Seth R. Silver, Ed.D., Organizational Consultant

Seth R. Silver Since 1998, Dr. Silver has been the principal of Silver Consulting, Inc., an independent consulting practice, where he has worked with such diverse clients as: Alcoa, Alfred State College, Alstom, American Red Cross, Bausch & Lomb, Bosch Security Systems, Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU), Cannon Industries, Canterbury Woods Senior Living, Cape Cod Healthcare, Charter One Bank, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Genesee Regional Bank, Government of Jamaica, Harris RF Communications, Jewish Senior Life Nursing Home, Klein Steel, Manulife Financial, Ontario County Government, Pactiv Manufacturing, Rochester Catholic Diocese, Toshiba Business Solutions, Ultralife Batteries, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), University of Rochester Medical Center, and Xerox Corporation, to name a few. His work has included consulting to senior management on such topics as cultural change, employee engagement, and customer loyalty; working with leadership teams to increase effectiveness and performance; providing clients such services as executive coaching, strategic planning, and organizational diagnosis; and teaching employees professional skills and strategies for workplace success.

Dr. Silver has developed and trade-marked a unique business process called The Workplace Covenant, which helps parties in any organization to exchange and agree upon reciprocal Obligations so they can ensure trust, feedback and alignment in their relationship.

From 2000 to 2013, Dr. Silver was an Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., where he taught Masters level students in the Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development (OL/HRD) program, in the Bittner School of Business; and at the Doctoral level in the Wilson School of Education. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Silver was on faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in the College of Applied Science and Technology, as a Lecturer (non-tenure track professor position) in their HRD Masters program.

Prior to his consulting practice and college teaching, Dr. Silver served as an Internal Consultant and Manager of Organization Development for the largest engineering division of the Xerox Corporation, in Rochester, NY. He was co-responsible for the development of leadership and learning strategies for 500 managers across the country. His responsibilities included the design and delivery of empowerment and team effectiveness training, individual coaching and counseling for managers, and conducting staff development workshops. He also co-developed the company’s Technical Development Advisory (Mentoring) Program.

Dr. Silver holds a Bachelors degree in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto; a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University; and a Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University. His doctoral research examined the relationship between leadership behaviors, engineers’ perceptions of empowerment, and team and individual performance. Dr. Silver has published in Training Magazine, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management Inquiry, and Training and Development (T&D) Magazine. He is also on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in the Rochester area.

  • Brenda Kwan, Manager
    Dr. Seth Silver was brought in to help my team who, at the time, had a very challenging work environment due to some strong personality conflicts and trust had eroded over the period of more than a year. In 3 sessions over a 1 year span, Dr. Silver was able to guide the group to identify the "elephant in the room" in a safe space, give parameters of conduct through the Workplace Covenants created by the team, learned how to have productive and effective meetings, and generally provide honest and direct guidance to help the team move forward. As a manager, I also learned some very valuable tools to engage with staff who are struggling in the work environment. Over the year, I was able to witness the team come back together so that work can again progress. Though the personalities did not become "best friends", there was at least communication that can be had in order for the team to function. I and my team are very grateful for Dr. Silver’s expert guidance and knowledge translation. His ability to listen to the issues and find very real and practical solutions is one of his greatest assets. Thank you for bringing us back together!
    Brenda Kwan, Manager
  • Reuben Shanthikumar, P.Eng.  Project Manager
    Thank you for the tools you taught me at the Effective Meetings course. The tools are invaluable, they have created such an efficient work environment that we as a team are more productive and happier overall, simply because we no longer have those wasted meetings to gripe over
    Reuben Shanthikumar, P.Eng. Project Manager
    Transportation Design Division
  • Search Engine Marketing Firm
    Seth has been a key advisor and coach for me as I continue to develop as a business leader. His honest and open approach fosters a strong positive relationship for us, allowing for a high degree of trust and openness. His keen insights and broad understanding of business leadership concepts continue to parlay that trust into a very productive and positive growth experience. I highly recommend Seth as both a personal leadership coach and as an educator to groups of any size within your organization.
    Search Engine Marketing Firm