We can’t wait to meet you.

Saterman Connect are a team of natural, instinctive collaborators with a deep-rooted passion for culture change. While we each have our own distinct experience, specialties and certifications, we’re driven by a set of shared beliefs that allow us to work with all types of organizations across a wide range of industries to produce remarkable results.

D.E.I.B. is in our DNA.

We understand the complexities of our world and dig deep into the topics and issues at hand to ensure we can support your organization with insights, actions and awareness. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is embedded into our processes, actions and behaviors. This awareness allows us to better partner with your organization as you navigate your future.

Ethnically diverse
leadership teams
are 36% more
likely to be
profitable.

(McKinsey)

We live our values every day.

From our commitment to safe and non-judgmental environments to the importance of conscientiousness and a growth mindset, we live our values every day. You can see these come alive in the work we do and how we act. We take company values very seriously and will help you and your people turn shared cultural values into powerful, motivating beliefs.

Balance

Well-being is the cornerstone of a culture that supports everyone and encourages engagement and fulfillment.

Conscientiousness

Understanding how your intentions will be seen, heard, and felt are the best route to positive impact.

Courage

Addressing difficult topics isn’t easy, but courageous conversations can change everything.

Growth Mindset

Real transformation exists when you are open to new possibilities and accept that change is constant.

Safety

Cultural evolution and growth are only possible when people feel safe in judgment-free environments.

Vulnerability

Leaders who share their vulnerabilities connect more deeply with everyone in their organization.

It all starts with your people.

Our mission is to unlock your organization’s full potential, beginning with your people. Whether we’re focused on developing and growing leaders, helping you define your business or learning strategy, or tackling big conversations around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, it all starts with you listening to and empowering your people.

What makes us unique.

We have been in your shoes.
Our expertise on both sides of the client relationship gives us a unique perspective on the challenges you face, but we’re not trying to be the heroes. We are here to empower your organization and the people that define it. 
We are invested in real change
We want to help you create significant and focused growth within your organization. By creating deeper connections with your employees, and helping them see and understand the change that is underway, we uncover your true business potential together.
We tailor our solutions.
We leverage coaching, learning, leadership development and communications strategies to connect, grow, and nurture individuals, teams and organizations.
We are hands on.
We don’t encourage from the sidelines. We immerse ourselves in your culture and create connections with your employees directly, through face-to-face conversations, focus groups, coaching, and more. We will help you refine your strategies through doing, not just saying.
We create versatile tools
The digital products we build make it easy for you to flexibly tailor initiatives and communications across your organization for targeted long-term impact and value.
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What makes us unique.

Our team.

This is us. A close-knit team with highly diverse backgrounds and skill sets, coming together with a singular purpose to deliver powerfully on your objectives and exceed your expectations.

MANAGING PARTNER, FOUNDER

Josh Saterman [he/him]

MANAGING PARTNER, FOUNDER

Michael Saterman [he/him]

MANAGING PARTNER

Nettie Nitzberg [she/her]

MANAGING PARTNER, FOUNDER

Josh Saterman [he/him]

Josh was born in Miami but now lives in Harlem New York with his amazing husband and cat. His favorite food is pizza––is it bad to eat it everyday?

A proud HMI.org executive Board Member, Josh loves all animals (except snakes), traveling the world and exploring new cultures, and his great hope is for a world that listens better.

His superpower is being a connector and his professional passion is unlocking client’s superpowers and seeing where it takes them. He strongly believes “there’s awakening when you aren’t focused on yourself.”

Favorite quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

You can check out Josh’s full CV on LinkedIn here.

MANAGING PARTNER, FOUNDER

Michael Saterman [he/him]

A native New Yorker, Michael lived in the midwest and the American south before settling back in Harlem, New York where he lives with his understanding and thoughtful husband and cat.

Michael is very much at home in the creative outlet of a busy kitchen, both baking (try his signature sourdough if you get the chance) and cooking (he makes a mean Korean short rib).

Creative and positive from a young age, Michael loves to exercise and believes that if you don’t challenge yourself, you don’t know yourself. His superpower is distilling diverse ideas and input from a room full of visionary people to clearly define the best route forward.

My motto: A brand isn’t what you say it is. It’s what employees & customers say about you when you’re not present.

Favorite quote: “Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.” – Simon Sinek

You can view Michael’s full profile on LinkedIn here.

MANAGING PARTNER

Nettie Nitzberg [she/her]

Born in Niagara Falls, NY, Nettie now lives in South Boston, Massachusetts. She’s the mother of two beautiful independent women, and a rescue dog named ‘Tex’. She has an awesome husband who loves surprising her with special milestone birthday gifts.

Nettie’s dual passions are eyeglasses in all colors and shapes, and any organizing and decorating project that allows her to play with color, plants, flowers, and pillows. Lots of pillows.

Nettie is always excited to meet new people and make new friends, so it’s no surprise that her superpower is connecting people. Something she especially enjoys putting it to good use over a glass of wine.

My motto: “You can never have enough friends.”

Favorite quote: “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

You can dive into Nettie’s full profile on LinkedIn here.

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

Angela Edwards [she/her]

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

Kurt Edwards [he/him]

D.E.I.B. COLLABORATOR AND FACILITATOR

Susan Im [she/her]

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

David Lunken [he/him]

D.E.I.B. COLLABORATOR AND FACILITATOR

Jinnae Monroe [she/her]

Office Connector & Culture Manager

Michelle Ostroff [she/her]

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

Natalie Spiro [she/her]

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

Angela Edwards [she/her]

Angela is COO and Co-Founder of PyxAi, a soft skills and culture evaluation tool that helps organizations recruit, retain, and develop great talent. Simply put, PyxAi screens and ranks 100% of your job applicants

As Chief Operating Officer, COO, Angela is responsible for daily operations and spearhead sustainable growth.
Additionally, she addresses the data needs of PyxAi. Essentially, data science duties. Angela utilizes data mining (includes data preparation, inspection, and cleaning) to assist and empower the natural language (processing, generation, and understanding) of PyxAi.

She previously worked for over 11 years at John Hancock as a financial reporting analyst, reporting daily, weekly, and monthly insurance sales metrics for the US division. The audience was a mix of analysts, managers, directors, executives, and key decision-makers in the company. Towards the end of her work for John Hancock, she played a key part in automating the manual process of sales reporting utilizing databases and algorithms.

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

Kurt Edwards [he/him]

Kurt is CEO and Co-Founder of PyxAi, a soft skills and culture evaluation tool that helps organizations recruit, retain, and develop great talent. Simply put, PyxAi screens and ranks 100% of your job applicants

He previously created and successfully managed Yousual LLC, a Boston software development consulting firm. During those 8 years, he built systems for MIT, Harvard Business School, the World Bank, and CarbonBlack (formerly Bit9). In 2015-2016 Kurt designed and built the MISO project software that surveys, tracks and statistically analyzes how technology is used in higher education – this software is currently being used by more than 109 colleges and universities in the US.

D.E.I.B. COLLABORATOR AND FACILITATOR

Susan Im [she/her]

Susan is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach and Strategic Business Advisor that focuses on building more inclusive workplaces through coaching and mentoring. A business leader that puts People first, she partners with individual coaching clients and teams to help them find their authentic leadership voice and unlock their unique superpowers.

Throughout her 25+ year career in Retail, she has built successful brands and high performing teams while also creating community. While at Macy’s, Susan helped launch the Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and was the Sponsor for the Asian American ERG for 9 years. She strives to build inclusive climates where everyone can contribute and realize their full potential. Susan has always been passionate about leadership and employee engagement through the lens of DEIB. She earned her Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell in September 2020 and is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach.

Susan was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Before coming to America at 9 years old, her family spent 2 years in Asuncion, Paraguay. Susan’s immigrant experience informs who she is and has led her to advocate for those that are in the minority. Her favorite quote is, “Be the person you needed when you were younger,” and she is committed to giving back and supporting the next generation of leaders through mentoring and coaching. She works with several non-profit organizations (NAAAP, APIA, and TwoTen Foundation) as a mentor and advisor. An avid reader and lifelong learner, she is married with 2 daughters and a dog. She enjoys playing Tennis with her husband and hopes to win more than 3 points soon!

Susan graduated from University at Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and minored in Psychology. She started her Retail career at Lord and Taylor in the Executive Development Program and became a Buyer at Macy’s and Century 21 Dept Stores. Susan spent the last 15 years of her career at Macy’s, mostly in Product Development, where she helped build the Women’s Private Brand Shoe business to $340M with 10 Brands. Susan is a strategic partner and a strong collaborator.

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

David Lunken [he/him]

An entrepreneur and creative problem solver, David spent his youth and college years in New York state before he headed to Bloomington, IN for his MBA. In 1992 he took a job in Baltimore and never left the city.

He loves to get up early – usually way too early for his family of two dogs, three daughters, and amazing wife Jessica. He uses these early starts to indulge his main passions of gardening, cooking, and Triathlon, and is always training for the next event.

A true businessman, David started out selling candy at six years of age from his radio flyer wagon and created a t-shirt business drawing stick people during college.

David’s superpower is Connecting the Dots – quickly understanding a business and developing simple solutions for complex problems. He’s been doing it for more than 20 years, working inside organizations to drive results and get things done.

My motto – Show up!

Favorite Quote: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotl

D.E.I.B. COLLABORATOR AND FACILITATOR

Jinnae Monroe [she/her]

Professor Jinnae Monroe is an Air Force veteran, D.E.I.B. Advisor, and founder of HireGround (501c3) nonprofit, which provides students with workforce development, and post-high school support/life skills. She has over 25 years of experience leading Human Resource workplace challenges, Resiliency & Inclusion (onboarding Vets), and Leadership Development for fortune 500 companies, saving her clients millions in turnover & retention costs. Also, recognized for her facilitation work on a Presidential level and ranked #1 lead facilitator among 100+ peers, in a company of 50k employees. For the past 14 years, Jinnae has taught Human Resource Staffing, Ethics and Public Speaking courses for Graduate students. She also teaches public speaking/presentation skills to Sr. Executives. Jinnae is a keynote speaker to government, military, education, nonprofit, law firms, and corporate on the topic of Talent Management, Generations in the Workplace, Change Management and Women’s leadership initiatives.

Jinnae has coached the transitional careers for countless veterans, military leaders and spouses across the U.S. She has designed customized curriculum for companies to start succession programs. Mostly recently, Jinnae was handpicked to help lead the way for the Boots-to-Business program. This program educates transitioning military members who want to start a business.

Jinnae is certified in the following Personality Assessments: CPP: FIRO B, 360 Feedback, John Maxwell Coach and Certified International Speaker, Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), Workplace DiSC facilitator, Five Behaviors, MBTI, PROSCI Change Management, Behavioral Based Interview Structure (BBSI), Generations in the Workplace, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also a Foster/Adoptive parent trainer.

She is a member of the National and Prince William Society for Human Resources, American Training & Development, American Businesswomen, and Leadership Prince William class of 2020. Jinnae serves as a member of several boards: PW Chamber of Commerce, DC/Loudon American Red Cross, PW Human Alliance, and MCPS Education Foundation, and Ambassador to SpouseLink. Awarded, Nonprofit of the Year, recognized for Emerging Small Business, and Excellence in Business. Jinnae has also garnered several 1st Place awards for Toastmasters International.

Private matters: Military spouse, self-proclaimed Scrabble champ and Zumba instructor. What she does when no one is looking – standup comedian in her bathroom mirror

 

Office Connector & Culture Manager

Michelle Ostroff [she/her]

A born-and-raised New Yorker, Michelle resides in Manhattan. She’s thankful to have her father, mother, and sister all within a 30-block radius of her apartment.

On any given day, Michelle is creating engaging social media ties for Saterman Connect, at auditions, or shooting commercials and films expanding her acting career. An avid dog lover and homebody, with a love for playing music, Michelle most recently has taken up the ukulele.

She loves to make unique deep connections and throws herself into learning people’s stories. She feels for those in a way that she puts herself in their situation. It’s no wonder empathy is her #1 superpower!

My motto: Do what makes you feel whole – regardless of the climb it takes to get there.

Favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

STRATEGIC COLLABORATOR

Natalie Spiro [she/her]

Natalie is an authentic globetrotter. Born in Tel Aviv, she grew up in Johannesburg, and now lives in San Diego, California – having spent time in Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in between.

She loves everything adventuresome, gastronomic, and wine related (her favorite food is Asian, unsurprisingly.) Her greatest achievements – and joys – were climbing Machu Pichu in four days and riding 550 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for AIDS research.

Her ‘why’ is to shift and change energy on this planet by one or by many, and her superpower is being an Inspiring Energy Shifter, unlocking clients’ abilities to step into the best humans they can possibly be. Natalie strongly believes in the power of community and Ubuntu – ‘I am who I am because of those around me’.

My motto: “If you want to run fast, run alone. If you want to run far, run together.”

Favorite quote: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph waldo Emerson

Our community.

Beyond our core team you’ll have access to a hand-picked community of partners and collaborators, who strengthen and enrich our skills and perspectives even further. Together we’re stronger, and our community is growing all the time.
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Give back.

At Saterman Connect, we strive to empower organizations to recognize ongoing cultural transformations happening in their business and impact the communities in which they live and work – it’s core to who we are. Our team seeks to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds and advocate for equitable and inclusive representation of every individual. We are proud sponsors of the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) where Josh serves on the board of directors as a Vice-Chair and Co-Chair for the Programs Committee, and Nettie sits on the Programs Committee Taskforce.

Our Clients.

Our clients rock! We are proud of the work we are doing with them. Here is a sneak peek at a few.

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