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.
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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.
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.
What makes us unique.
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.
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
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
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
Irene Brank [she/her]
When it comes to advocacy for the Transgender Community, Irene Brank is a compelling force. She describes her work as equal parts storyteller, speaker, consultant, and advocate for the transgender community; she believes in changing humans one story at a time. As Transgender Insights Coach she specializes in transgender education, transition-at-work consulting and defining gender transition policies, procedures, and practices in the workplace. Her work reflects her deep personal commitment and unique insights, which enable a deeper connection with trans communities.
At Saterman Connect, Irene specializes in:
- Supporting Organizations to deepen their internal commitment to support transgender employees
- Workshops, training, and education
- Transgender coaching – Irene consults with individuals in the workforce who are transitioning
- Evolving the workplace to support transgender employees and their coworkers
Irene’s passion for transgender equity is personal. She often partners with her transgender daughter, Samantha, who promotes change as a transgender advocate, social media influencer, and content creator. Irene began advocating for the transgender community and incorporated it into her professional work in Human Resources. She strives to provide support and love to transgender people and their loved ones.
Irene is a dynamic Operations and HR executive with three decades of experience in energizing, motivating, and transforming organizations. As the lead of a Learning and Performance Team at a Massachusetts based insurance company, Irene was uniquely prepared to partner with the firm’s Business Resource group in the development of policies and curricula for the Pride BRG Transgender Liaison & Gender Transition Partner roles, both of which she fills today. Irene is a frequent speaker for corporations and non-profit events. She has worked with financial and insurance companies to make policies and practices that will create a safe and welcoming space for trans individuals.
Irene’s work has been featured in Business Equality Magazine, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Telgram.com (Worcester Telegram & Gazette). She is SPHR-certified, holds a B.A. in Accounting and Business Management from Assumption College, and earned a Diversity and Inclusion Certification from Cornell University. She and her husband reside in the Greater Boston area.
One of her favorite quotes is by Federico Moro and speaks to the essence of her narrative work.
“Simplifying always wins over-complicating.”
Peter DiCaprio [he/him]
Peter DiCaprio is a consultant helping organizations enhance profitability and social equity through coaching, organizational development, and training. He has worked with a wide variety of organizations including Apple, Accenture, Boeing, ESPN, Visa, Nestlé, The Nielsen Company, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and The United Nations. He holds a doctorate in organizational learning from Columbia University. His research and work in racial awareness development emphasizes the roles and identity development of heterosexual cisgender white US American males using a multicultural perspective. He also helps clients and students in higher education develop critical thinking skills, and is currently engaged in research in the fields of science denial and vaccine hesitancy. He is a certified mediator and conflict resolution practitioner.
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.
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.
Derek Epps [he/him]
With over 17 years of experience within the Wine and Spirits industry, Derek is a thought leader, seasoned marketing professional, and change agent. His expertise is developing growth strategies and identifying opportunities to authentically connect consumers with brands. Derek is a leader in the CPG industry and champions diversity, equity, and inclusion principles to drive change management.
He has effectively led employee resource and affinity groups and knows firsthand how collaboration with a diverse workforce sparks creativity and fosters growth. Derek has achieved success by actively engaging industry professionals and cross-functional partners while guiding others on how to establish cultural fluency. He has also evaluated talent acquisition strategy and is committed to engaging diverse talent around career planning.
Derek’s professional experience coupled with his drive to create impact within his community and passion for helping others gain equity and equality within all spaces is fueled by his unwavering commitment to his family.
A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing in addition to earning an Advanced Professional Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University ILR School.
Favorite Quote: “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” — Barack Obama
Monica Hickson, MA [she/her]
Monica Hickson is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) facilitator, writer, instructional designer, and technical trainer with nearly over 20 years experience in online training/instruction, information systems, instructional design, and web development training. In addition to her role, she is currently a Senior Performance Support Analyst for the University of Michigan; a reporter at Concentrate magazine (2021); and a part-time writer for Medium magazine where she showcases her stories about COVID and DEI.
After losing her fiance to COVID-19 she has become an advocate for the people who have suffered during the pandemic and has written several articles and a book highlighting this turbulent time in our history. You can find her original works and articles on Medium, Zora, The Shadow and several articles in Concentrate.
She has worked in IT and higher education for organizations such as Macomb Community College, Henry Ford Community College, Marygrove College, Washtenaw College and other higher education institutions within Michigan; developed and delivered technical, soft skills, and leadership training for both Kelly Services and Ford Motor Company. She has also worked in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) as a facilitator and trainer where she has developed more than 5 courses on Social Identities, Microaggressions, Becoming an Ally and more.
During her career, she has obtained several certifications including a DEI certificate from the University of Florida and Microsoft Certified Trainer certifications.
She is a member of several University of Michigan DEI strategic lead teams; Women of Color Task-force (member), Facilitators Engagement Program – FEP (member), ITS DEI Education and Scholarship committee (co-chair) and a Women in Technology (member).
Hickson has two associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Office Information Systems from Oakland Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Wayne State University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Central Michigan University, and has also completed other graduate course work beyond a Master’s Degree in Human Resources while at Central Michigan University.
She prides herself on being a cool hip mom, cancer survivor, a divorce survivor, and a trusted advocate for those who need it. Monica’s first book The COVID DIARIES hit Amazon February 2021.
Eric Hughes [he/him]
Over 15+ years in the retail industry, Eric built and led diverse teams to run stores and execute projects. At Macy’s, he oversaw a $100M+ portfolio of technology investments that allowed the company to operate more seamlessly and profitably between stores and online.
After leaving retail, he pivoted real estate investing, and founded Rental Income Advisors, a coaching and consultancy firm focused on helping new investors buy their first rental properties.
Now, he is leveraging his varied background to provide financial and accounting services to small businesses. He makes everything in the “back office” run smoothly for Saterman Connect, so that everyone else can focus on the business of people and serving our clients.
He lives in NYC and Florida with his husband.
Jennifer Kopkowski [she/her]
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
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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
Dylan Moore [he/they]
Dylan is an Inclusion Insights Coordinator, writer and researcher with Saterman Connect. A transgender non-binary person, he has been advocating for his community since 2016, when he came out. Having lived in Japan and England previously, he divides his time between Manhattan and Yonkers, where he attends university.
He attended the first trans march in Washington D.C. in October 2019, and was invited to panels hosted by NYU’s class of aspiring teachers on how to be an ally to transgender students for three years. He has worked at the LGBT Center in the West Village, serving as an educator to teens. Most recently, he gave a series of presentations to his high school’s faculty on the importance of respecting transgender students in the classroom.
A homebody at heart, Dylan’s hobbies include reading, cooking, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.
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
Josuel Plasencia [he/him]
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
Yulkendy Valdez [she/her]
Yulkendy is a Forbes 30 Under 30 social entrepreneur, storyteller, and TEDx speaker. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Forefront, she helps employers prepare for the next generation of the workforce – Millennials and Gen-Zrs, the two most diverse groups ever.
Yulkendy brings a diverse set of both corporate and nonprofit experience to the table. She’s worked with Bank of America, EY, Puma, and Innosight Consulting, as well as the International Institute of St. Louis and Betty Jean Kerr People’s Centers. Yulkendy has received numerous fellowships, including the Resolution Project, Young People For, Opportunity Nation Leaders Program, Future Founders Fellowship, Net Impact Racial Equity Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy Leadership Conference, One Young World, StartingBloc, and PPIA Indiana University. She is a proud alumna of Babson College, the #1 school for entrepreneurship. More recently, she was named one of the Latino 30 Under 30 honorees by El Mundo Boston and a top millennial in Boston by Get Konnected. With roots in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, Yulkendy has traveled to over 30+ countries for work and fun.
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)
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