It’s time to evolve.
What exactly is D.E.I.B.
Our Approach to D.E.I.B.
We offer a range of programs, workshops, and tools to support leaders and organizations by embedding D.E.I.B. initiatives into all actions, policies, and initiatives within an organization. Our offerings help your employees see the world, topics, and issues being discussed through a fresh, open lens. This is all about unlocking the power of your people to unlock stronger business results.
Wherever you are on your journey, we never judge. We just offer a way forward.
Challenges we embrace.
1. How can we recognize our visible and invisible dimensions of diversity?
2. What role does unconscious bias play?
3. In what ways might we clearly recognize micro-messaging?
4. What does it mean to be an inclusive workplace?
5. How can we assess and boost colleagues’ sense of belonging?
6. How do we build a scalable and sustainable D.E.I.B. strategy and approach?
Discuss the answers to these and other questions with our team of experts.
Meet our D.E.I.B Experts
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
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
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.
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
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.