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Satter ’75 Discusses Leadership

Andrew Satter ’75, founder and president of Andrew Satter & Associates, Inc. and this fall’s John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence, will engage with students in the HWS Leads program on aspects of individual leadership development as part of the Leadership Certification Program on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21.

As President of Andrew Satter & Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in executive leadership, organizational change, and senior team development, Satter has consulted to CEOs, Executive Directors and other senior leaders who wish to hone their ability to lead, influence and create positive outcomes. His engaging and supportive but direct style enables him to quickly develop trust, rapport, and positive results with clients. 

Satter also develops strategy and works with boards, management and brand teams, to achieve greater morale, innovation, and increased productivity by engendering common focus, trust, and accountability through facilitated dialogue and subsequent action planning. This typically results in an increased flow of knowledge and collaboration across functional and geographical boundaries.

As part of his interest in cross cultural teams, Satter works with global teams to successfully navigate the challenges of diverse cultures, geography, and time. For the past six years, he has been exploring the applications of mentoring for developing and engaging the next generation of leaders.  In 2004, he co-authored and published a white paper titled: “Building the Leadership Pipeline in Corporate America – Why Smart Companies Should Use Mentoring as Part of Their Talent Management Strategy.”  A follow-up study, “Why More Senior Executives Don’t Mentor – And How They Are Mortgaging Their Company’s Future in the Process,” was published in the “Journal of Management Inquiry” in 2007.

Over the past 20 years, Satter has consulted to executives and organizations in many industries, including: advertising, air lines, automotive, biotechnology, beauty, beverage, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, information technology, not-for-profits, pharmaceuticals, power generation and publishing.  His clients have included American Express, Amersham Biosciences plc, Celgene, Chubb, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, HBO, JPMorgan Chase, Lufthansa German Airlines, MTVNetworks, Mercedes-Benz USA, The Meredith Corporation, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Ogilvy & Mather, PSEG, Pfizer, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Random House, Redken Fifth Avenue and Time Warner.

Upon graduation from college, Satter co-founded a sports marketing company on $23 and a bet after nearly landing an entry level job in the film industry.  Over the next five years, his company funded and coordinated hundreds of 10K and half-marathon running races throughout the U.S. and in Bermuda.  In 1983, Satter left sports marketing for a job in advertising.  Although he wanted to be a copywriter, his employer rapidly promoted him as an account executive.  One day, he woke up and realized that he didn’t want his boss’ or his boss’ boss’ job and shortly thereafter resigned.  Over the next five years, he worked as a free lance copywriter, took graduate courses in social work, and had the good fortune to be mentored by management consultant thought leader Peter Block.  Andrew Satter & Associates, Inc. opened its doors in 1989.

Satter spent the first two years of his college education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he immersed himself in as many psychology and philosophy courses as he could.  As a sophomore, he collaborated with Professors Eugen Baer and Marvin Bram to launch a lecture series on “Consciousness and Psychoanalysis” where one of the first presenters was then little known author Dr. Andrew Weil.

Satter graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in psychology from Boston College.  He has served on the Boards of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Organization Development Network of Greater New York and the New Dawn Foundation of New Rochelle, N.Y.  He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife Nan and their son Max.  Satter is an avid skier, hiker and organic vegetable gardener who is passionate about eating locally produced foods and lowering his family’s carbon footprint through conservation and renewable energy.

HWS Leads is an interdisciplinary endeavor that draws on faculty and staff across campus to facilitate the development of students as leaders. In a Reader’s College format, students learn about the foundational components, behaviors and practices of ethical and effective leadership. For specific certificate requirements please visit the Leadership Web site or contact Lynn Shollen at

The primary ventures of the Centennial Center for Leadership are to offer the HWS Leads Leadership Certificate Program, to bring successful leaders to campus to speak and conduct workshops on a variety of leadership topics, to offer a series of leadership-related Reader’s Colleges, and to develop a Leadership Institute.

The John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence program was initiated in 2001 to recognize and honor men and women whose careers have engaged them in work deeply grounded in an ethical perspective and which directly impacted people’s lives, and to support a sustained interaction between those men and women and the students at HWS.