Some results of Kim Satzger’s leadership are easy to measure: 1.7 million tons of steel recycled, 150 acres of abandoned land transformed, more than 380,000 gallons of contaminated water captured — all through projects she has led through the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority.

Other results of her leadership can’t be quantified, but may be even more significant. Because of the economic inclusion policy she helped realize, numerous small businesses will find the resources to compete and grow. Generations will benefit from better health because of the environmental improvements she has helped implement. And many young women will be less hesitant to pursue careers now considered non-traditional for females as a result of her guidance.

Satzger joined the Port Authority as director of brownfield development just months after the organization was created in December 2000. She served in that capacity until 2004, when she was named president.

Since its creation, the Port Authority has allocated more than $160 million in bonds for property development. Satzger has seen abandoned buildings, in some cases boarded up for decades, transformed into economic stimulators. In just one example, the Red Bank Road corridor has improved significantly since the Port Authority redeveloped the former Ford transmission plant there. Satzger now serves on the Ohio Executive Committee of the National Brownfield Association.

Satzger also guides the implementation of the Port Authority’s economic inclusion program, created in 2001. The program matches developers with small and women- and minority-owned contractors, and encourages developers to use them for specific percentages of each project. Satzger says that developers now contact the Port Authority to use its connections even when they aren’t working with the Port Authority. “We’re finding that we’re helping ... other projects in the community, and we’re happy to do that,” Satzger says.

Satzger, who has been a commercial real estate professional for 25 years, looks forward to the day when the label “non-traditional” will be irrelevant for women in her industry. She throws her passion as much into that vision as she does into her professional life.

A member of the development committee of all-girl Mount Notre Dame High School, Satzger advocates strong math and science programs. She also enjoys speaking to upperclassmen, both formally and informally, about career opportunities. Satzger recently spoke at Rosie’s Girls, a day camp that encourages sixth-to eighth-grade girls to explore skilled and technical trades and challenge preconceived notions of women’s jobs.

In addition, Satzger is involved with many other organizations, including Commercial Real Estate Women, the Executive Advisory Board for the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. She also recently spoke at the annual meeting of the National Association for Women in Construction. “We are put here to give back, to make a difference, and improve the lives of others,” she says.

What is Satzger’s advice for women trying to make their way in the world? She suggests thinking creatively, being flexible and resourceful, and developing solutions to anticipated challenges. “Today, the rate of change is accelerating. Therefore, creative problem-solving and adaptability are essential skills. Never lose your desire to learn new skills and techniques.”