Katie Riker Sternberg, MSW, LMSW, MBA 


Helping people move to the next level and push toward their dreams is Katie’s passion.

25 years of professional experience

Feedback from clients indicates Katie has a strong commitment to her clients, is passionate about their success, and offers her expertise by providing customized, effective strategies with a direct and empathetic approach. A recent coaching client wrote: “Thank you for your support and guidance! I enjoyed working with you and am grateful you were put into my life at a time when I most needed it.”

Katie’s 25 years of professional experience is a blend of senior marketing leadership, entrepreneurship, independent consulting to business leaders, individual counseling and executive coaching. In recent years she has focused exclusively on executive and personal coaching, as well as leadership development to a wide variety of clients.

Katie has supported male and female clients in a wide array of personal and professional roles. She has coached leaders in industries including automobile, energy, beverage distribution, engineering, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, nonprofit, petrochemical, retail and utilities. Common topics for discussion and workshops include personal and professional branding, productivity, communication – how to do it better, life satisfaction, what I need vs. what I want, career/life balance, goals setting, and working/living with purpose. Katie recently commented: “No matter what our personal or professional role, we often get stuck in that rut in the road, using the same communication, decision making and relationship strategies over and over again. When the environment shifts around us, we need to shift our approach to find effectiveness in our relationships and careers. My job is a coach is to be a mirror, listen, and help you find a way towards productivity.”

Executive Coach, Therapist

Prior to becoming an independent personal and executive coach, Katie worked as an Executive Coach for the coaching firm, Success Labs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has also worked as a therapist at Louisiana State University’s Mental Health Center. For more than 12 years she owned and operated a successful strategic planning consulting firm, helping a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the Southeastern region of the United States. Katie began her career with the Estee Lauder Companies, in New York City, last serving as Worldwide Marketing Manager for Origins Natural Resources.

Advanced Degrees and Certifications

Katie is a Licensed Master of Social Work, holding two Masters’ Degrees, in Social Work and Business Administration. Katie has also earned accreditation as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. Professional certifications include training as a Certified Behavior Analyst, a Korn Ferry™ 360 certified coach, and licensed to administer the Strengths Deployment Inventory (TotalSDI).

Community Service

Katie serves as the Chair of the Emerge Foundation. She also serves on the board of directors for the Woodhall School, a small boys school in Connecticut from which her son graduated high school. Past board experience includes the Emerge Center, Kids’ Orchestra, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, and Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.


Katie and her husband, Erich Sternberg, live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They have two children, Jake and Hallie.