About Us


At FosterEssence, we partner with Internal Coaches, H.R., L&D Specialists & their leaders and teams to think and act systemically and to revitalize productivity in teams. We provide leadership and team development services, including leadership coaching, team coaching and meeting facilitation.

We hold a core belief… “More often than not, life is simpler than we make it out to be.” Emergent from this belief is our working philosophy and mission:

“Fostering essential conversations that disrupt workplace complacency. Getting to the heart of what really matters.”

Where there is conflict, let’s cultivate space for voices to be heard, for creativity and innovation to emerge naturally and collectively.

Where there is misalignment, let’s listen and receive to share ideas and perspectives to foster a radius of stakeholder input connected with shared purpose.

Where there is chaos, let’s slow down the frenzy to connect to what’s most important for focus and progress.

We help you re-imagine business to discern clarity where there’s uncertainty, to glean purpose where there’s ambiguity, and to make the best of the unexpected. You’ll find resilience and agility in our work together. So, let’s begin…

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Lucy Shenouda

Lucy Shenouda

Principal & Head Coach

Superpower: Bold with Grace

Lucy’s enduring passion is exploring the human condition. She strives to dive deep into the mysteries of the human experience towards cultivating best thinking, creativity and resilience.

As a global citizen, Lucy has lived and worked across three continents. Over a 25-year career, she supported Fortune 500 / Global 500 leaders with branding and marketing expertise. As a Professional Coach, Lucy provides leadership coaching, team coaching and meeting facilitation in support of strategic foresight and value-creation. Her lived experience adapting across cultures, diverse environments and challenging circumstances sets the foundation for supporting global clients in reaching their highest potential while navigating their biggest challenges.

Lucy fosters essential conversations that disrupt workplace complacency, bringing focus and attention to the heart of what really matters to leaders and teams. She is a staunch champion of fostering stellar team cultures and brand experiences.

From a young age, Lucy is a writer and artist. She’s a connector and strategist, and mother of two adult boys. 


Mary Murphy Hodgson

Mary Murphy Hodgson

Coach & Consultant

Superpower: Cultivates Connection to the Unspoken

Mary is fascinated by people and our innate creative abilities. Whether coaching individuals, helping a group to form innovative partnerships, or working with existing teams to illuminate new possibilities, creativity is what drives her. Mary’s breath of professional and life experience creates an open and warm, yet focused, environment conducive to transformation.

Mary’s coaching clients work in a wide range of industries sectors as well as organizational structures; from Tech startups to Fortune 500 companies, to small Non-Profits. The common element is the desire to be open to a co- creative process to influence a more meaningful future.

Mary’s career has also spanned the spectrum: small, large, for-profit, and not-for profit organizations, in both internal leadership and consulting positions. She began her career in public accounting and held senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit healthcare sector for over 20 years before transitioning into coaching.

Mary graduated from Providence College, is a Certified Public Accountant, an International Coaching Federation Certified Coach and holds a number of other certifications in topics such as Positive Psychology, Applied Positive Psychology, Organizational Relationship Systems Coaching and Change Management. These skills woven together create flexible yet well tested frameworks through which each client’s underlying beliefs, values and strengths can be leveraged to  drive results.

Ralph Cochrane

Ralph Cochrane

Executive Coach

Superpower: Catalyst for Greatness

Ralph’s focus is helping leaders identify what is important, have impact in those areas and enroll others in their vision. He is an optimist who sees the limitless potential in the leaders he coaches when they choose to expand their vision of themselves and get into action to generate results.

Ralph gained extensive experience in professional development, sales training, project management and executive coaching during a 15-year career in the financial services industry. His coaching career is built on a solid foundation of sales and leadership experience and he has worked with well over 250 senior leaders globally as an executive coach.

His executive coaching experience extends into financial services, sales management, accounting, entertainment, packaged goods, food manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and the not-for-profit sector.

He is a long-distance runner who has completed over 20 half- and full-distance marathons and is a five-time Ironman finisher. Ralph’s passion for making a difference had also extended to raising over $1 million for the MS Society of Canada.

We help you navigate your most pressing workplace challenges and activate tangible strategies for driving value creation.

Do you need more specific information? Complete the contact form and indicate your topic of interest or email info@fosteressence.com 

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