About Us


We aspire to influence change conversations that mobilize people to self-select as leaders, whether titled or not. Our programs serve to challenge the status quo, to inspire ownership of a shared purpose, and to empower creativity and innovation. We partner with leaders and teams to provide leadership and team development programs, 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 Shenouda’s enduring passion is exploring the human condition. She strives to explore the mysteries of the human experience, 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 leadership excellence and value-creation.

Lucy’s 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. She strives to foster essential conversations that disrupt workplace complacency, bringing focus and attention to the heart of what really matters for leaders & teams.

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.

Rayanne Coy

Rayanne Coy

Executive and Team Coach

Superpower: Unlocking Potential

Rayanne Coy works with C-suite leaders and high potential talent committed to improving performance and creating change. She offers innovative solutions to drive personal and professional transformation for senior executives and high potential individuals. With a personal approach that combines both professionalism and passion, Rayanne draws on a range of tools, techniques and methodologies to help her clients achieve their business outcomes.

Specializing in leadership development, conflict management and team building, she has gained significant experience working with middle to senior management around issues such as developing leadership styles, managing teams, improving executive presence, and increasing self-awareness to build long-term capabilities. 

With 20+ years of human capital management experience and as a former Director of Human Resources for the Chicago office of Accenture, Rayanne has worked with both large and small organizations across the country. She has participated on committees nationwide that are dedicated to implementing change as it relates to career development, executive recruiting and talent management.

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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