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I help my clients develop strategies to inspire growth and lead change for themselves and others. As an entrepreneur, speaker, and coach, I have the experience to help you set meaningful goals and the tools to help you achieve them.
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Dedicated Coach

A thought partner dedicated to your needs is an important resource to achieving your best. For many people, it’s the difference between good and great.

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Tools to Measure Progress

If you can measure it, you can improve it.  Measuring your progress is an integral part of coaching.

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Accountability accounts to up to 85% of achievement.  In order to succeed, you need to be accountable for putting your ideas into action.

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To dream, you need inspiration. To achieve, you need commitment and sustained effort. Get what you need through coaching.

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If you’re ready to do a little more, reach a little higher, and dream a little more, you’re ready for coaching. 

Leadership Coaching

No one can teach you leadership. You have to learn it from experience.

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Emotional Intelligence

Being smart and well educated is not enough. Emotional intelligence makes up half of job success.

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If you’re not developing employees and building your team, you’re falling behind.

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Coaching helps you communicate in a way that will persuade and inspire others



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Lisa D. Foster, Ph.D.

As an entrepreneur, speaker, and coach, I have over 25 years of experience helping successful people reach a little higher and dream a little more.

My clients are leaders or emerging leaders. Some of them are building their own company or their team. Others are positioning themselves for the next phase of their career. They are engineers, entrepreneurs, team managers, and people looking for their next opportunity.

Whether they work in a start-up, an established business, or a non-profit, they have one thing in common: they are committed to a dream. I help them develop narratives to inspire and engage others. I give them tools to succeed because great ideas deserve great execution.

They trust me because I’ve been there. I’ve been an entrepreneur, I’ve managed a global team, I’ve used my skills, my experiences, and passion to get where I wanted to go. I inspire them to do the same.

I bring 25 years of communications and narrative experience to every conversation. I help people develop stories to inspire others to believe in new ideas, to grow and change. With me, my clients find their own stories that connect emotionally with others, build trust, and inspire.

I use assessments to quickly hone in on what holds people back. Many of my clients are looking to become better team managers and improve their approach to hiring. As a coach certified by Korn Ferry Leadership Architect, I offer a robust set of tools for leadership in hiring, talent management, and team building.

Many of my clients are also looking to improve relationships and networking skills. I’m certified in Emotional Intelligence, using the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQi 2.0). I help my clients identify simple, common-sense emotional techniques that give them quick and substantial results in their day-to-day interactions.

All of my clients have dreams. That’s why I started My OKR Project. It’s a way to structure your goals, prioritize, and be accountable for getting where you want to go. It’s a powerful tool for getting results whether you are on your own or managing a team.

I have inspired others, and I can inspire you. Sign up for a FREE session and let’s talk about how I can help you become the leader you want to be.

What clients say about me

After coaching with Lisa, I think ahead more about what people will think and do, and about where my job and my organization is going.

Rather than just trying to push my point of view, I learned how to ask questions to help someone think about an issue and help them come around to my point of view.

I’m actually enjoying work more and look forward to meetings that I used to dread. I’m actually happier at work.

Kristen F.

Director of Stewardship

Lisa’s active participation in Northeastern University’s Global Leadership Summit in Shanghai offered a cross-continental perspective that served to educate and inspire a group of 29 Young Global Leaders. Sharing her personal story, Lisa’s ability to connect across generations enriched our program.

I asked the YGL to describe their time in Shanghai in three words and the most common used was “Inspiring.” Lisa’s contribution enriched our program and the Northeastern community.

Carolyn J.

Executive Director Leadership Relations

I am very glad that I embarked on business coaching with you! I have been in a position of trying to figure out my next move as well as driving my business to a greater success!

In 4 weeks, I have made more progress with your coaching then I did with my last attempt with my coach over 7 months.  You have a great understanding of business with your personal experience, education with your PhD and just who you are.

Thank you for moving me along!

Betsy M.

Business Owner

Lisa asks good questions that help you achieve your desired goals.

Recently, Lisa was instrumental in helping me prepare written and oral communications for an event. Using her deep knowledge in writing and communications, Lisa asked questions that helped me clarify and hone my key messages. Her ability to listen, question, and encourage was a key factor in the final product.

The event was a success! I look forward to our coaching conversations. They result in greater clarity, and I feel supported and energized as I continue to move forward on my goals.

Shannon L.


Lisa has been an extremely valuable coach and exactly what I needed to help identify the gaps in my knowledge and help me see what was needed in order to move towards a successful business.

After each of our sessions, I have felt an increasing energy in the work that I am doing and a greater understanding of my work in the context of a startup.

I am excited to continue working with Lisa as I move closer to a startup and highly recommend her services for those seeking guidance in business formation, business relationships, and personal growth.

Ethan E.

Robotic Engineer

After the second one hour session, I was able to see my project more clearly. I knew how to put the first steps into action.

Before Lisa coached me, I didn’t know where to start and was confused about what I should do first. It was difficult for me to put my thoughts into words.

Lisa helped me translate those first steps into a written action plan. Quickly I could see how confident I was getting about myself. Thank you for everything!

Marie P.


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Lisa D. Foster, Ph.D.  is an independent coach. A member of the International Coaching Federation, Lisa honors and abides by the ICF Code of Ethics.  All coaching sessions and consultations are confidential.

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