Sandra L. Foster, Ph.D., PCC
Dr. Foster consults in the areas of executive selection and onboarding, executive coaching, and leadership development, particularly for high potentials and for technical individual contributors who are newly managing others. Sandra acquired extensive experience across sectors and companies while a member of Korn/Ferry Internationalâ€™s Leadership & Talent Consulting practice, based in London. In this role, she worked throughout Europe, in the Middle East, and in the Russian Federation. This helped her cultivate cross-cultural skills and a global business perspective. She is adept at understanding the issues faced by executives born outside the US, and returning American ex-pats.
As a certified sport psychologist, Sandra helps leaders use the tools that enable athletes, artists, and musicians to effectively manage themselves and optimize their performance. She brings a deep appreciation of research-based applications of positive psychology to her work, and is first author of the book, Positive Psychology in Coaching: Applying Science to Executive and Personal Coaching. She strives to find pragmatic yet lasting ways for her clients to address their development needs.
Sandra has in-depth experience coaching leaders in global organizations, as well as US based companies and family owned businesses. A niche for her is working with women who are taking on new responsibilities in their organizations and preparing for promotion.
Dr. Foster earned her doctorate from Stanford University where she served on the regular and adjunct faculty for seven years. Since 2001, she has been a senior faculty member for the College of Executive Coaching in Pismo Beach, California, and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. She is a member of Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association and served on their Executive Board. A Chartered Psychologist in the UK, she also belongs to the British Psychological Society. While Sandra enjoys her work, volunteering is very important to her. She mentors young professionals as part of her pro bono activity, and devotes time to charitable efforts focused on alleviating hunger. She was an active psychologist member of a critical incident debriefing team based in Santa Clara, California, working closely with firefighters and EMTs.
Sandra finds she has operated many times outside her comfort zone while living and working abroad. Clients tell her this gives her â€˜credâ€™ when she encourages them to stretch themselves as they pursue big goals and face challenges.