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Consulting, Workshops,& Seminars 

Mary Foston-English is a highly sought-after consultant with over 35 years of experience working with organizations including educational, professional, medical, non-profit and for-profit companies.  Mary works carefully to address specific needs within each group and applies her extensive background knowledge and approach to design and deliver informative and engaging presentations.  


Mary has developed the EMBRACE© model, a modified Facilitated Conversation to manage conflicts defined by inequities and power imbalances. EMBRACE© has been published and featured in both the CAMFT magazine and the EAPA journal. 

Mary is a California Certified Mediator and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP)

Mary is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)

“Mary is a dynamic and engaging presenter and facilitator who is very knowledgeable.  She has this unique and creative way of “drawing” participants into discussions without individuals feeling forced to talk and feel included.” 
(Stanford University Human Resources Professional, 2020),

Corporate & Workplace

  • Identifying and Managing Stressors in the Workplace

  • Communication Strategies for Difficult Conversations in the Workplace

  • Interventions for Supervising and Coaching Challenging Employees in the Workplace

  • Grief in the Workplace

  • Home Away from Home: How Adult Children of Alcoholics Present Themselves at Work

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Black Lives Matter! Or Do They Really? When and How to Address Differences in Working with People who are Different from You 

  • Anti-Bias Conversations with Early Educators Series

  • Unique Stressors for Women of Color

  • Taking Care of Self: Obstacles to Self-Care for Women of Color

  • Understanding and applying the intercultural developmental inventory

Popular Workshops

  • Long-Term Relationships: Couples in it for the Long Haul

  • Communication Strategies for Difficult Conversations with a Loved One

  • Impact of Substance Abuse/Addiction on Families and Children

  • Coping with a Loved One's Substance Use/Misuse

  • Taking Care of Self: Obstacles to Self-Care

  • "Crash Course" on Concussions.​

  • Unique Stressors for Women of Color

  • Taking Care of Self: Obstacles to Self-Care for Women of Color

  • Parenting Under Pressure

Professional & Academia

  • Employee related consulting services to organizations and teams

  • Confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems

  • Mediation, negotiation and compromise assistance

  • Consultant to faculty on managing stressors in academia

  • Critical incident debriefing

  • Strategies for managing employee stress

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