Shari Foos, MA, MFT; MS, NM
Shari Foos is a Marriage and Family Therapist, educator, facilitator, improvisational artist and Narrative Medicine scholar. Seeing the need for humanistic communities in an increasingly technological world, she founded The Narrative Method (2012), read more
a profound group experience that uses stories to build the empathic connections that transform relationships.
The Narrative Method offers ongoing programs that increase participants’ empathy and expand their perspectives. Workshops serve veterans, youth, men and women struggling with poverty, homelessness, PTSD, substance abuse, and the cycle of violence and incarcerations. In addition, The Narrative Method creates Salons, Events and Retreats for diverse individuals and groups.
In 1999, Ms. Foos founded the Bridge Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, an accredited university humanities program provided free for adults without access to higher education. She is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch, teaching The Narrative Method to both undergraduates and Bridge alumni.
Ms. Foos is a judge for The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Contest (2013- Present), and facilitates roundtable discussions with authors for The Luncheon Society in New York and Los Angeles since 2012. Foos maintains a private psychotherapy practice, seeing individuals, couples and adolescents. Prior to becoming a therapist, Foos was a television and radio writer, guerilla improv artist, comedienne and host of hundreds of cutting edge salons and events, bringing together artistic and intellectual communities for entertainment and creative dialogue. She has also been a contributor to The Huffington Post and The L.A. Weekly.
Ms. Foos earned a Master of Science degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, (2012) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles (1997).
She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; American Psychotherapy Association; American Counseling Association; Writers Guild of America West (Emeritus); SAG/AFTRA.
Barbara Lehrner Canter is President and CEO Emeritus of Los Angeles Team Mentoring, a pioneering site-based mentoring program serving Los Angeles Unified School District. As its first Executive Director, Barbara was responsible for guiding the growth read more
A mentor herself, Barbara is currently a Senior Advisor to MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership, and co-founder of 1000 Women for Mentoring a MENTOR initiative. Considered an expert in the field of mentoring, she has continued to consult with numerous agencies to assist them with training, applying best practices, establishing protocols for staff, and for organizational structures.
She lives in Santa Monica with her husband Lee.
Deborah H. Briggs comes to The Narrative Method with a wealth of experience creating and managing businesses. With a Master’s Degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University, Deborah began her career in human resources read more
Deborah brought Gymboree, the nation’s first play learning program to New York as the owner/manager of four locations. Her focus on the evolving needs of the community continued with her next venture; she opened the first of her three Huntington Learning Centers in New York City.
After moving to Boca Raton from New York City in 2005, Deborah began volunteering her services at Florida’s #1 ranked SCORE chapter where she counseled small business owners, helping them with their startup endeavors. She also served as president of the (not for profit) Boca Raton Theatre Guild for four years. Based on her passion for dance and its transformational power, she also created the 501(c) 3 nonprofit program “Dancing Classrooms Southeast Florida”. This program, which still operates, encourages emotional growth while nurturing the mind, the body, and the soul.
Deborah joined Shari Foos to help develop and “roll out” The Narrative Method” as 1) she is blown away by the power of this project to change lives; and 2) she is Shari’s best friend since kindergarten.
Richard Foos has been in the entertainment business for over thirty five years starting with a small record store named Rhino Records, and eventually growing it into the well-known audio label which was sold to Time Warner in 1998.read more
Laurie Meadoff is CEO of Laurie Inc. and Team, a company designed to innovate connect and activate brands and media from around the world. With extensive experience in executive production, resourceful collaboration, and strategic planning, Laurie masterfully usesread more
“People say that a true mark of a brilliant person is her ability to make connections. If that’s true then Laurie is a modern-day Einstein.” – Geraldine Laybourne, Founder Nickelodeon
For the last two years Laurie has been the Executive Producer for The American Grandparents Association producing a 13 part PBS series called Feel Grand with Jane Seymour focusing on health and well being. She also produced a web series with Deepak Chopra called Timeless You. Presently consulting for Playing Forward, a Tech and VR company in kids' entertainment and social emotional learning and several impact investing funds, Laurie Inc. and Team makes vital connection for businesses and community engagement strategies. She is currently Emmy nominated for her role as Executive Producer on the groundbreaking series The World Cup of Hip Hop: Take Back the Mic.
Laurie served as CEO of Cancer Schmancer, a groundbreaking women’s Health Advocacy organization founded by actress Fran Drescher. Laurie’s innovative work on behalf of women included the creation of Trash Cancer home parties produced by Humana focused on prevention, which reached over 20,000 people. Laurie also worked with her team to create Fran Vans, which screened women in need in both NYC and LA.
Laurie consulted for The Goldie Hawn Foundation with strategic planning for the launch of their social emotional learning program, MindUP. There, Laurie assembled the organization’s board, designed the marketing strategy, and produced a major fundraiser in New York City that resulted in palpable success for the Foundation.
As CEO of Chat Ventures, she executive produced programming for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, HBO Family, MTV and VH1 and a host of international broadcasters. In addition to overseeing creative and strategic vision for the company, Laurie then formulated Chat the Planet, a global dialogue initiative committed to using media and online dialogue tools as a means of breaking down barriers reaching 350 million homes worldwide. As a part of this endeavor, Laurie co-created and executive produced the Webby award-winning series, Hometown Baghdad, which reached three million web viewers in the first week and, aired on The Sundance Channel and National Geographic International in long form .With experience filming in South Africa, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Australia, and Jordan, Laurie’s ability to imaginatively and insightfully capture a diverse range of subjects is exemplified. Laurie has spoken global and was a part of Cultural Diplomacy panels’ for the Brookings Institute in Doha for three years along with speaking in engagements in Hong Kong and India.
Robert F Sherman Ph.D. works as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits in areas of education reform, youth development and leadership, and civic engagement. His particular interest is in bringing isolated yet related perspectives and favored strategies read more
Until March 2013 he served as Director, Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at the NoVo Foundation. The Social and Emotional Learning Initiative seeks to advance educational experiences and practices that prepare children for personal and academic success—and help them develop the valuable social and emotional skills they need to become better students, create positive relationships and handle challenging situations they may face in school and life.
Prior to NoVo, Sherman served as Executive Director of the Action Center to End World Hunger, a division of Mercy Corps. The Action Center is an innovative, high-tech public and education/museum space that uses the lens of hunger to educate, inspire and mobilize action-taking (from personal to collective/political) against global poverty and hunger. While at Mercy Corps, he also developed and supervised the agency’s Global Citizen Corps, a youth activist and service program involving thousands of young people from 11 countries who convene in person and online in a yearlong peer-to-peer leadership, learning and service effort focused on local action-taking on global challenges around hunger, poverty, conflict, and human rights.
Sherman, founded and directed the national Effective Citizenry program at the Surdna Foundation in New York City, where he served for 15 years. The program supported organizations that help young people participate meaningfully in shaping civic and community life. Anchored in social and emotional learning at its core, the Effective Citizenry program funded youth organizing, youth media, policy development, service-learning, volunteering and a range of youth development strategies which promote individual growth and youth-led social change. Building strong intermediary organizations, undergirding funding decisions with research, and building sustainable, long-term field anchors was key to the program’s strategy.
Prior to Surdna, Sherman served in New York City government for 8 years: as Executive Director of the Increase the Peace Volunteer Corps, a city-wide, grassroots race relations initiative of the Mayor’s office in New York City; and as Director of the Community Relations Institute, a think tank studying neighborhood-based responses to racial tension housed at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, and a BA from Haverford College.