Anna Foster works with organizations on overall business consulting and strategy, with a strong competence in the areas of Business Development, Business Growth, Networking, Diversity & Inclusion and Advancement of Women.
She is the Founder of several businesses, including A Maven’s World Lifestyle Brand and the global Maven Women’s Conference, which is the largest conference for Women Of Color in New England. Its logo includes a white bird in flight, a symbol of the freedom to live a life of one’s choosing, to be creative, and free-thinking. “No one should feel constrained by obstacles or borders,” says Foster.
Building on her annual conferences for professional women each year, in 2018, Foster expanded the Maven Women’s Conference nationwide with conferences in Tampa, Hartford, Washington, DC and London; connecting with 1000s of Women. In 2021, due to the global pandemic and the need to keep people connected, the Maven Women’s Conference pivoted to a multi-day global virtual conference; focused on gender, race, income and health equity.
Anna is a Certified Life & Business Coach and Certified Behavioral Analyst Trainer. She Co-Founded ALL TOGETHER NOW, by and for entrepreneurs and The Women’s Dinner Group for professional women of color. In addition, she leads the 1500+ member meetup of the Boston Fashion creative community. These companies build success from a diversity and inclusion commitment in various and holistic ways.
Prior to founding A Maven’s World, Anna owned and operated several businesses in various industries. This experience has fueled Anna with the passion to assist entrepreneurs and professionals to live their best life and gain success by living authentically. Several years ago, Anna set out to create a world in which people who are facing obstacles and encountering challenges can feel safe instead of scared, empowered instead of defeated, and be rewarded instead of rejected.
“Conexion had the pleasure of working with Anna Foster over the last couple of years. The personal branding session she created and facilitated for Conexion, really got the cohort thinking and reflecting on some important issues. Individually and hopefully collectively they came to a deeper sense of the importance of branding themselves. At Conexion we hope to impact the larger dialogue on the contributions that Hispanic Latinos make – an asset vs. a deficit. Anna’s Branding session provided an opportunity to think about how we present ourselves in all the facets of our lives. I admire Anna’s entrepreneurial spirit and she serves as a great role model to our participants. Conexion is thankful for Anna’s generous support of our mission! “ - Phyllis Barajas Conexion- Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Anna’s work has earned her various awards and recognitions. Get Konnected! listed her as one of Boston's Most Impactful Black Women in 2021. She is the recipient of the Ignatius Foundation Sapphire Award and three state-level honors: 2016 from the Governor of Massachusetts, and two-consecutives honors in 2016 and 2017 from the House of Representatives.
Anna has been featured on national media outlets for her work and serves on several non-profit boards. She presently serves on the Small Business Advisory Board and the Women’s Network Board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she serves on the College of Arts & Science Board and the Women In Leadership (WIL) Board for Suffolk University.
Anna is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide & Workbook: For Mindful, Happy & Intentional Living, a compact guide and workbook. In addition to facilitating speaker sessions and training for numerous organizations, Anna has facilitated sessions on various topics to undergraduate and graduate students at Simmons University, Suffolk University, Harvard Extension School, Curry College, Bristol Community College, Mass Bay, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and more.
She holds a B.A. in Business Management from Suffolk University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School. Anna lives in Massachusetts with her Husband Emerson, daughter Alana and energetic pup NAS. Her son, Devin, is a student at Clemson University.