Rosanne Foust – She Believed She Could So She Did

Our She Believed She Could honoree and Show the Love fan this month is Rosanne Foust, President and CEO of San Mateo County Economic Development Association and Vice Mayor of Redwood City. Not only does she contribute in many ways to the community, but is also a stellar mom to two daughters. Find out what inspires her below!


What or who inspires you?

My parents never had very much from a material point of view. By todays’ standards we would be poor, actually very poor and yet I never felt poor. We never owned a home, my Dad worked three jobs at various points in his life, we never had a new car…always a used one, we never want on an overnight family vacation, we didn’t have music, art or dance lessons and yet we were rich in what really mattered. They instilled in me and my brother and sister the value of hard work, education and treating others as you want to be treated. They instilled the importance of family and faith. They read newspapers and watched the news and made sure we were aware of current events and what was happening in the world. They voted and were proud of our flag and this country. I think of these lessons often and these are what inspire me.

What is your favorite stl piece and why?

I love all of them and have several so it is hard to choose.

  1. Last year on Mother’s Day my two daughters gave me my first piece the “You are My Sunshine” necklace. I love the message and how they said I make them happy.
  2. In June of last year my oldest daughter became a member of the Class of 2017 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In four years she will graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering and be commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. One of her most favorite gifts is the stl set of rings inscribed with “she believed she could so she did.” She gave me one to wear and think of her as she began this next chapter in her life. This message is so true for her and for me in my life and career.
  3. The third is the elephant necklace inscribed with the words “what would you do if you knew you could not fail?” When I wear this I find myself holding the elephant knowing that I have the ability to handle tough and challenging situations whether at work, in the community or with friends and family and that all offer opportunities for growth.
  4. This year three of my closest friends and I turn “25×2” as I affectionately refer to this milestone birthday. All three live back East and I wanted to give them something that they would cherish and recognize as a testimony to our 30+ year friendship. When I came to the studio in February I found the perfect piece in the Magic Lantern necklace. Its message, “Happiness is Not Having what you want but wanting what you have,” is a great reminder to all of us to appreciate what we have. In our respective situations we have our health, great families, children who are all pursuing their dreams and a life that is pretty darn good in so many ways. Each of them loved the necklace and loved the meaning behind it.


What is your favorite quote?

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.                                     –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is one piece of advice you would give to other women?

Be open, flexible, patient, kind, resourceful, creative, hardworking, dedicated, committed, willing to engage and grateful for the freedoms and opportunities we have.

What is one thing no one knows about you?

That I moved to California in 1988 from Boston for a new job but without ever coming to or visiting CA prior to the move.

I wish I knew how to….

Dance really well!

My favorite cause is...

Casa de Redwood, an affordable senior housing complex in Redwood City where I serve on the Board of Directors.

If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be and what would you order?

Warren Buffett and I would order whatever he orders because I would want our lunch in his favorite restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska.


Thank you to Rosanne for sharing her story and inspiration with our readers! If you feel inspired by this post or want to check out our She Believed She Could So She Did collection, find it here:


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