Custom Events and Workshops


FountainBlue leverages its two decades of experience producing custom events, workshops, fireside chats, interactive trainings and other interactive programs both online and on-site to partner with select corporate partners to produce custom events of interest to internal staff members as well as external partners and customers.

Programs for GOLD Corporate Partners

Starting in 2025, FountainBlue will offer Quarterly Fireside Chats, Panel Discussions, as well as Interactive Workshops or Trainings for our GOLD Corporate Partners. These programs are generally held between 3-4 p.m. in-person, in Silicon Valley, in conjunction with the hosting of a ‘When We Speak’ global program, on-site and online, and generally include two hours of one-on-one coaching or team consulting.

Typical topics and themes are listed below, but we also welcome your suggestions and recommendations.

Annual Event: Visioning for 2025 – (January 16 or 23)

Q1 theme (Feb 13, March 13 or Apr 10): Celebrating Progress: in honor of International Women’s Day

  • Fireside Chat: Being One of the Onlys
  • Panel: Earn a Seat at the Table
  • Panel: Create a People-First Mindset
  • Panel: Lead from Any Chair
  • Interactive Workshop with Assessment: Embracing Your Authentic Self
  • Interactive Workshop: Building a Culture of Trust
  • Interactive Workshop: Aligning Your Thoughts, Words and Actions
  • Interactive Workshop: Managing Work-Life Integration
  • Training: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Training: Choosing to Step Up and Step In
  • Training: Understanding the Why, the What and the How

Q2 theme (May 8, June 12, or July 10): Career Agility: Staying Relevant in the Midst of Change

  • Fireside Chat: Embrace the VUCA Reality – the Art and Science of Seeing Around Corners
  • Panel: Be the Brand You Seek to Be
  • Panel: Manage Up, Down and Sideways
  • Panel: Manage the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Panel: Transition from Technologist to Manager
  • Interactive Workshop with Assessment: Ways to Lead
  • Interactive Workshop: Embracing Career Agility in the Next Normal
  • Interactive Workshop: Welcoming the Gift of Feedback
  • Interactive Workshop: Speaking so you feel heard.
  • Interactive Workshop: Swimming in Choppy Waters
  • Training: Developing the Art and Science of Persuasion  
  • Training: Building Alignment on Purpose
  • Training: Staying in Front of the Change Curve

Q3 theme (Aug 14, Sept 18, or Oct 9): Building Bridges: We Are Better Together

  • Fireside Chat: Communicate, Connect, Engage
  • Panel: Collaboration Best Practices
  • Panel: Lean In to Level Up
  • Interactive Workshop with Assessment: Connecting with People Not-Like-You
  • Interactive Workshop: Creating a Recipe for Excellence
  • Interactive Workshop: Facilitating a Trust-Based, Change-Embracing Workforce
  • Interactive Workshop: What He Said, What He Meant
  • Training: Difficult Conversations? Bring Them On!
  • Training: Overcoming Unconscious Bias

For more information about becoming a corporate partner for 2025, please e-mail us at


Custom Events

In addition to our workshops and programs for our Gold Corporate partners, FountainBlue will continue running custom on-site programs for select corporate clients.

Although each meeting varies in objective, in size, in format, our custom events generally involve:

  • Participation in a pre-meeting to gauge background and objectives for an upcoming program;
  • Development of an Event Project plan to include abstract, objectives, logistics, agenda, bios, communications and outreach strategy, etc.,
  • Integration of event with overall corporate, marketing or HR/leadership objectives, in collaboration with event leaders;
  • Facilitation of a panelist prep call to coordinate messaging and content and address operational and administrative questions;
  • Facilitation and coordination of overall event program and panel or workshop discussion; and
  • Production of follow-up notes for review and approval by participating panelists and hosts/sponsors,
  • Distribution of notes to attendees if desired, and
  • Follow-up/debrief with event production and leadership team.

Next Normal

Strategic Facilitation

With the rapid changes brought on by the pandemic and its aftermath, recent themes and topics have focused around change.

  • Fireside chats featuring executives regarding strategic direction, transformational change initiatives, product launches, product direction, workforce development initiatives, etc.,
  • Goal-Setting and Strategic retreats for executives and board members
  • Other? We are certified board executives with experience facilitating board meetings and board committees on strategy, board development, human capital and other committees


Team Building

  • Team Building and Cohesion
  • Goal Setting, Charter, Roles and Responsibilities, Milestones, Deliverables
  • Workforce development and integration
  • Collaboration within and outside organization
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Other? We have decades of experience working with a wide range of teams

Assessments and Coaching

  • At the organizational level, we provide strategic assessments based on market and customer trends and facilitate meetings at the board and executive level.
  • At the team level, we provide team and individual level assessments and work on team dynamics as identified by the assessments and as requested by senior management.
  • At the individual level, we provide soft skills assessments and deliver ongoing coaching and support for identified staff members.

Recent Trainings and Presentations for the HR Community

  • SHRM Certification Instructor – for San Jose State University
  • AI for HR – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – for SD SHRM

Recent and Upcoming Presentations for Entrepreneurs

  • So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur – for San Diego State University Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Diversifying Revenue Models – for San Diego State University Lavin Entrepreneur Center

Recent Client Talks and Presentations

  • The Art and Science of Persuasion – for a Client Program Leadership Team
  • The Art and Science of Seeing Around Corners – for IBDC.D
  • Re-Build, Re-USE, or Re-Tire: A Framework for Evaluating Code Base – for a Client Engineering Team

Rates and Fees

As a GOLD Corporate Partner, the fee is $10,000 (plus flight, car and hotel) and includes up to three workshop, panel, fireside chat or training a quarter. See above for available dates and suggested topics.

In general, for these workshops and other custom programs, we understand that each meeting, workshop and presentation varies in terms of objectives, format, strategy, audience, outcomes, etc., so it’s difficult to discuss specific rates and fees.

However, our hourly rate is $400/hour and our daily rate is $5000/day.

When we travel for speaking engagements, our fees range from $3000-5000 and generally include:

Team/Group Meeting:

  • Planning, Delivery and Follow-Up for facilitated 30-40 minute On-site Group Event

Manager/Leader Training:

  • Planning, Delivery and Follow-Up for facilitated 30-40 minute On-site Group Event

The estimated cost for a one-hour online meeting ranges from $2500-$4000 and includes planning, coordination, facilitation, follow-up, etc.,

For clients who sign up for presentations either online or in person, we offer custom coaching and assessment for 2-6 identified high-potential staff members for an additional $2000-$4000 fee. For more information, find out about our executive coaching services, our ongoing team development services, or or e-mail us at

As a second option, we offer cultural assessment and cultural transformation support for an additional $4000-$7500 fee. For more information, find out about our cultural transformational services or e-mail us at

Another option for workshop and event clients is facilitated strategic discussions for senior executives and board members. For more information, find out about our board advisory services or e-mail us at