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Instead of Calling People Out, Call Them In with Karith Foster

Diversity can be more impactful if we approach it with conscious communication and humor.

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie talk to Karith Foster, CEO and founder of INVERSITY Solutions, about the transformative power of conscious communication, diversity, and leadership. Karith shares her journey as a stand-up comedian and her decision to work with controversial radio host Don Imus to shed light on media representation and engage in a national dialogue on race. She emphasizes the need to expand the notion of diversity using conscious empathy to drive meaningful conversations and foster inclusivity. Karith discusses the power of humor to address uncomfortable topics and challenge absurdities like racism and homophobia, highlighting the importance of self-worth, self-love, and connecting with one's love as sources of empowerment.

Listen to this episode and learn about Karith’s journey from stand-up to challenging stereotypes with inclusivity and empathy!

About Karith Foster

Karith Foster is a Diversity Engagement Specialist and creator of the groundbreaking INVERSITY™ methodology and other signature programs. She is creating a seismic shift in diversity and culture change in academic institutions, organizations, and corporations across America. These new conversations are revolutionizing the way we address issues of diversity and leadership.

Karith brings the perfect blend of humor, knowledge, and experience while conveying the ever-present need to address diversity, inclusion, and effective communication. Karith leaves her audiences feeling engaged, connected, inspired and encouraged to commit to the journey of mutual respect, acceptance, and a greater sense of belonging.

As a speaker, humorist, TV & radio personality, author, entrepreneur, wife, and mother, Karith is a positive force of change with her sense of duty, and service—along with her riotous sense of humor. “If you can laugh at it, you can get through it,” is her motto and the invaluable lesson she seeks to instill in others.

In addition to being CEO of INVERSITY™ Solutions, Karith is also the Founder of F.R.A.M.E the Foster Russell Alliance for Meaningful Expression a 501(c)3 non-profit, whose mission is to inspire free speech, inclusion, social change, and empowerment through education and mentorship on college and university campuses.

Karith was featured in two hit documentary films, “Can We Take a Joke?” and "No Safe Spaces" which have garnered accolades in The Washington Post and TIME Magazine, as has her TEDx Talk “The Art of Defying Stereotypes: Learning to be True to Your Voice.” Karith has also made appearances on Imus in the Morning, Fox&Friends, MSNBC, Howard Stern, Comedy Central, VH-1, and Oprah.

Karith is an alumna of Stephens College and Oxford University. She is also a visiting expert for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University and a 7-time repeat guest lecturer for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business course, "Reputation Management."

The words “no” and “impossible” are not in her vocabulary, as evidenced by her career path, life challenges, chosen adventures, and desire to help others.

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Key Take-Aways

  • What conscious communication consists of.

  • What the term Inversity means.

  • How humor can be used to address difficult subjects.

  • Why self-love and self-worth are foundational for meaningful connections.

  • How personal responsibility plays in diversity efforts.


  • Connect with and follow Karith Foster on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Follow INVERSITY on LinkedIn.

  • Visit the INVERSITY website!

  • Discover Karith’s website!

  • Check out Karith’s book “You Can Be Perfect, or You Can Be Happy” here!

  • Watch Karith’s Ted Talk “The Art of Defying Stereotypes, Learning to Be True to Your Voice” here!

  • Learn about Karith’s upcoming webinar here!

Read Karith’s New York Times most recent article here!

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  • Watch Ted Lasso, if it spiked your interest, here!

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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

Download the eBook, How to Talk About Difficult Topics, today!

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