A New Way to Talk Diversity INVERSITY™

Instead of Diversity, we’re going to talk about INversity. We’re going to talk about the things we have in common with each other.
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Diversity without Division.

INVERSITY™ is the inverse of the word “Diversity,” which has "divide" and "division" at its root. Division is exactly what we see happening when diversity is done poorly — that includes checking a box, wagging a finger or placing blame and shame.
INVERSITY™ takes the "division" out of traditional DEI programming by offering a truly INclusive way to communicate, learn, and create an environment vital to an organization's success.  
INVERSITY™ accomplishes this mission by creating and supporting brave environments to hold courageous conversations based on INtentional language, positive psychology and neuroscience.
INVERSITY™  shifts the focus from what separates and divides us to what we have IN common, how we can be inclusive of each other—understanding our value, our worth and our connection to humanity.
INVERSITY™  training and workshops allow organizations to have conversations about DEI in a less threatening, more INviting, deeper and authentic manner. 
INVERSITY™ honors, recognizes and celebrates all that we bring to the table — our background, our heritage, our identity — without letting those things completely run the show.
INVERSITY™ expands the idea of diversity to include diversity of thought and ideas.

What INVERSITY™ is NOT

  • INVERSITY™ is not about ignoring or dismissing issues of bias, conscious or unconscious. 
  • INVERSITY™ is not about promoting a philosophy that perpetuates the “blame or shame” game.  
  • INVERSITY™ certainly does not propagate the narrative of victims and villains (that is limited thinking; and one that disempowers those who need empowerment the most). 
Karith Foster
INVERSITY™ is about maximizing positive outcomes for everyone participating in the conversation. 

Because MAYBE we've been doing DEI all wrong.

With traditional DEI training, we've been working from the outside in

When it comes to behavioral change, the least effective approaches involve fear, guilt or regret.4

The best way to change behavior is by working from the INside out.

Experts agree that long-lasting change is most likely when it's self-motivated and rooted in positive psychology.4 
Naturally, you’ve heard the old saying, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

So let’s stop shaming people because it’s not getting us anywhere—and only creates more division. This is exactly why traditional DEI doesn’t work long-term.
Keynotes & Training
For over a decade, Karith has given keynotes and done training at industry associations like SHRM, corporations like Bristol Myers Squibb, and academic institutions like Stanford, Harvard and more.
Consulting
With mounting pressure to apply DEI principles organizationally, Karith can either work alongside someone on your staff or as a contracted consultant to fulfill the role of Chief DEI Officer in your organization.
Online Learning
Access online learning and real tools to navigate the sensitive and ever-evolving landscape of diversity. INVERSITY™ offers seven online learning modules with engaging supplemental activities designed for introspection and reflection.
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The 7 Pillars oF INVERSITY™ 

Ignite a seismic shift that starts from within. 

This is not surface work, but transformational behavioral change that happens when the message reaches the core of one’s being, planting seeds of choice and desire to believe (and behave) differently.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy was built upon love and changing from the inside out.

"Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If everyone lived by Dr. King’s teachings, how would the world change?

“When we take the time to change the way we look at things— the things we look at change.”

Dr. Wayne Dyer

INVERSITY™ uniquely works by focusing on what unites people rather than what divides them.

"We think DEI work is a two-way street when it’s actually a six-lane highway."

Karith Foster

TESTIMONIALS

What people are saying about INVERSITY™

"Rarely do you find someone both gifted in the art of communication and compassion that even the most controversial and uncomfortable of conversations lose their edge. In place of anger and confusion, Karith masterfully brings peace, calm and resolution - not to mention the appropriate amount of humor. Her unique and powerful take on DEI is just what the world needs right now."
Susan Scott, Founder, Fierce Conversations
"The traditional approach to diversity and inclusion is in trouble. INVERSITY brings a better approach that has a more significant impact. What is the value of INVERSITY?  The top three answers that come to mind are 1. Better collaboration, 2. Enhanced awareness, and 3. Celebration of our uniqueness."
Ibrahim Jackson, CEO & Founder of Ubiquitous Preferred
"Her message of 'inversity,' putting the focus on inclusion rather than division, made a huge impact. The audience enjoyed her presentation style, and fully engaged with her. Karith’s talk received more enthusiastic positive comments than any other speaker. I was even receiving texts about how great she was while she was still on stage!"
Mark Saum, Principal, Fidelis Consulting Corporation
"Today I had the opportunity to attend your Inversity webinar and I want to thank you for your honesty, transparency, and graciousness.
You shared a piece of your heart in stories that showed vulnerability. Thank you so much for your time and wisdom today."
Linda Lydon, CCWS, Stanford University Human Resources 

IT'S NOT HARD WORK;
IT'S HEART WORK.