Keynotes & Training
DEI Done Differently
Whether you’re a leader in a large corporation or an academic institution, Karith’s DEI training & workshops can meet your organization’s needs.
Karith Foster’s experiences are designed to cultivate a sincere comprehension of
Diversity INVERSITY™ with the perfect blend of humor, interactive participation, heartfelt stories and actionable tools.
Karith Foster’s experiences are designed to cultivate a sincere comprehension of
INVERSITY™ is about maximizing positive outcomes for everyone participating in the conversation.
What INVERSITY™ is NOT:
INVERSITY™ is not about ignoring or dismissing issues of bias, conscious or unconscious.
This 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).
The 7 Pillars oF INVERSITY™
The best way to change behavior is by working from the INside out.
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.
Pillar 1: Actualization
Actualization means attaining and achieving with effort, skill or courage. Actualization is an essential component of success. When we work toward achieving self-actualization, we operate from a place of wholeness and confidence. Personal responsibility reigns supreme and replaces blame, judgment and emotional paralysis. Actualization paves the way for an empowering environment of learning, creativity and ideas.
Pillar 2: Awareness
Awareness reveals the unseen. We don’t know what we don’t know until we are aware. Awareness casts light on the shadows of negative thoughts, concepts and actions. It illuminates the pathway for understanding, connection, collaboration and unity and dissolves ignorance, ambiguity and confusion. From a state of awareness comes discernment, truth and new perspectives which prompts our reality to change for the better.
Pillar 3: Reception
Reception is an openness to growth and learning. When we are open to receive new information—whether it's in the form of education, praise or constructive criticism— we gain knowledge and skill. For example, when a broadcast tower has good reception, the signal is clear. When we have reception and clarity, we can effectively broadcast the signals of a healthy corporate culture.
Pillar 4: Courage
The root of the word courage is cor, which means heart. Operating from heart and courage is what transforms workplaces rooted in fear into cultures that promote acceptance, benevolence and harmony. Having courage means boldly showing up as your true self and listening and operating confidently—not just from the head, but also from the heart.
Pillar 5: Grace
Grace is closely related to “kindness”, elegance and gentility. Grace allows for uncomfortable conversations and moments to pass without permanence. It is a gift that when given to others, it improves relationships and creates the space for the first 4 pillars to continue working together: Actualization, Awareness, Reception and Courage.
Pillar 6: Energy
Energy is all around us. It permeates and is imprinted people, life forms, objects, physical spaces and locations. Just like in the laws of physics, we have the ability to proactively charge energy from negative to positive. With practice and application, we can channel this energy and create successful workspaces.
Pillar 7: Conscious Communication
When people can speak openly, articulate ideas and listen actively, each person in a conversation, classroom, community and organization is seen and heard. Most importantly, Conscious Communication allows for an intentional exchange of dialogue and ideas that aren't dismissed, but are inclusive of all who are part of the conversation. Conscious Communication demands and commands a brave space, which must be rooted in Actualization, Awareness, Reception, Courage, Grace and Positive Energy.
Keynote & Workshop Descriptions
Beyond Stereotypes: Inclusive DEI for the New Paradigm of Business
In this presentation, Karith uses the perfect blend of humor, interactive audience participation and heartfelt stories to engage her audiences while addressing the once taboo, but now in-our-face topic of racism and division in America.
You Can Be Perfect or You Can Be Happy
This poignant presentation not only reminds us that it is okay to be human; but grants us permission to embrace our humanity. By getting back to the B.A.S.I.C.S., Karith masterfully guides her audience through navigating the balancing act of life, work and social media in order to find happiness and peace in imperfection.
Humor Heals Division in the Workplace
This program showcases the importance and power of humor in business culture and how it can enhance genuine connections, increase productivity and manifest positive culture shifts.
Making the Shift from a Safe Space to a Brave Space
This presentation gives insight and understanding into navigating the world of political correctness in order to increase productivity, morale and innovation. By understanding it's not what you say (but how), this program educates participants on free speech, environmental awareness and conscious communication.
No Fear, No Problem: Releasing Fear to Free Ultimate Self-Expression
This session deep dives into how we can release habits, ideas, and situations that do not serve us and hold us back from personal and professional success. By releasing fear, we gain more freedom, confidence, knowledge and personal power.
What Makes or Breaks an Authentic Connection
Having an authentic connection with others entails having effective, courageous, heart-centered communication in all areas of your life (home, work, social). This session helps participants to break beyond the surface level interactions to identify and nurture true connections.
Navigating Beyond Our Differences with Conscious Communication
This session acknowledges that we all have bias. The key to transcending the bias that separates and divides us is forming authentic connections and improving interpersonal communication skills. Participants will learn how to tap into these critical assets to catapult them beyond differences to environments of true inclusion and belonging.
Pivot to Your Purpose
Adjusting to new ways of life, working, learning and communicating since 2020 has become necessary. Explore why the “pivot” buzzword is so critical to our success and survival, both personally and professionally (and how to actually P.I.V.O.T.)
Shifting Leadership Standards with C.A.R.E.: Conscious Empathy, Active Listening, Responsible Reactions & Environmental Awareness
When the stakes are high, leaders must know how to react responsibly and create successful interactions and relationships. This session teaches the building blocks of a healthy environment and a successful public image with C.A.R.E.
Lessons in Leadership, Listening and Laughter
This workshop is a surefire recipe for reimagining leadership, active listening and incorporating humor into our everyday interactions. This session will reignite leaders’ passion for work, while arming them with extra tools to tackle responsibilities with grace and confidence.
You Are E.N.O.U.G.H.™
This high-energy, interactive presentation infuses positive psychology to cultivate growth and expose the pitfalls of the negative internal dialogues that create the obstacles that keep us from living our best lives personally and professionally.
"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 | BeWell
INVERSITY™ is a new way to Think. Feel. Learn. Create.
INVERSITY™ is a new way to think— a new way to analyze best practices and conceptualize innovative solutions to effectively address issues and conduct dialogue around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). INVERSITY™ generates maximum positive outcomes for everyone participating in the conversation.
INVERSITY™ challenges the outdated narrative of labels, pigeonholing and stereotyping to invite critical thought and a return to the principles of great minds like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Wayne Dyer and the father of positive psychology Dr. Martin Seligman.
Checking in with our emotions around DEI is of the utmost importance. Like it or not, this is a highly charged and deeply emotional topic. All the facts and figures, stats and metrics do not supersede the emotions that are inextricably intertwined with someone’s personal experience.
By dismissing the emotions this topic evokes we are kidding and depriving ourselves of the most basic human needs of self-expression. We must provide a psychologically safe environment for all to express their feelings. This is what INVERSITY™ provides in the middle of such a sensitive and loaded conversation.
INVERSITY™ is about learning new aspects of ourselves and new ways to communicate, interpret and engage with our fellow human beings. Learning and evolving is to be celebrated and not feared. This is why psychologists are (and will always be) conducting research and studies on the human psyche and behaviors.
We are ever-evolving beings, not monoliths as certain sectors of society would like us to believe. There is always something to learn about ourselves and others.
INVERSITY™ grants us the opportunity to create new and stronger connections between one another. Unlike what others may believe, there is no script, formula or protocol to forge relationships out of love, respect, noble compassion and conscious empathy.
Let’s ignite a seismic shift that starts from within. 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.
This is the environment and experience that INVERSITY™ creates — to allow others their own unique opportunity to create and transform their outer world from within.