Karith Foster: Bio
Karith Foster is a professional speaker, author and Diversity Engagement Specialist who for nearly two decades has taken her passion for entertaining and critical thinking nationwide- from the airwaves to organizations; from universities to corporations creating a seismic shift in mindsets and revolutionizing the way we address issues of diversity, leadership and self-care.
A former journalist and television producer, Karith gained notoriety when she became co-host of controversial radio personality Don Imus after his "Rutgers incident". Karith is also former Fortune 500 human resources executive administrator who with her background of over 20 years in stand-up comedy brings the perfect blend of humor, knowledge and experience when conveying the ever-present need to address diversity, inclusion and effective communication.
Karith has presented at the United Nations and to executives of the Chamber of Commerce C100 as well as at Harvard, Stanford and colleges and universities across America. She leaves her audiences feeling engaged, connected, inspired and encouraged to commit to the journey of mutual respect, acceptance and a greater sense of belonging.
She kicked off 2020 as a visiting expert for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University where she is a 7-time repeat guest lecturer for the Graduate School of Business course "Reputation Management." In June of 2020 her book, "You Can Be Perfect or You Can Be Happy" debuted at #14 in the Personal Transformation category on Amazon's Best Seller List.
“If you can laugh at it you can get through it,” is not only her motto, but the invaluable lesson she seeks to instill in others. As a speaker, humorist, TV & radio personality, author, social entrepreneur, wife, and mother Karith's sense of duty, service, along with her riotous sense of humor, have made her a positive force of change. 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.
Karith holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications Broadcast Journalism from Stephens College and as recently as spring 2020 received her certificate in Fostering Inclusion and Diversity from the Yale School of Management.