"Karith Foster is my nominee for “Presenter of the Year”! Karith spoke to a packed room of moderately disgruntled college students. The room was hot and they were really only interested in the pizza being given out at the end of her presentation on, “Diversity”; a topic which is very often perceived as boring. Within seconds Karith had them fully engaged. Her sense of humor captured the greatest critics. Through her humor a very delicate, often painful topic was delivered with dignity, class and laughter. Karith leaves the stage with a strong message of hope that everyone should hear."
Gail H. Murphy
Florida SouthWestern State College
"I believe any person would benefit from her talk, no matter their age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, education level or political beliefs. However, I think this topic is particularly beneficial for college students, faculty and administrators. College administrators and faculty are responsible for cultivating an environment in which students grow in many ways, including thought. However, our college campuses currently preach diversity of every kind - except diversity of thought. This talk is important for students who deal with suppression of free speech on a daily basis, but also for administrators and faculty who are the ones responsible for constructing the sheltered culture in which we live.
I had a lot of takeaways from Karith’s presentation. She’s brilliant and hilarious. It’s particularly interesting how she has used her platform to promote free speech, when many in the industry prefer to either stay silent (at best) or actively oppose free speech (at worst.) That’s not to say she’s the only one, but she’s certainly one of a select few who are strong and brave enough to go against the grain. One takeaway is that her use of humor to promote free speech is one of the best ways to tackle the issue, because oftentimes comedy allows us to talk about difficult topics that we otherwise would not.
Karith was a pleasure to work with. We had no issues getting everything set up and running.
I thought Karith’s speech was a great experience. I learned a lot, and I know that the others in attendance did, too. I wish that every person could hear this talk, but especially everyone who attends college or works on a college campus. Her knowledge on so many issues and her comedic presence affords her the unique opportunity to be an agent of true change in the way that our generation thinks about free speech."
“You were able to talk about race, gender, sex, weight loss, religion, parenting, dealing with parents, etc, to a room with a mix of races, religions, sexual orientations, not to mention various weights and sizes.”
Ohr HaTorah Synagogue
Rabbi Modecai Finley,Ph.D.
The South Dakota Safety Council recently invited Karith to be a keynote speaker at our 26th Annual Safety & Health Conference in Sioux Falls on October 3, 2018. Our attendee feedback strongly showed they truly enjoyed and appreciated hearing from Karith on her Stereotyped 101 presentation. Diversity, inclusion, harassment and other tough topics are never a comfortable discussion to have, and oftentimes difficult to understand, in the workplace and beyond. But Karith put it into perspective and showed how individuals can have healthy discussions and be understanding of others without it being a confrontational or uncomfortable situation. Karith’s use of humor was a great way for attendees to learn about and develop strategies to deal with these topics. I am already on the lookout for other opportunities to bring Karith back as a speaker for our organization. I would highly recommend Karith for your next conference, meeting or event. – Janie Ritter, Executive Director, South Dakota Safety Council
All my best!!
Jennings County Community Foundation R.E.A.C.H. Conference is delighted with diversity speaking from Karith Foster
“Her willingness to ‘go to extra mile’ to ensure that the girls had a rewarding experience and to guarantee that the conference would be a success was invaluable.”
Jennings County Community Foundation R.E.A.C.H. Conference
“From a Resident Life perspective it ties into everything we do. We are always looking for ways to incorporate diversity and multiculturalism, especially when talking about tough issues like Stereotypes.”
“This show should be at all colleges and universities”
Assistant Director of Residence Life
“Karith was intelligent, compassionate, well-organized, funny, and comfortable interacting with audience ... After the presentation was over students stayed about 45 minutes to 1 hour to interact with Karith to ask questions (our students never do that, they are generally racing for the door after such discussions).”
“I highly recommend Stereotyped 101 to any campus interested in opening up students, faculty, and staff to dialoguing about difference.”
Coordinator for Campus Diversity Programming and Director of Student Housing
"I attended Stereotyped 101. Refreshing. Entertaining. I would definitely attend another presentation on other topics by Karith."
Jennifer Flippin, Reporter
East Carolina University