Karith Foster

CEO and Founder of Foster Russell Organization

As a humorist, speaker, TV & radio personality, and author whose sense of duty, along with her sense of humor, have made Karith a positive force of change.



Based out of: New York


For nearly two decades Karith Foster 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 and leadership.

The former co-host of controversial radio personality Don Imus and former Fortune 500 human resources executive administrator brings the perfect blend of humor, knowledge and experience when 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.

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.”

“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, 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.

She is a featured comedian 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” from TEDx LincolnSquare Risk Takers and Change Makers in New York City.

Karith is the CEO & 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.

Karith is a Diversity Engagement Specialist whose signature programs are impacting lives at academic institutions, organizations and corporations across America in a time when humor, understanding, acceptance and respect are so desperately needed.

Karith is an alumna of Stephens College (Missouri) and Oxford University. In 2020 she earned her certificate in “Fostering Inclusion and Diversity” from the Yale School of Management.

The Program Titles Karith Offers:
Stereotyped 101™
You Can Be Perfect…or You Can Be Happy™
The ABC’s of 2020 Leadership™
Inversity™ Solution
P.I.V.O.T. to Your Purpose™
The Art of Letting Go™
The Humor Initiative™
You Are E.N.O.U.G.H™


"Conscious empathy is when you ask two questions: You ask what is it like for them and how does it make them feel?"