Fierce Conversation Catalysts Launches | Diverse Perspective Program


Fierce Conversations Launches Conversation Catalysts Program To Share New Voices With Diverse Perspectives

Karith Foster and Dondré Whitfield are the first to join the program

AUGUST 21, 2020 – Seattle, WA Fierce Conversations today announced Conversation Catalysts, a new program that aims to highlight new and timely perspectives with access to content from expert contributors, commentators, and influencers in their given field. Fierce’s first Conversation Catalysts are Karith Foster, author speaker and humorist, and Dondré Whitfield, author, actor, social commentator and speaker.

“Conversations are at the heart of every aspect of our lives both at work and at home, and there is a need now more than ever to elevate these timely conversations, provoke learning, and enrich relationships,” said Ed Beltran, CEO of Fierce. “By listening and injecting diverse perspectives and voices into the workplace, and into the larger world, we hope to expand knowledge and understanding while providing the tools to make a real impact.”

Since its inception, Fierce has maintained that what gets talked about, how it gets talked about, and who is invited to the conversation determines what will happen, and what won’t happen. By sharing diverse voices, Fierce hopes individuals can have provocative conversations that will help open minds to new perspectives both in work and in life.

To kick off this new initiative, Fierce is launching the first two Conversation Catalysts:

Karith Foster: Karith is a Stand-up comedian, motivational speaker, TV and radio personality, actress, author and entrepreneur, named  “one of the hottest comics to come out of New York City” according to both The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage Magazine. She has appeared on Oprah, BRAVO, BET, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, NBC’s Today Show, and Last Comic Standing. Karith has transitioned her comedy into a speaking career in the areas of diversity, leadership, women, team building and motivation. She is the author of “Laugh Your Way to Happiness: 101 Ways to Have a Great Laugh” and the soon to be released children’s book “Lealah Finds Love.”  Fierce has joined forces with Karith to co-develop a powerful virtual keynote that combines skills and actionable tools to educate and cultivate a sincere comprehension of modern-day diversity.

“At this time in our collective history, feelings of division and polarization are at unprecedented heights and taking a toll on critical relationships, both personal and professional,” said Karith. “I’m excited to collaborate with Fierce Conversations on a keynote that will inspire teams to think and speak differently about Diversity and Inclusion as there has never been a  greater or more immediate need for compelling communication.” 

Dondré Whitfield: Dondré is a three-time Emmy and NAACP Image award nominee who has appeared with such celebrated actors as John Travolta, Helen Mirren, David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan and Kevin Hart among many others. Off-camera, Whitfield is passionate about helping address the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. He co-created The Manhood Tour, a global movement committed to awakening the consciousness of men, giving them the keys to effective and impactful leadership, and teaching them how to tap into their talents and live to the highest degree. Members of the Fierce Leadership team will host an exclusive virtual panel with Dondré on September 24th, from 11AM – 12PM PDT to discuss how males in leadership roles are failing across the board.

“I’m thrilled to share my journey and insights about authentic leadership and the importance of serving others with the Fierce team,” said Dondre. 

Fierce will continue to add more individuals to discuss topics that matter most to their clients. For more information, including for those who are interested in becoming a Conversation Catalyst, please visit


Fierce Conversations is a training company that teaches you how to have effective conversations. Fierce has trained hundreds of thousands to become expert conversationalists who save their organizations time and money by knowing what to talk about, how to talk about it and why it matters for the bottom line. Fierce programs have been successfully implemented at blue-chip companies, nonprofits, and educational organizations worldwide, including Capital One, Wal-Mart, CHRISTUS Health, Coca-Cola, CARE, and Verizon. The company has been honored as an Inc. 500|5000 company eight times, named to’s “Companies to Watch” list twice, and has won numerous awards for top companies to work for in the state of Washington. Learn how to have conversations that matter.


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