Meet Karriem Kanston

Karriem K. Kanston calls himself The Encourager, because he inspires and motivates people in their life, career and business. He just doesn’t talk about changing the world, he does it.

A motivational speaker, consultant, author, entrepreneur, advocate for underrepresented businesses and a valuable asset to organizations. He is the owner of Kanston Development in which he conducts and consults in the areas of leadership and economic development. He has a vast array of experience and has worked in education, retail and the financial industries.

He is also an Army Veteran and Lead Faculty for the 10,000 Small Businesses Program at CCRI funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. He currently is an instructor for the CVS Health Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers.

Mr. Kanston also has developed workshops and speeches around leadership and economic development. He believes it is important for people to understand their true purpose in life.

Karriem grew up in Queens, NY. He graduated with three degrees in business and education from Johnson & Wales University. He has been married to his lovely wife Debora Pierce-Kanston since 2000 and has two children.​