Dr. Crystal Kuykendall is a critical thinker, analyst, motivator and mentor. Dr. Kuykendall has astounded audiences and individuals through the power of her observations and the warmth of her words. A highly sought after speaking sensation, she is an engaging educator, human relations expert, legal analyst/litigator, endearing author and loving mother.
Born in Chicago, IL, Dr. Kuykendall graduated from Hyde Park High School with 4 scholarships at the age of 16. She received her B.A. from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) as a Government major. Though an Assistantship, she graduated from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ) with a Master of Arts degree in Sociology. Through a Ford Fellowship, she received her Doctorate in Educational Administration from Atlanta University. She received her Law Degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981 and was admitted to the Bar Association of the District of Columbia after passing the Bar Exam in 1988 on her first attempt.
Dr. Crystal Kuykendall taught at Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. She is the former Executive Director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, served as Director of Urban & Minority Relations for the National School Boards Association and as the Director of the Citizens Training Institute for the National Committee for Citizens in Education. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Advisory Council on Continuing Education, she served as Council Chairperson from 1979-1981. She was chosen by the editors of Ebony Magazine as one of the “50 Leaders of the Future” in 1979.
In 1989, Dr.Crystal Kuykendall incorporated her company, Kreative and Innovative Resources for Kids (K.I.R.K.). Through the company she provides long-term technical assistance and consulting services to an increasing number of national and international clients. This is done through individual endeavors as well as through the use of a team of expert consultants, when needed.
Since 1990, Crystal Kuykendall has given over 100 speeches annually. Her audiences connect almost instantly with her high energy, charm, charismatic delivery and moving messages. As she weaves her magic behind a microphone, her audiences experience an incredible array of emotions. She not only facilitates self-analysis, she also inspires personal and organizational change, growth and powerful results in personal and professional pursuits. It doesn’t matter who Crystal Kuykendall addresses, CEO’s or custodians, educators or administrators, youth or seniors, public or private employees, the results are the same and audiences give thundering standing ovations wherever she goes.
Mother of two daughters and a son, Dr. Crystal Kuykendall has also been a H.O.S.T.S. (Help One Student To Succeed) mentor since 1995 and is a school and church volunteer. One of her daughters, Rasheki M. Kuykendall, received the 2005-2006 Milken Family Foundation National Educator of the Year Award.