Top Five Presentations Requested from Dr. Crystal Kuykendall :

"Bringing out the Best in Everybody"

Certainly, in today's competitive society, individuals are encouraged to do all they can to improve and empower themselves ----- and this is great! However, Crystal believes that while there is much joy in personal accomplishment, there is commensurate joy in being of benefit, even service to others who really need the goodwill we have to offer. If you are in a position to impact another life, directly or indirectly through professional endeavors, Crystal is able to provide you with the inspiration, insight and ability to fulfill your own life through endeavors to enrich other lives. If you have never thought of outreach, Crystal will inspire you to do so.

Principles of Effective Leadership

Hopelessness is one of the most pervasive illnesses in society. Crystal helps those "Merchants of Hope" who receive this message to move past obstacles, differences, diversity, and other restraints. Through this message individuals will learn to impact positively the lives of others, restore hope and renew lives. Those who work with youth will be moved by her countless professional tests and triumphs. Crystal defines what leadership really is. Her incredible acumen and understanding of others has allowed her to live the principles she espouses and has shared successfully with numerous audiences.

Author of the book, Developing Leadership for Parent Citizen Groups in 1976, Crystal has provided insight on how to transform oneself from mediocrity in management to laudable results as a leader for over 2 decades. Selected by the editors of Ebony Magazine as one of the "50 Leaders of the Future" in 1979, and the youngest person to serve as Chairperson of a US President's National Advisory Council on Continuing Education (1979-81), Crystal shares her insight on using leadership to resolve problems and to facilitate organizational development. In addition, she provides insight on issues of diversity, time management, stress management, and the dynamics of change.

"Winning Women at Work"

A working woman since her teen years, Crystal has gleaned a depth of understanding and appreciation for the challenges facing women of all races and backgrounds in the workplace. She has helped thousands of women transform, empower and enrich their lives as working women, loving Moms and unforgettable wives and family members. President and General Counsel of her own firm since 1989, she is also a practicing attorney (Juvenile Justice) who has continued to exemplify the winning attitude she helps others develop. Importantly, Crystal facilitates in others the desire and ability to network, mentor and maximize the resources available to them, making most encounters with others "win-win" in every way -- especially for women who want the most and men who marvel at their wonders.

"From Rage to Hope"

A firm believer that "educating everyone takes everyone", Crystal has a message for all who are concerned about the proliferation of violence in today's society, drug abuse, drop out rates, teen pregnancy, suicide and youth alienation. In addressing so very effectively the causes of youth rage, Crystal provides insight on dispute resolution, conflict management and mediation. Importantly, she is able to inspire all to be more proactive in abating some of the challenges facing today's youth.

"Getting Peace, Happiness Affection: Triumphs with Daily 'CPR'."... Who doesn't want a fulfilling, productive life? We are in constant pursuit of ways to make things better, unless we have been bitten by the "rut" bug. Crystal has learned through some seriously debilitating setbacks and personal tragedies how to overcome and achieve against all odds. She evokes humor and tears in facilitating the fortitude necessary to make life truly worth living. Her insight on human bonding, relations, obstacle abatement and 'CPR' are inspired.

Presentation Topics include:

  • From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students
  • Black Survival in White America
  • The Contemporary Black Woman
  • Contemporary Educational Issues and the Urban School Board
  • Parental/Community Involvement in Public Schools & Effective Parenting
  • Multicultural Education
  • Identifying Giftedness In the "At-Risk" Learner
  • School Finance and Fund Raising
  • Policy Development for Effective Change
  • Desegregation/Busing and Magnet Schools
  • Bringing Out the Best In Everybody
  • School Law, Student Rights
  • Teacher Contracts/Collective Bargaining
  • The Role of the Church in the Education of Our Youth
  • Winning Women at Work (speech given in Perth, West Australia, October 1990)
  • Achieving Against the Odds (speech given in Perth, West Australia, October 1990)
  • Building and Maintaining Organizations which serve the African-American Community
  • Dispute and Conflict Resolution/Management
  • Differentiation and Brain Development
  • The Dynamics of Change
  • Networking and Mentoring
  • Board-Administration Relations Improving Communications Skills
  • Improving Student Achievement Through Improved Student Self-Image
  • Student Discipline/Classroom Management
  • Teacher Expectations
  • School Decision Making
  • Dealing with the Issue of School Bullies
  • Identifying Giftedness in "At-Risk" Youth
  • Wellness in a Multicultural Society
  • Urban Education: Crisis and Solutions
  • Principles of Effective Leadership
  • Incommensurability: The Issue Behind School Equity
  • Parental Involvement in Special Education Programs
  • Continuing Education: Community Involvement and Access
  • Improving Employee Performance/Productivity
  • Stress Management
  • Magnifying the Power of Merchants of Hope
  • The Urban School Counselor
  • Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education
  • Addressing the Needs of the Black Male Student
  • Preparing Adolescent Girls for Better Futures
  • Empowering Our Village, Our People, Ourselves

What Others Are Saying About Crystal Kuykendall...

" Talk with Dr. Crystal A. Kuykendall for an hour and you start believing she runs on a different clock to everybody else. The dynamic black American positively defies time. While most people have trouble fitting their busy daily activities into 24 hours, Dr. Kuykendall seems to grab another 12 from somewhere to achieve an extraordinary array of goals."
-- Gail Williams, The West Australian

"So you think you've been to dozens of conferences ... hundreds of seminars. You probably think you've seen and heard 'em all But get ready for Dr. Crystal Arlene Kuykendall. If you've never heard her speak before, hold onto your hat and tighten your shoelaces because Dr. Kuykendall will knock your socks off!"
-- Ron Scull, Florida Vocational Association

"What a dynamic speaker! Everyone should hear her speak. This is not a road show ... she speaks from the heart. Bridgeport made a great move bringing her here!"
-- State Representative Michael J. Gosehka , R-Blant, MI

"You were a tremendous success at the Community of Caring National Conference. Your description of the struggles you faced and the obstacles you overcame in your own life was truly inspiring to our entire group."
--Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Joseph P. Kennedy Community of Caring Foundation

"Without a doubt, your presentation was one of the best I've heard during my tour of duty ..."
--Barton D. Strong, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy Commander:
Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division

"Your speech was the best I've ever heard ... and I'm pretty good myself! I've enclosed a paperweight for a true heavy weight!"
--Kevin Cox, House of Representatives , State of Oklahoma

"We are still receiving phone calls about the dynamism of your speech. Your message resonated and you truly touched the lives and hearts of your listeners."
-- Ravi Ravindran , Silicon Valley Private Industry Council

"We will never forget you or the power of your message."
--Robert T. Herres,
Gen. USAF (Ret) CEO of USAA

"I want to thank you again for kicking off the 1999 NSBA Caucus program with a personal and professional 'gusto' that was unmatched."
--Jeremiah Floyd,
Former Asso. Executive Director , National School Boards Association

"I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your motivational talk. I think everyone should have an opportunity to hear you and be inspired." Thanks again.
--Bonnie Trudelle,
5 th grade student, Montgomery County MD

"The Graduate School of Education of Lewis & Clark College wishes to confer you with the Doctor of Humane Letters . We wish to honor you because you embody so much of what we, as a college, stand for. By conviction and deed you have worked to confront some of the most important educational challenges facing our nation. We are proud of your achievements, and in saluting them we will be providing our students a fine exemplar. Your book, From Rage to Hope, has been called a 'national treasure' , a phrase that could well be applied to you, the author."
--Michael Mooney, President
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

I teach in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) . I have been the City and County Teacher of the Year, a Wal Mart Teacher of the Year, Target Stores Teacher of the Year and I could go on. After 24 years, you can imagine I have seen a lot of speeches. You are one of the few people who seem to have a sparkle in your eye, a "bounce" to your step and the ability to really ignite a passion in a crowd. I want to thank you so much for coming to SDUSD. I think every teacher in America would surely benefit from hearing you, your message, ideas, thoughts and suggestions. You radiate such warmth and kindness, I felt a connection to you and especially to your message to us educators.
--Mark Heinze, Teacher , Muirlands Middle School

Dr. Kuykendall is an AWESOME, EXCEPTIONAL Instructor!  You can see she has a passion for teaching!
--T.A. Rush, Former Student, Strayer University  

Past & Former Clients:

Dr. Kuykendall has provided services to over 2,000 clients who have included:

Associations, Corporations, Bureaucracies

  • The American Association of School Administrators
  • The National Urban League
  • The National Education Association
  • The NAACP Council of Student Government Associations
  • Washington Teachers' Union
  • The National Middle Schools Association
  • FAA
  • National Council of University Research Administrators
  • The Bermuda Middle Schools Association National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Counties
  • The International Association of Pupil Personnel Workers
  • National Urban Coalition
  • The National Association of Partners in Education
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • National Alliance of Black School Educators
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • American Association for Counseling Development
  • National Board of Directors for Junior Achievement
  • National Reading Styles Institute
  • Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Health Power, Inc.
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • Noel Levitz
  • International Association of Parole Authorities
  • Dairy Council of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Dept of Justice: Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Rotary Club& Chamber of Commerce Rogers, AR
  • The Chautauqua Institution
  • Silicon Valley Private Industry Council
  • National Association of Private Industry Councils
  • The Tobacco Control Institute of West Virginia
  • American Family Insurance Company
  • Association for Gifted and Talented


  • Cornell University
  • Howard University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Langston University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Bethune-Cookman College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Plymouth State College
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Toogaloo College
  • William Patterson University (Wayne, NJ)
  • Princeton Unive
  • City University of New York
  • California State University-Davis
  • Toogaloo College
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Purdue University
  • State University of New York(Cortland Campus)
  • American University
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Bowie State University
  • Georgia State University
  • FAMU
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Virginia Tech University & many more.


  • Top Ladies of Distinction
  • National Council
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • National Association of Women in Justice

Health, Military and Other

  • National Wellness Institute
  • Parents Without Partners
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents
  • Tobacco Control Institute of West Virginia
  • Citizens for Fair School Funding
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • National Congress of Parents and Teachers
  • Alaska Council on Drug & Alcohol Prevention
  • Councils of Student Government Associations
  • Ministry of Sport & Recreation - Perth Australia
  • The Urban Youth Investment Program, Inc.
  • Veteran Administration of
  • Universal Foundation for Better Living
  • Finger Lakes Regional Hospital
  • Fort Hood Army Base
  • U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
  • U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece
  • USAA
  • scores of national and state agencies and associations plus hundreds of LEAs in 49 states.


  • Joseph P. Kennedy "Community of Caring" Foundation
  • Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation