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About Us

The Truth.  Why We Exist

"Leadership ability determines a person's level of effectiveness" - John Maxwell

  • When women and people of color have mentors and sponsors, it can narrow the advancement gap between women and men.

  • According to the Mckinsey&Company Women in the Workplace 2018 study for every 100 men promoted to manager, just 79 women are promoted. This gap in the promotion rate to manager is worse for women of color. Most notably, for every 100 men promoted to manager, only 60 Black women are.

  • White Men Account for 72% of Corporate Leadership at 16 of the Fortune 500 Companies.    

  • Of the 5,089 executives and senior officials at 16 of the Fortune 500 Companies, 80% are men  

  • Minority employees experience a heightened awareness of their difference in the workplace (Catalyst, 2016) 

  •  2014 census data released by the federal government revealed the awareness and opportunity gap experienced by 1st Generation professionals equates to a $30,000/year salary loss compared to those who had college-educated, professional parents.


Truth is, these statistics prove that while minorities, women and 1st generation professionals must work twice as hard to earn a seat at the table, simply exceeding performance is not enough to move up.  Performance alone only accounts for 10% of your potential to move up in your career. 

Networking requires cultivating relationships with internal and external contacts to exchange information, and develop professional, or social sponsors.  Successful networking requires intentional and delicate balancing of PERFORMANCE, IMAGE, and EXPOSURE.


Crystal Khalil & Associates is founded on the premise that hard workers work hard, and networkers move up. The rules to success should not be a secret reserved for the privileged few. By increasing your leadership lid, and potential, we will guide you through navigating the corporate structure, and share the keys to open the doors of success. 

It is our desire that you will then hold those same doors open for the next person on the journey.  

Meet CKA

Meet Crystal Khalil, Chief Servant

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Crystal Khalil is Chief Servant of Crystal Khalil & Associates, LLC., a global training and development company.  Crystal delivers a heart-centered, powerful message of empowerment to inspire high performance, and potential for corporate talent and entrepreneurs.

Mrs. Khalil’s compelling journey of transforming her own life from a first generation college graduate to the first African American executive for the global, luxury automotive manufacturer, Porsche, is the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to shatter glass-ceilings, and chart your own career path.

Using her signature Hard Workers Work Hard, and Networkers Move Up! tagline, Crystal teaches people how to increase their leadership through service, excellence, and humility to accomplish unfathomable goals, and to tap their limitless potential.

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As a certified John Maxwell Speaker, Coach, and Trainer, Crystal delivers world-class programs, masterminds and products. She inspires people to stand in their true greatness, push past their limitations and to get into action toward living their dreams. 

Crystal lives, works and plays in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and on stages around the world.

Speaker Topics: Empowerment, Inspirational, Life Balance, Motivational Speaker, Overcoming Adversity, Personal Development, Women Speakers

Our Community

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Caring For Others, a nonprofit organization that gives a voice to the faces of poverty. 


An active volunteer and former steering committee member of Porsche Cares, the philanthropic arm of Porsche Cars North America. 

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What Clients say about us

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“I had the pleasure of working 10+ years with Crystal. Crystal established a partnership early on in our relationship. Her leadership in the area of procurement helped make me a better negotiator, ask the right questions to get exactly what I needed for our team. What I love about her is her helpfulness and generosity through every situation. She has amazing knowledge in her space and doesn’t shy away from teaching others. I always felt Crystal to be a business partner willing to help my business to be better.”

Tracey Morrison, Human Resources, UCB

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