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Crystal Jackson

CEO, CLJackson Group


Crystal L. Jackson is a compelling, dynamic, and self-made woman—a professional speaker and coach passionate about sharing the stories and strategies that helped her become one of the most accomplished women in the field of aerospace technologies.

After spending 20+ years as a thought leader for a leading Aerospace and Defense company overseeing a large staff of engineers and a sizeable budget, Crystal decided to make a bold move by resigning from corporate during the COVID-19 global pandemic (before she felt #READY) and added another division to her CLJackson brand by launching CLJackson Logistics LLC (a mid-size company) as a Delivery Services Partner with Amazon.

Crystal was the 2020 recipient of the “Dr. King’s Keeper of the Dream” award from Raytheon’s RAYBEN organization, a nominee for Raytheon’s “Women to Watch” award (2013), and the recipient of “The Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Modern Day Technology Leadership Award” (2011). Crystal thrived in a male-dominated industry where African American women make up just 1% of the workforce.

Outside of being CEO of her newly launched Corporation, Crystal shares her passion, influence, and personal narrative to coach, inspire, and guide others towards living life “out loud” and on purpose. Crystal is a published author that captures powerful messages of purpose, strategy, and perseverance. In 2012, Crystal established a speaking platform through which she offers personal and professional development coaching to students and women. Crystal also established the Daniel Washington Scholarship Fund, an annual award she presents to one deserving student from her hometown of Muskogee Oklahoma.

While Crystal’s accomplishments have earned her many accolades, her success story has an unlikely beginning. It is this difficult part of her story that Crystal feels most compelled to share in her books and at speaking engagements because it puts the impossible odds she’s overcome in perspective.

Crystal continues to strive to be the best that she can be with a passion to help others break through barriers (both invisible and real) and smash ceilings placed in the way. She believes all individuals have the power to choose success over circumstance and she uses her life lessons and strategies to inspire others to be all they can be.

To meet with Crystal, email thewondry@vanderbilt.edu.