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Kristen Crockett

Kristen Crockett

The Crockett Collective

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Kristen's work combines: Writing, Education, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

CEO/Leadership Coach

I jump-start teams, grow people, and develop dynamic leaders.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    National Cathedral School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Communications (Broadcast Production)

    Loyola University-New Orleans

  • Graduate Degree


    American University

  • Graduate Degree


    George Washington University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Training & Development Managers:

Bachelor's Degree: Communications/Psychology

Graduate Degree: Organizational Leadership

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I fell in love with writing when I was five. I had no idea what I wanted to become in college.

  • 2.

    I went to grad school for film/video, thinking about becoming the next Ken Burns. During my second semester, I decided I didn't love film/video enough to truly make it the center of my career.

  • 3.

    I went to law school, with no intention of practicing law. I noticed that every lawyer was unhappy. I wanted to love my career and so many lawyers tried to talk me about of becoming an attorney.

  • 4.

    A friend introduced me to a non-profit where I served as a speaker/facilitator for students. Standing in front of the room, I instantly fell in love with empowering others and facilitating sessions.

  • 5.

    I fell in love with speaking and facilitation and tried to figure out how to do it full time. As Director of Programs at a charter school, I was able to create curriculum, run a mentor program & teach

  • 6.

    I created a company to design training sessions for schools & companies, provide executive coaching, and grow leaders. I realized that relationships and communication continued to pop up for clients.

  • 7.

    My friends were divorcing or were divorced. I created communication & relationship workshops. I wrote a book called "The Gift of Past Relationships" to help people navigate relationships.

  • 8.

    I facilitated & designed sessions, designed a corporate mentor program, grew leaders & coached individuals, & worked at Radio One & PBS. Now, I combine all of my experiences into my current role.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    I don't understand why you don't want to practice after going to law school. That is dumb.

  • How I responded:

    I realized that I only knew one happy attorney. Everyone else was miserable but they had so much law school debt that they felt trapped in their jobs. My father always told me, "Do what you love and the money will come." He was right. When I am in front of a room facilitating, I feel alive. I am one of the few people who loves what they do for a living. I empower people to grow, learn, & have their own aha moments. I kept searching for happiness and I found it...and the money came.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My mom was a housewife and my dad made $90/week. I applied for scholarships and grants to be able to afford college. I worked two part-time jobs in college, in addition to going to school full time. When you want it badly, money won't stop you.

  • I almost caved into the pressure to be what my friends/family thought I should. Happiness is the most important thing in life. You can only attain it by listening to the voice inside of you that whispers your passion or purpose to you.