Closing Session Speaker – Joyel Crawford

Closing Session Speaker – Joyel Crawford

Joyel Crawford is a Leadership Consultant, CEO/Founder of Crawford Leadership Strategies, TEDx Speaker, and author of the Amazon Bestselling book “Show Your Ask: Using Your Voice to Advocate for Yourself and Your Career” which was ranked #1 in New Releases.

Approved for 1 SHRM PDC Credit and 1 HRCI General Credit

Joyel Crawford, a dynamic force in the world of leadership development and career coaching, is celebrated as an international TEDx Speaker, Certified Professional Career Coach, and the driving force behind Crawford Leadership Strategies. With an illustrious ten-year journey, Joyel has consistently proven her expertise in guiding individuals through the intricate paths of their careers.

As the brain behind Crawford Leadership Strategies, an award-winning consultancy specializing in leadership consulting, keynotes, and hybrid solutions, Joyel is committed to empowering leaders within results-driven organizations. With a wealth of experience from her 18-year tenure at Verizon Wireless, where she held pivotal roles in Employee Relations, EEO/AA, Staffing, Professional Mentoring, as the Manager of Management and Employee Development in charge of Leadership Development programs, Joyel’s managerial prowess impacted over 30,000 employees.

Joyel’s influence extends beyond the boardroom, as she hosts the enlightening podcast “Career View Mirror®” and stands as the author of the Amazon Bestselling book and audiobook, “Show Your Ask: Using Your Voice to Advocate for Yourself and Your Career,” ranking #1 in New Releases.

Having graced prestigious stages and corporate arenas, Joyel has delivered transformative leadership development courses and keynotes for renowned entities like the U.S. Senate, NASA JPL, The New York Times, ESPN, Intuit, Amazon, PepsiCo, JP Morgan Chase, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Aramark, and Microsoft. Her speaking repertoire spans topics such as Self-Advocacy, Resilience, Effective Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Goal Setting, Stress Management, Change Management, and many more.

Education-wise, Joyel’s journey began in New Jersey, culminating in a Cum Laude Psychology degree from Elon University as an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow. Her pursuit of excellence continued with an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, specializing in Management. As a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) and holder of certifications in PHR, SHRM-CP (retired), DISC, and Birkman Assessment, Joyel stands at the forefront of her field.

An inaugural member of Forefront Coaches powered by MG100 Coaches, and a proud member of Forbes Coaches Council, Newsweek Expert Forum, National Black MBA Association, National Speakers Association, and more, Joyel’s impact resonates globally. Her career advice has graced the pages of Forbes, Essence, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, and other esteemed publications.

Beyond her professional achievements, Joyel is a Legislative Advocate for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, showcasing her commitment to social causes. With a TEDx Talk titled “Why We Should Go Bald Together,” she continues to inspire and lead with authenticity.

As the founder of a Certified Minority and Women-Owned Business, Joyel Crawford stands as a beacon of leadership, transforming careers and organizations through her unwavering commitment to excellence.

Closing Session:

No is a Complete Sentence: Assertive communication in the workplace

This keynote explores the delicate art of saying “No” in the professional environment. As guardians of workplace harmony and champions of effective communication, Human Resources professionals are the backbone of every organization. Participants will understand the nuances of assertiveness, empathy, and tact.  They will also learn to unravel the secrets of gracefully declining requests while preserving relationships, creating healthy boundaries and fostering mutual respect.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mastering Assertiveness & Cultivating Empathy:
    • Understand the power of assertiveness in professional communication.
    • Develop empathy-driven communication to acknowledge others’ perspectives.
  • The Art of Saying “No” Without Guilt:
    • Embrace the art of saying “No” firmly yet graciously.
    • Explore techniques to handle guilt and navigate emotional responses.
  • Setting Boundaries and Prioritizing Self-Care:
    • Recognize the importance of setting boundaries to prevent burnout.
    • Prioritize self-care and mental well-being to enhance professional resilience.
  • Strategies for Difficult Conversations:
    • Acquire tools to navigate challenging conversations with confidence.
    • Learn effective techniques to handle pushback and resistance professionally.
  • Building a Supportive Workplace Culture & Leadership/Mentorship:
    • Foster a culture of mutual respect and understanding within your organization.
    • Cultivate leadership skills and embrace mentoring for a better workplace.
Special Thanks to our 2024 Sponsors