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Crystal Kadakia      

Author, Thought Leader, Consultant for Millennials & Modernizing the Workplace

Crystal Kadakia is a two-time TEDx speaker, international keynoter, and best selling author, known for transforming the toughest workplace changes into exciting possibilities for our digital world. As an organization development consultant, she brings organizations into the digital age, leveling up people strategies in areas such as career development, learning culture, inclusion, leadership development, and employee engagement. Past clients include General Mills, Southern Company,, Wells Fargo, and other organizations. She also brings deep training expertise as the co-creator of the Owens-Kadakia Learning Cluster Design model, that upskills the training industry to design modern learning, supported by ATD.

Through her best-selling book, "The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs" (Berrett-Koehler, 2017), and keynotes, Kadakia has changed the story around generation gap for thousands over the past decade. Her most recent book "Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM" (ATD, 2020) calls for a transformation of the training industry, empowering relevancy in the digital age. Her current project is a deep study of self-leadership actions that help create connection, escape burnout, and overcome other challenges unique to the digital age.

Kadakia is honored to be a Power 30 Under 30, CLO Learning in Practice, and ATD One to Watch award recipient. Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s in Organization Development. Originally from Austin, TX, she is now based in Atlanta, GA with her husband Jeremy, where they love immersing in nature’s way of life and cultural experiences.

Speech Topics


The truth is we are all tired. Facing the reality of widespread burnout is the first step to overcoming it. In this talk, I share what’s making us so tired, how to conquer energy drains, and how to change the paradigm together. Inspiring and team building, this talk will help create a new vision of every day work in the hybrid VUCA world.

  • Spark your awareness of how living in a digital world both enables and disables productivity & happiness
  • Consider challenges like Mindless Doing, Disconnected Relationships, and Act “As If” Loyalty
  • Learn how to empower yourself & your team, rather than be held hostage by the constant environmental challenges


While there’s barriers to inclusion we all know exist, the real problem is that it’s a near-impossible challenge to train the worst of human nature out. To achieve inclusion, we have to learn where, when, and how we shine at inclusion already and put systems in place to intentionally make these happen every day. Inclusion is a complex capability that I believe is not built through hearing greater information. This is a generative talk in which the audience participates in activities to process and internalize the insights being shared. This talk builds culture, bridges, and new relationships.

  • Discuss thinking and acting for diversity vs thinking and acting for inclusion on a day to day basis
  • Identify and practice strengths already used by each individual audience member to build inclusion
  • Identify a key practice to take back to build inclusion into every day


Technical talent contributes a big lift to society. But do we do them justice? Not only do they have to have the know-how to think through extremely complex, analytical challenges, they then have to navigate equally complex social dynamics to get their solutions out there. Given my background as a chemical engineer, I know that technical work is to important to not be heard effectively – it slows down bringing vital innovations to market.

In this talk, I bring new energy to technical talent by shortcutting some of the most frequent and career-impacting social situations. Based on my latest book, Social Equations, this talk can be customized towards particular problems you’d like insight on for your audience.


Building a movement around a new idea or product? Get a different perspective on marketing and communication campaigns from the lens of learning.

I believe that every moment of effective communication needs a moment of learning. That’s why how people learn can make a difference to movement builders and business professionals.

In this talk, I draw on my work on the Learning Cluster Design model, a leading modern learning design method in the training industry, to inspire new thinking for communication, marketing, and community builders. This is an interactive keynote, where attendees can have a project in mind and can apply the inspiration they hear.


Believe it or not, we are all guilty of the habits young talent are often accused of: low attention span, constant multitasking and distraction, overwhelmed by information overload, lack of loyalty and more.

Change the conversation about Millennials and Gen Z for your team – stop talking in circles and make forward progress instead.

Based on the Amazon bestseller, The Millennial Myth, in this talk, you will not only change your mind on the five biggest myths about young generations, but learn how to navigate today’s digital mindset and behavior.

  • Move beyond the notion that generational differences are the source of today’s workplace woes
  • Build compassion for and bridges with employees who have grown up in a digital world
  • Discover relationship, management and leadership practices that apply to all generations and talent of the future

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