Crystal Williams

Founding Member, EmpowerMEnt & Crystal Williams, LLC 

Former Foster Youth

Williams is an artist, inspirational speaker and advocate. She uses the arts to inform and communicate political, social, spiritual concepts to ultimately act as an agent for social and community change. She is well versed in Marketing and Communications, youth engagement, community engagement, performing arts, and writing. She uses her gifts and passion for writing to creatively impact her community. She began writing at a very early age and discovered her gift of writing and speaking poetry while still in high school.  She began using her writing for social awareness at the age of 18. Williams graduated from Emory University in May of 2009 with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a minor in Theater Studies. She has worked and volunteered with several local, national and international organizations including World Changers Church International, Emory University Alumni Association, Casey Family programs, the Georgia Empowerment Team, The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic of Emory University, the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children and Families First, Inc. She is an advocate for inspiring individuals to strive for excellence, crush their box, and uncover their true potential. Williams is an alumni of Georgia’s foster care system and spent 13 years in care. She was adopted as an adult. 
 
Williams recently authored her first book entitled, “Stronger: An Inspirational Journal,” which is a compilation of many of her short poems written to inspire and motivate youth to use their creative voice for self-expression and personal development. Shehas had the opportunity to speak all over the country on youth rights and sees it as her personal mission to use her story and experiences as a platform and a sounding board to encourage all youth.