Cheslie Kryst

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  • Miss USA 2019
  • Co-Chair of the JEDI Advisory Council and Member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Emmy Award-Nominated Correspondent
  • Impact Ambassador - Dress for Success



A powerful and versatile speaker, Cheslie Kryst first gained national attention after delivering memorable answers to onstage questions asked during the Miss USA 2019 Competition. Her responses about #MeToo, #TimesUp, and millennials helped her to win the title and become the first practicing attorney to be crowned Miss USA.

Before becoming Miss USA, Cheslie worked full time as a complex civil litigation attorney and also served as counsel, pro bono, for clients serving excessive time for low-level drug offenses. She spoke frequently about criminal justice reform and women’s empowerment during her reign as Miss USA and also spent her year advocating for organizations including Dress for Success,  Smile Train, Best Buddies, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Now on the Board of Directors and the Co-Chair of the JEDI Advisory Council at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, she continues to speak on these topics, as well as diversity, fashion, and the intersection of the two.

Cheslie’s work as a correspondent for the nationally broadcast entertainment news show, Extra TV, sharpens her ability to captivate a wide range of audiences. She regularly interviews some of entertainment's biggest names, such as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Henry Golding and Lizzo to name a few.

 

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Rave Reviews About Cheslie Kryst
My team and I wanted a very special speaker to help launch our newest, multi-million dollar global workplace initiative at The Oculus in New York City. Cheslie Kryst wowed the attendees with her intellect, poise, charm, and exceptional story-telling ability. She stole the show!

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Cheslie Kryst
  • American Financial Services Association
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • Conference of Chief Justices
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Dress for Success Worldwide
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Black Enterprise
  • University of South Carolina Track and Field
  • North Carolina General Assembly
  • Johnson and Wales Fashion Society
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An Empowered Woman: How I Won My Seat at the Table

In this talk, Cheslie Kryst encourages women to fight for a seat at the table. She shares her empowering personal story, and how she earned a JD and an MBA, secured six figures for her first full-time job, and board positions, even above those with more connections. Kryst inspires and instructs in t ...

In this talk, Cheslie Kryst encourages women to fight for a seat at the table. She shares her empowering personal story, and how she earned a JD and an MBA, secured six figures for her first full-time job, and board positions, even above those with more connections. Kryst inspires and instructs in this powerful talk.

Fashion in the Workplace: How Your Clothes Affect Your Salary and Promotions

There is no reason why a woman can't look amazing while killing it at work. Years of internships and full-time experience in corporate America has informed the advice Cheslie Kryst put into her workplace clothing blog White Collar Glam.  In this fun talk, Kryst gives some practical tips to looking g ...

There is no reason why a woman can't look amazing while killing it at work. Years of internships and full-time experience in corporate America has informed the advice Cheslie Kryst put into her workplace clothing blog White Collar Glam.  In this fun talk, Kryst gives some practical tips to looking good in the workplace and dressing for success.

 

Fantastic Failures: The Importance of Losing and the Success Stories that Follow

Cheslie Kryst lost four state pageants before becoming Miss North Carolina USA and later, Miss USA. In this talk, she discusses the benefits of failure and the three important steps to convert those losses into lessons. ...

Cheslie Kryst lost four state pageants before becoming Miss North Carolina USA and later, Miss USA. In this talk, she discusses the benefits of failure and the three important steps to convert those losses into lessons.

Cheslie Kryst as Host, Emcee & Interviewer for Your Event

Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst is a special correspondent for the Emmy-winning, nationally syndicated entertainment news program “Extra.”  She has interviewed actors, musicians and celebrities, and is quick on her feet to keep the show going, while eliciting meaningful conversation. ...

Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst is a special correspondent for the Emmy-winning, nationally syndicated entertainment news program “Extra.”  She has interviewed actors, musicians and celebrities, and is quick on her feet to keep the show going, while eliciting meaningful conversation.

Diversity and Inclusion

Cheslie Kryst is frequently sought out to speak about diversity, inclusion, representation, and equity. In her educational and passionate talks, Kryst shares her experiences in diversity advising and JEDI Advisory Council roles, why these positions are important, how we move forward with stronger in ...

Cheslie Kryst is frequently sought out to speak about diversity, inclusion, representation, and equity. In her educational and passionate talks, Kryst shares her experiences in diversity advising and JEDI Advisory Council roles, why these positions are important, how we move forward with stronger inclusivity, and make sure everyone has a seat at the table.

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<p>Case Study: Cheslie Kryst receives a rave review after talking to the American Financial Services Association</p>

Case Study: Cheslie Kryst receives a rave review after talking to the American Financial Services Association

CHESLIE KRYST spoke at the American Financial Services Association, which represents the consumer finance industry, via virtual livestream for their 2021 AFSA Vehicle Finance Conference. This is historically the largest of AFSA’s conferences, with a focus on education and networking within the industry. Kryst’s presentation on accelerating diversity and inclusion was highly successful, with the AFSA raving, "The American Financial Services Association was pleased to have Cheslie Kryst serve as a keynote speaker at our annual Vehicle Finance Conference, which was virtually attended by more than 400 auto-industry senior executives and auto-finance industry professionals. Ms. Kryst provided an informative, energetic and entertaining keynote presentation on the evolving consumer finance market, the important role diversity and inclusion policies play in consumer-facing businesses, and along the way shared insights from her remarkable career. Ms. Kryst’s presentation was a great success due to her focus on the needs of the client, understanding her audience, the depth of her professional knowledge and experience, and her engaging personality that was communicated and felt even virtually. Her flexibility in shifting from her prepared presentation, to engaging in a panel discussion and audience Q and A was appreciated and highlighted her skills as a speaker and subject matter expert. In this new, still evolving marketplace where virtual or hybrid presentations can be hit or miss, Ms. Kryst’s engaging presentation carried the day, and did so addressing sensitive topics in a manner that won plaudits from Fortune 500 CEOs to general counsels grappling with D&I issues on a daily basis."

<p><strong>Cheslie Kryst set herself apart from the competition during the Miss USA pageant when she delivered heartfelt and poignant answers to questions about #MeToo, #TimesUp, and becoming the first practicing attorney crowned Miss USA.</strong></p>

Cheslie Kryst set herself apart from the competition during the Miss USA pageant when she delivered heartfelt and poignant answers to questions about #MeToo, #TimesUp, and becoming the first practicing attorney crowned Miss USA.

Before becoming Miss USA, CHESLIE KRYST worked full-time as a civil litigation attorney and counsel, pro bono, for clients serving excessive time for low-level drug offenses. During her year as Miss USA, she’s leaned on her experience as a correspondent for Extra! speaking passionately about the issues of the time, from civil unrest to racial justice to coronavirus and the election, reminding us that Miss USA’s “role in society is to represent where we are and to continue pushing forward so that we have progress.” On Extra! Cheslie regularly interviews some of entertainment's biggest names, such as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Henry Golding, and Lizzo to name a few, and brings that same spirit and energy to events whether she’s moderating, hosting, or emceeing a meeting in-person or virtually. Few people can hold an audience with the grace, energy, and substance that Cheslie can. She is an inspiring and versatile speaker at in-person and virtual events, with groups raving, “Cheslie Kryst wowed the attendees with her intellect, poise, charm, and exceptional story-telling ability. She stole the show!” (Society of Human Resources Management) "Cheslie is a powerful, articulate, impassioned spokesperson for our global mission. Her ability to connect to her audience is second to none. Her genuine warmth and humanity, combined with a formidable intelligence and command of her subject leaves a lasting impression and impact." (Dress for Success Worldwide) "A powerful and knowledgeable speaker, Cheslie simultaneously inspires and educates audiences. As a lawyer, her diverse backround and range of experience give her a versatility that is hard to come by." (Cheri Beasley, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court)

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Biography

Cheslie Kryst is a complex civil litigation attorney licensed to practice law in North and South Carolina. Passionate about criminal justice reform, she has worked pro bono for clients serving excessive time for low-level drug offenses. Notably, she worked with Brittany Barnett of the Buried Alive Project to secure the release of Alfred Rivera—a client sentenced to life in prison for a low-level drug crime.
 
On May 2, 2019, Cheslie became the first practicing attorney to win the title of Miss USA. She represented the United States at the 2019 Miss Universe Competition, placing in the top ten of ninety countries. She was part of the historic group of five women whose wins marked the first time the reigning Miss Universe, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss World, and Miss America titleholders were all women of color.
 
In October 2019, Cheslie was named a correspondent for the nationally broadcast entertainment news show, Extra. She regularly interviews the world’s biggest names, including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Robin Roberts, Taraji P. Henson, Henry Golding, Zendaya, and Lizzo. In addition to her work with Extra, Cheslie currently serves as a Dress for Success Impact Ambassador and supports chapters across the country. She also serves on the National Board of Directors and the Co-Chair of the JEDI Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and runs a blog, White Collar Glam, for women’s fashion in the workplace. 
 
Cheslie earned both her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University, where she competed on the trial team that won the 2017 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy National Championship—the first national trial team win in Wake Forest’s history. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina and competed on the school’s Division I track and field team. She has the 10th-best triple jump mark in school history.
 
Cheslie has appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Ebro in the Morning, and Good Day New York. She has also been featured in Essence Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, O Magazine Online, Refinery29, and the New York Post, among others.