Crystal Ashby

Leader of Sustainable Change
"Ignorance is a choice."


Crystal E. Ashby is Interim President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for Black CEOs, board directors, and the most senior Black executives at Fortune 1000, Global 500 and equivalent companies. She is the first woman President and CEO of the organization and leads its efforts to increase the number of global Black executives in C-Suites and on corporate boards, and to grow the pipeline of the next generation of Blacks in business. 

Crystal is an accomplished senior executive, board member and lawyer with more than 34 years of leadership success, significantly in the energy sector. Her corporate leadership experience was gained over a twenty-two-year career with BP where her roles spanned government and external affairs, law, compliance and ethics, university relations and retail.

Crystal is an Independent Director of Texas Reliability Entity, Inc. (Texas RE) where she is Chair of the Director Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit, Governance & Finance and Hearing Body Committees. She also sits on the University of Michigan College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board. She was recently Vice Chair of The ELC Board and served on the National Boards of Genesys Works, the Holocaust Museum Houston and Women Business Collaborative. 

Crystal’s honors and recognitions include Diversity Global 2020 Top 10 Influential Women in Diversity, 2015 Texas General Counsel Forum Women’s Caucus Luncheon Keynote Speaker, 2014 University of Michigan College of Engineering Spring Commencement Address, 2014 Uptown Professional Top 100 Executives in America, 2014 National Diversity Council Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas, 2014 Oil-Gas Diversity Council Influential Women Leaders, 2013 Congressional Uplift Award Certificate of Congressional Recognition and 2012 Houston Woman Magazine 50 Most Influential Women.


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