Christal E. Watson

kerwinChristal E. Watson is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce (KBCC, Inc.).  A job tailor made for her outgoing personality, her primary role for the past seven years is to collaborate with community and business resources to ensure service initiatives for minorities, women and disadvantaged business owners are implemented at their highest level of support.

Hard work and dedication is no stranger to this dynamo.  Christal has provided leadership in management roles with companies such as Sprint, United Way, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and Truman Medical Centers; contributing skills to business process improvement, resource development and human resource management.  Her current role as CEO engages members, stakeholders, community leaders and business owners across the state in public and private sectors, to explore and cultivate opportunities for economic growth.

What distinguishes her from others in her field is her passion and determination to succeed.  In fact, the highly prestigious Ingram’s Magazine agreed.  Christal was honored in a recognition by Ingram’s in its selection of "50 Kansans You Should Know."  Each year they spotlight the finest talent in the region recognizing professional achievements. This special acknowledgement appeared in the March, 2014 issue and Christal was one of only four African Americans who were selected.  In addition, she was also among the select to be recognized in the first published inaugural edition and the 2014 recently published “Who’s Who in Black Kansas City,” celebrating African-American leaders and their achievements.