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Our Story

This all started when we, Amanda and Crystal, worked together to build an all-encompassing global talent acquisition function that ultimately saved the company $27 million in just three years. 

At L21 Solutions, LLC, we are passionate about making a difference in the way employers hire great talent. We’ve met many employers who feel stuck when recruiting—from frustration with job postings not bringing in quality applicants, to feeling overwhelmed in how to tackle a technology implementation. We realized this is where we can offer our unique talents to help other businesses excel not just in recruiting, but talent acquisition as a whole.

You may be wondering what our name means. L stands for Liberated. We want to liberate businesses from the traditional and outdated ways of talent acquisition and bring in innovative and progressive strategies. We also wanted to include the acronym for Talent Acquisition (TA) in our name, with T being the 20th letter and A being the 1st letter of the alphabet. Putting all that together, Liberated Talent Acquisition Solutions is at the heart of our business.

At L21 Solutions, we believe in building authentic relationships with our clients, understanding their business culture and goals, and working together to create customized solutions that align with their vision.

Our passion and dedication to excellence are the driving forces behind L21 Solutions, and we are excited to help businesses revolutionize the way they approach talent acquisition.

Contact us today to learn more.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

With over three decades of combined experience, we’ve grown our careers in a variety of industries.  Get to know the team behind L21 Solutions!

Crystal Kardys

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

For the last eighteen years, I’ve worked in talent acquisition (TA).  My experience spans the staffing, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), higher education, and corporate defense industries.  I’m a recruiter by heart and have built a career working with small to large Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 organizations to implement and expand their talent acquisition functions across the globe.  Some of my favorite projects include TA operations, university recruitment, global referral programs, and implementing Talent Acquisition/Talent Management software like WorkDay, iCIMS, Taleo, UKG, Paycor, and SuccessFactors, Avature.  My real passion is developing professionals’ recruitment skill sets.  There’s nothing better than watching someone you taught succeed! Two things I am incredibly proud of are being named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and being a founding member of the Fortune 500 Employer Brand report-- which can be read on my LinkedIn profile. I hold a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration concentrating on Human Resources and Marketing.

When I’m not having fun at L21 Solutions, I spend my time with my two daughters, husband, and our dog.  

I look forward to partnering with you,

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Amanda Loucks

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

My experience stretches across multiple industries including defense, higher education, banking, retail, and hospitality. Over the last two decades, these positions allowed me to develop skills in data analytics management, global technology training and implementation, policy and procedure development, and program/project management. By far the project I’m most proud of is building out a global talent acquisition operations function over 5 years. This included composing the business case, recruiting for the best talent, building training programs, and most importantly, driving efficiency in the TA function, which ultimately saved millions of dollars.  I have implemented several technologies including Paycor, Avature, and Workday, and is a certified Actualized Performance Cycle, DISC, and Motivators practitioner. My goal is to engage my passion, expertise, and creativity to help businesses thrive. I have a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Nazareth University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from The University of Tampa.  

On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, and our dogs, gardening, DIY home projects, and visiting new places.  

I look forward to partnering with you,

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Mission, Vision, & Values


Empower businesses with innovative and collaborative talent acquisition strategies that elevate their success. We aim to achieve this by tailoring customized solutions to meet the unique needs, goals, and culture of our clients.


Revolutionize the way companies approach talent acquisition by providing them with access to cutting-edge tools, expert guidance, and data-driven insights. We envision a world where every organization has access to the best talent and is equipped to attract, hire, and retain top performers.



We keep freedom (liberation) and independence top of mind in every decision we make and client we support.


We empower companies to take ownership over process changes. Internally, we build a culture of empowerment and trust.


We are forward-thinking, and strive to continuously improve. We remain curious and ask questions.


We listen to understand another person’s perspective.  We challenge ourselves and clients to think differently, and look at a challenge from another angle. 


Decision making is intentional and well thought-out, no matter who the idea/decision comes from.  We understand the “why” behind the asks, challenges, and solutions.

Professional Memberships

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