Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is a renowned, charismatic, passionate and influential speaker with a mission to empower the next generation of leaders. Throughout her career, Consuelo has shared her personal knowledge on becoming an effective leader in today’s global marketplace with hundreds of schools, colleges, universities, corporations, and government institutions both in the U.S. and abroad.
Born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, Consuelo was taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values and faith.
The values Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch learned as a child were reinforced throughout her career in the United States military.
After graduating from Hardin Simmons University, Consuelo entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades. During that time, she broke barriers and set records in the military where she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army.
When the opportunity arose to assume a command post, Consuelo shocked the military by deciding to retire. She chose to honor her mother’s dying wish – for her to return to her roots and become a community leader. In 1996, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch founded the human development company, Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS, Inc.), to fulfill her mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch’s dedication to the youth of America has garnered her numerous awards and citations from educational institutions, government agencies, professional organizations, and the national media.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch currently shares her story with people of all ages and creeds. She is doing exactly what she preaches – living a legacy. Her strong dedication to saving the youth of America (including those living under similar circumstances as she did during her childhood) has led Consuelo to work with over one million children and their parents across the United States.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch inspires and challenges the participants to become living legends in their personal and professional lives. Using a humorous, heart-warming style, she encourages leaders to be authentic, passionate, ethical and to lead with the soul.
As a leadership speaker who brings powerful messages, a dynamic presenting style, and a passion for inspiring future generations, Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch delivers a thought-provoking speech. She often says, “Leadership is not about you. Leadership is about serving.”
This keynote focuses on reflecting on ones traditions and values of times past and their importance in our development and growth today.
This keynote provides participants with the different dimensions of diversity in today’s environment. Learning to accommodate cultural differences is important for managers and employees in order to be successful in the work environment.
“Her story is inspiring, and she leaves the audience feeling like they need to do more with their lives.The advice she gives is practical and piercing.”
“Very heartfelt. She connects with people very well.”
“Colonel Kickbusch was amazing and I just wish we could have had her in Cheyenne longer. She exceeded our expectations. Everyone loved her… I can’t say enough about Consuelo. She got to our hearts and our audience was able to relate to her message. Thank you.”
“Everything was AWESOME. Consuelo has to be the nicest person I’ve ever met in my life…I hope that our paths cross again!”
“Mrs. Kickbusch was very well received, she was truly fantastic.”
“I would highly recommend Consuelo to any organization, she is a compassionate, caring loving individual. She talks with people and makes the event so meaningful to all who are there.”
“Consuelo really relates to her audience. She is passionate, caring and sincere in all aspects of her presentation.”