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Author, veteran and youth activist Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch has been announced as the keynote speaker at Sacramento Commencement on Sunday, April 27.
Born along the U.S.-Mexican border in Laredo, Texas, Ms. Kickbusch came from humble roots as the daughter of immigrant parents. She overcame numerous disadvantages to graduate from college, and enjoyed a distinguished 22-year military career.
As a soldier, Ms. Kickbusch broke barriers and set records to become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. When the opportunity arose to assume a command post, Ms. Kickbusch surprised many by deciding to retire.
She declined a higher rank and pay raise in order to honor her mother’s dying wish: to return to her roots and become a community leader. In 1996, she founded the human development company, Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS, Inc.), to fulfill her mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders.
Her dedication to the youth of America has garnered Ms. Kickbusch numerous awards and citations from educational institutions, government agencies, professional organizations, and the national media. She has been profiled on CNN’s Latino in America, Univision’s Don Francisco Presenta, the Lifetime Network, National Public Radio, the syndicated television program Hispanics Today, and American Latino Television’s Latination program. Today’s speaker also been featured in Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America, O Magazine, LatinaStyle, Vanidades, and Glamour magazine.
Ms. Kickbusch has produced two videos titled, ¿Por Que No – Why Not? and Journey to the Future. She also produced two audio CD’s titled, Shared Leadership and Mensaje a Mi Gente (Message to My People); and has additionally published a book titled, Journey to the Future: A Roadmap for Success for Youth, providing practical techniques for children to develop higher self-esteem and achieve personal goals while establishing a framework for early leadership development.
Among the numerous high-profile company’s on Ms. Kickbusch’s client list are: Wal-Mart, State Farm Insurance, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Costco, Sodexho, Dell, Boeing, Nordstrom’s, Lockheed-Martin, National Association of Women in Law Enforcement, the National Football League, Avon, IBM, Verizon, the Cities of Dallas and San Antonio, National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), U.S. Postal Service, U.S Drug Enforcement Agency, National Association of Hispanic Realtors, Department of Education, and NASA-Ames Research.
Today Ms. Kickbusch serves as an author, youth activist and motivational speaker.She is a mother to five daughters, a grandmother to 3, and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband, David.