Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is a renowned charismatic, passionate and influential speaker who carries her powerful message of what it takes to be an effective leader in today's global marketplace to hundreds of schools, colleges/universities, corporations, and government institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad. For the last ten years Consuelo has dedicated her life to empowering a new generation of Hispanic leaders and has worked with over one million children and their parents across the United States through Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS), a company she founded in 1994.
Born and raised in a tiny barrio in Laredo, Tex., Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch overcame poverty, discrimination and illiteracy to become a successful role model of leadership through her tireless work with the disenfranchised Latinos through uniquely holistic approaches which dynamically connect parents, students, educators and community leaders to move the community forward.
While in the military, Ms. Kickbusch broke records and glass ceilings to become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. In 1996, she was selected out of 26,000 candidates to assume a command post, which would put her on track for the rank of general officer. Ms. Kickbusch respectfully declined the honor and retired as a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army to fulfill a personal mission of inspiring and preparing Latino families to empowerment.
Realizing her dream, she founded Educational Achievement Services, Inc., which features the Family Leadership Institute, and established the organization’s mission of “Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today!” The Institute helps parents take part in their children’s education so their children stay in school and pursue advanced degrees. To date Ms. Kickbusch as worked with over 1 million students and 5,000 parents nationwide and has graduated more than 2,000 families from her Family Leadership Institute in five states.
To date Ms. Kickbusch has won numerous awards and has been featured in numerous English and Hispanic media nationwide. Recently she was awarded the American University Women of Distinction Award, the City Public Service Amazing Energy Award for community leadership, Vista Magazine Education Award, and the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award for leadership. She is also on the board of trustees for Bennett College. Notably, Ms. Kickbusch was one of six Latinos recognized for their work in the community and was invited to the White House to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with President Bush.
As a motivational speaker, Ms. Kickbusch inspires Fortune 500 CEOs as well as educators, children and their parents. Her book, Journey to the Future: A Roadmap for Success for Youth, offers children practical techniques to increase their self-esteem and a framework for early leadership development. As an in-demand motivational speaker and community leader she continues to carry her powerful messages of servant leadership, community service, self-empowerment, parental engagement, and the importance of educational excellence to communities around the nation. Ms. Kickbusch’s powerful and passionate messages about the importance of diversity, effective leadership, and taking charge to overcome challenges in our communities resonates with all audiences.