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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 along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Kickbusch is all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, she learned through valuable lessons taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values, and faith.

The values she learned as a child were reinforced throughout her career in the U.S. 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 to assume a command post arose in 1996, LTC Castillo Kickbusch chose to retire from the Army to honor her mother's dying wish for Consuelo to return to her roots and become a community leader.
Because of her strong dedication to saving the youth of America living under similar circumstances as she did as a child, Consuelo has worked with more than one million children, their parents and educators, in the roughest neighborhoods in America, covering 43 states. She inspires these young "diamonds in the rough" by encouraging them to believe that they can all make their dreams come true—to not give up hope, but rather to take charge of their lives and make a real difference in their families and communities by following a disciplined road map to success.
Consuelo’s dedication to the youth of America has garnered her numerous awards and citations from educational institutions, government agencies, professional organizations, as well as the national media. In 2005 she was honored with the prestigious National Mujer Award by the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). Also in 2005, Consuelo received the Society of Our Wise Women Award from Bennett College and has been appointed to their Board of Trustees. In the national media, Consuelo Kickbusch has been profiled on the Lifetime Network, National Public Radio, O Magazine, the syndicated television program “Hispanics Today,” Hispanic Business magazine's “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America,” LatinaStyle, Vanidades, and Glamour.  In “Success Secrets of Women Who Refuse to Run with the Herd," Fawn Germer lists Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch among other women “who've got the brains, the guts, and the drive to change the world....”

In addition to her work with American youth, Consuelo consults and serves as a featured motivational speaker with corporations and government agencies to develop the leadership and peak performance of their employees. Her clients include 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.