Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, the 2006 Hispanic Heritage Award Honoree for Leadership, overcame poverty, discrimination and illiteracy to become a successful role model of leadership. She has moved communities forward through her tireless work with disenfranchised Hispanics using uniquely holistic approaches that dynamically connect parents, students, educators and community leaders.
While in the military, LTC 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. LTC Kickbusch respectfully declined the honor and retired as a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army to fulfill her personal mission of inspiring and preparing Hispanic families to empowerment. In 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.
LTC (Ret.) Kickbusch carries her powerful message of leadership and community service nationally as an inspirational speaker to America’s youth, corporations and government agencies.