LTC Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch shares her personal story of challenges and
triumphs as a child of the “barrio” who succeeded in spite of many cultural, social
and educational obstacles. She examines how appreciating diverse cultures and
their contributions to today’s society is a very important element of teambuilding
and creating a successful, productive work environment.
Introduction | Be a Part of the Change | Fears and Myths of Diversity | False
Beliefs | Having the Tough Conversation | Classroom Magic | School-Wide
Magic | Closing Thoughts | BONUS
Born and raised in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, LTC (Retired) had to overcome poverty, discrimination and a legacy of illiteracy. After graduating from college, she entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades – breaking barriers to become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in Combat Support. Lieutenant Colonel Castillo Kickbusch retired to fulfill her mother’s dying wish that she return to her roots. In realizing that dream, she founded Educational Achievement Services with the mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders. Consuelo has been interviewed in Soledad O’Brian’s Living Latino in America and featured in HBO’s The Latino List.