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Army veteran, author to deliver Women in Government lecture

November 09, 2006 12:00AM

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Army veteran and author Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch will be the speaker for Pittsburg State University's Profiles of Women in Government lecture series on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Kickbusch will talk about /Living Our Legacy" at noon in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in the Overman Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Kickbusch will pose the questions, "What if you were living your legacy now? What if your vision for the future was part of everything you do today?" In this presentation, Kickbusch challenges participants to become living legends in their personal and professional lives.

In 1996, Kickbusch concluded a distinguished 20-career in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of Lt. Col. Her military career was marked by a series of firsts. When she earned her ROTC commission, she was the first woman commissioned as an ROTC officer in the state of Texas. Later in her career, Kickbusch was the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the combat support field in the U.S. Army.

Born and raised in a tiny barrio in Laredo, Texas, Kickbusch overcame challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. That experience was one of the motivating factors for Kickbusch to found Educational Achievement Services, Inc., (EAS) upon her retirement from the Army. As part of EAS, Kickbusch created the Family Leadership Institute, which is a comprehensive program dedicated to helping immigrant Hispanic families participate in their children's education.

In the past decade, Kickbusch has worked with children, parents and educators in some of America's roughest neighborhoods in 43 states. In addition to her work with youth, Kickbusch consults extensively with corporations and government agencies to develop leadership among and improve the performance of their employees. Her clients include Avon, IBM, Verizon, Kansas Power and Light, the U.S. Postal Service and NASA.

The Profiles of Women in Government Lecture Series is presented by Pittsburg State University and the PSU Foundation, Inc., through the generous support of the Helen S. Boylan Foundation.

For more information, please contact the Office of University Communication at 620-235-4122.

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