Retired Army Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch will speak to Everett School District staff Wednesday, Aug. 27 at an all-staff gathering at Comcast Arena.
Later in the day she will meet with high school student leaders and their parents at a barbeque and end the day with a 6:30 p.m. session for community members and all parents at the Everett Civic Auditorium, across from Everett High School.
Kickbusch’s speaks at hundreds of schools, colleges, corporations and government institutions in the United States and abroad.
Born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Kickbusch is 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,” according to a press release.
Now retired, Kickbusch served 20 years as a U.S. Army officer and became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army.