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2008 Conference Highlights
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Keynote Speakers


Ltc. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (ret.)

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch overcame the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy to become a successful leadership role model for her community.Breaking barriers and setting records in the military, she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. Consuelo founded Educational Achievement Services Inc. to realize her personal dream and mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders today where her years of leadership experience, success techniques and motivational messages empower people of all ages in all environments. She produced the video entitled Porque No—Why Not? that provides practical techniques to leave the barrio, develop self-esteem and achieve personal success. Her book, Journey to the Future, provides young people with a framework for early leadership development. She also consults extensively with corporations and government agencies to develop the leader­ship and peak performance of its employees.In 2002, Hispanic Magazine in conjunction with the U.S. Army bestowed the Latina Leadership Excellence Award for Consuelo’s many accomplishments. The National Association of Women Business Owners bestowed their Entrepreneurial Spirit Award recognizing Consuelo’s mentoring spirit.Hispanic Business Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America in 2005.She was NHLI’s 2005 National Mujer awardee. Her website is

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez

Congresswoman Sánchez has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representative since 2003, when she joined her older sister Loretta, making them the only sisters to ever serve in Congress. She earned her BA in Spanish at the University of California in Berkley and her JD at University of California, Los Angeles, where she was an editor of the Chicano-Latino Law Review. She was an attorney specializing in labor law prior to her public service career. She is the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, a member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and a member of the U.S. House Committee on International Relations. In 2005, she was appointed Assistant Minority Whip. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus. Stephen Colbert interviewed Congresswoman Sánchez for his series, "Better Know a District, on The Colbert Report in 2006. Congresswoman Sánchez delivered the Spanish version of the Democratic Radio Address on May 6, 2006 and in September 2006, Linda won the title “Funniest Celebrity in Washington.” Her website is

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez

Congresswoman Sánchez has been a Democratic member of the United State House of Representatives since 1997. Previously a Republican, Sánchez changed parties in 1996, feeling that the Republican Party had lost touch with its constituency. She is the second-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee and is a member of the Armed Services Committee. Congresswoman Sánchez is perhaps most known for her controversial 2007 withdrawal from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, alleging that the caucus Chairman treated female members with disrespect. Their very public fight was covered thoroughly in the media, including being parodied on The Colbert Report. Her website is

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