As one of the first five female agents to join the U.S. Secret Service, speaker Kathryn Childers shares how she excelled in her career and the steps she took in doing so. She speaks about how being afraid can bring liberation and growth for self-improvement and empowerment. She also demonstrates that when you allow fear into your life, how can it double back as growth if you let it. Speaker Kathryn provides direct hands-on insight into the Secret Service life as she intertwines her story throughout her keynotes.
Why you should book speaker Kathryn Childers
- She is a trailblazer. Speaker Kathryn Childers is one of the first female agents in the U.S. Secret Service. She shares her journey in a male-dominated field and her success with such an arduous career.
- She embraces fear as a catalyst for change. Kathryn demonstrates how to seize opportunities through the darkness of your fears. She opens up conversations around how to tune into those fears and allow them to uplift you through your life journey.
- She provides insight through her experience as a secret service agent. Kathryn shares her riveting stories during her time as a federal agent; using her understanding, she shares the similarities in the Secret Service world as it applies in real-life scenarios.
“Use your fear as an action, not an excuse. If you do it scared, imagine what your life could be no matter what life dares you to do; do it scared.” – speaker Kathryn Childers
In the late 60’s, speaker Kathryn Childers was expected to be a teacher, find a husband, and quietly settle down. Instead, Kathryn took off to Washington D.C., and started a secretarial job with a Colorado Congressman. Not her dream job, but by great chance in 1970, the United States Secret Service decided to recruit female special agents, and Kathryn was hired as one the first five women in their history to carry the badge and a .357 magnum revolver.
Proceeding through uncharted waters with an aim and a sense of humor, Kathryn protected Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr. while traveling with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the First Family – the Nixon’s, and foreign dignitaries such as the Queen of Spain. On the flip side, she also worked undercover to ferret out threats against the President and counterfeiters.
Her marriage to a Corpus Christi psychiatrist brought her to Texas. Kathryn hosted her television talk show for 18 years and started a media/publishing company that published and sold more than 100,000 books based on a fluke Christmas Eve Texas snowstorm.
Kathryn credits the Secret Service for jump-starting her fascinating life, and perhaps it was her willingness to step into the line of fire that set the stage for a lifetime commitment to community service. Kathryn initiated First Friday, a group that has funded more than 16,000 free mammograms. In her spare time, Kathryn dons elaborate clown garb to cheer up youngsters at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. No surprise, she is “Sassy the Sheriff” complete with boots, spurs, and a big red nose!
As she retires to Rockport, she and her husband loaded up their two cocker spaniels and hit the road in their 25-foot Airstream trailer, seeing America by day and writing her book “Do It Scared” by night.
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