About Kathryn Childers

From Guns …
Raised in Colorado’s mountainous country, Kathryn was a natural athlete. Her father taught her to shoot cans off a post from 100 yards. She graduated from the University of Colorado and was one of the first five women hired by the United States Secret Service in 1970. Her assignments included protection of the Queen of Spain, Indira Gandhi, Imelda Marcos, and the Kennedy Protective Detail of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Kennedy. Kathryn worked several Presidential campaign details, was assigned to a special counterfeit task force in New York, and worked numerous undercover assignments in New York, Washington, and Miami. She often says the experience gave her the distinct privilege of being “a mouse in the pocket of history.”

To Gab …
In 1973, Kathryn left the Secret Service to marry Dr. Cecil A. Childers, a psychiatrist, and moved to Corpus Christi along Texas’ Gulf Coast. Shortly before the birth of her son, Kathryn began 18 years in broadcasting as a television producer, local morning talk show host, and host of ABC’s “Take Two,” celebrity interviews broadcast nationwide via satellite. They included conversations with Lucille Ball, Dolly Parton, and James Earl Jones to name a few. Kathryn estimates she has conducted more than 18,000 interviews to date. In 1991, Kathryn was elected to the ABC Network Marketing Board and served multiple terms.

To Giving From the Heart …

Throughout her career, Kathryn has remained dedicated to public service. She hosted the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon for Driscoll Children’s Hospital for a decade and is a founding member of “Clowns Who Care,” a charitable clown troupe. On any given week, you can find her alter ego, “Sassy the Sheriff,” bringing miles of smiles to the faces of young patients. In 1998, Kathryn and Cecil were honored as “Volunteers of the Year” by the Volunteer Center of the Coastal Bend, and Kathryn was also awarded the coveted American Institute for Public Service’s Jefferson Award for founding a breast cancer screening program. Corpus Christi’s “First Friday” program has provided free mammograms to more than 10,000 women in need.

To A Great, Big Texas-Sized Snow Storm…

Most recently, Kathryn founded RedCab Productions, a public relations and media production firm. RedCab’s publishing division produced and sold a series of popular coffee table books, a children’s book, and a commemorative CD, chronicling the first significant snowfall in South Texas in 100 years, an event that occurred on Christmas Eve 2004. As film, disposable cameras, and digital camera batteries flew off the shelves, it quickly became clear this would be one of the most-documented events in the area’s recent memory. Childers partnered with a Texas-based grocery chain, organized a photo contest, and was promptly flooded with entries and personal stories from people throughout the Coastal Bend.

The overwhelming success of the first volume of “Snow” in 2005 led to a companion book, “More Snow” in 2006 as well as “More Snow for Kids,” written by Kathryn’s son, Clark Childers, and illustrated by renowned ceramic artist William Wilhelmi. To date, more than 140,000 books are in print and have grossed more than half a million in sales.

Kathryn’s successful publishing endeavor landed her at the 2007 Texas Women’s Conference in Austin as a finalist in the “Make Mine a Million Dollar Business” program.  She was one of ten women business owners chosen from around the state to vie for the chance to take their businesses to the next level.  The program was funded by the non-profit Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence from American Express.

Today...
Kathryn speaks to organizations of all sizes all over the country sharing her personal mantra of “Do It Scared” crafted after years of embracing - and more importantly seizing - unique and unexpected opportunities.

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