Kathryn Clark Childers made history as one of the first five female US Secret Service agents hired in 1970. Kathryn joined 1,100 men in the elite 105-year-old agency where she shot holes in the “glass ceiling” of this man’s world investigating counterfeit, working undercover, and protecting the President and world leaders.

Fondly called the “pistol packin’ nanny,” she was charged with protecting the Kennedy children – Caroline and John Jr. – while traveling with Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Sought after on the national speaking circuit, Kathryn brings the perfect balance of a one-of-a-kind experience blended with story-telling charm and an entertaining performance.

From harrowing to glamorous, she takes you on a jaw-dropping ride-along sharing anecdotes of training and protecting some the world’s most important people. Men in the audience particularly enjoy hearing about training to take out assassins with her thumbs or her .357 Magnum Service Revolver!

Why book Kathryn?

Your clients will enjoy Kathryn’s grit and ingenuity navigating uncharted waters from the White House and bad streets of New York to the Island of Skorpios and mountains of Austria. As a pioneer in law enforcement and the women’s movement, she blazed the trail for hundreds of female agents to come. Kathryn shares how she faced the challenges of maneuvering in a man’s world that are just as relative today as they were then.

With a mix of strength, good humor and a deadeye aim, Kathryn made it into the history books. Did it scare her? Of course, it did. But she did it anyway.

Kathryn will not only entertain your group with her astonishing story, but inspire the audience to action. She shares the secret of her success coaching all ages to grasp her personal mantra – “do it scared!” – and make it their own. By doing so, they are empowered to take the courageous first step … facing challenges creating a more interesting life.

After 18 years in live television, Kathryn’s delivery is polished and professional. She loves speaking and it shows! Rarely does Kathryn leave her audiences in their seats. More often than not, she gets a standing ovation!

“Agent Clark… you live such an interesting life.”

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1971
What People Are Saying

“We received so many positive comments about your speech, your sense of humor and your candor about life. Your unique talent is truly the culmination of a lifetime of practicing what you preach – “Doing it Scared!”


Executive Director, Women's Fund of Door County – Sturgeon, Wisconsin

“We are so grateful to you for sharing your lifetime of adventure, danger, accomplishment and great fun.”


Executive Director, Leadership America – Washington D.C.

“I was so impressed and amused all at the same time. You are truly an inspiration to young entrepreneurs. Us old guys are sometimes hard to inspire, but I think you did it – even to us.”


President, AR Systems, Inc. - Phoenix, Arizona


Scared Fearless

An Unlikely Agent in the US Secret Service

By Kathryn Clark Childers

One of the US Secret Service’s first five female Special Agents shares her life’s simple, but powerful message crafted after many years of fascinating choices and reinvention. Published by Texas A&M University Press.

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