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Lee Ellis, CSP*

Nationally-Recognized Leadership Coach, Award-Winning Author, Certified Speaking Professional, & Colonel USAF (Ret)

Industry Experience

Here are just a few of the following HR/Search Consulting groups that Lee has worked with in the past –

  • Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC)
  • Dasein Executive Search
  • Epsen Fuller Executive Search
  • InSight Sourcing Group
  • Jackson Healthcare Staffing
  • Leadership Behavior DNA™ Certification Training
  • Paraclete Partners
  • Talent Connections LLC
  • The Association of Consulting Foresters of America
  • Leadership Behavior DNA™ Certification Training


Sample Video Clip

Speaking Fees

Lee’s virtual presentation fees range from $5,500-10,000, his on-site presentation fees range from $10,000-20,000 (inquire about adjusted rates for military, government and first-responders). In addition to determining Lee’s availability for your event date, we will also evaluate the purpose and scope of your event.

Biographical Information 

Lee Ellis is Founder and President of Leading with Honor® and FreedomStar Media®. He is an award-winning author, leadership coach, and expert presenter in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors.

For his wartime service in Vietnam, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal. Lee resumed his Air Force career, serving in command of a flying squadron and leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel.

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. He has authored or co-authored six books on leadership and career development.

Lee and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta GA area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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Event Survey Results

Please download and review some audience survey results from a past event.


“Lee recently spoke to a group of 150 senior business leaders and was terrific in relating his experiences in facing adversity and stress as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to the challenges facing leaders today across virtually all industries and sectors. Through his own experience, he encourages others to ‘Lead with Honor’, and have courage to do the right thing–a rare commodity these days! Having invited Lee to present to a number of different groups and in a variety of situations, both large venues and smaller more intimate settings, I can attest his presentation is always masterful, poignant, and leaves a permanent and very positive impression on attendees.”

       – Thomas J Fuller, Managing Partner – Epsen Fuller Group

“Col. Ellis inspires others to elevate and demonstrate leadership under all circumstances through his personal story of courage and honor as a POW in the Vietnam war. His engaging speaking ability, exemplary leadership experience and lessons detailed in his book, Leading with Honor, are inspirational and impactful.”

        – Tom Beaty, President and CEO, InSight Sourcing Group

“One of the primary objectives of a presenter is to make the event organizer look good. This you did with spades yesterday. I have received numerous thanks and expressions of appreciation for inviting you as a speaker. You have added positive value to the reputation of our organization, and your message is an excellent melding of actual events and principles that can be applied to leading a business. An organizational psychologist friend of mine is fond of the expression, ‘There are theories of action and there are theories in action.’ Your presentation was about leadership in action, courage in action, honor in action; lessons today’s executives can apply it to their everyday leadership. You spoke from the heart with knowledge and conviction. You were superb.”

       – Dan Davies, Executive Director, National Association of Chief Executive Officers

“I hired Col. Lee Ellis to speak on Leadership at a couple conferences as his story of being a P.O.W during the Vietnam War has lessons for all.  Through his experience we learn how to adapt, survive, persevere and have courage in the face of adversity.  Col. Lee’s story inspired attendees and equipped them with a new paradigm on dealing with challenges. I highly recommend Col. Ellis as a speaker for your corporate and government clients. He is a true American Hero that I feel fortunate to have crossed paths with.”

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