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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 military/public safety/government groups that Lee has worked with in the past –

  • US Air Force Academy – Colorado
  • West Point Military Academy – New York
  • The Pentagon – Washington DC
  • 31st FW Aviano, Italy

View the entire list.


Sample Video Clip

Featured Article

The brotherhood shared by those who wear and have worn the uniform of our armed forces have a bond–something in common that draws them together. In this article, “Natural Behavior in the Crucible of POW Life”, Lee shares his unique insight as a Vietnam POW and how natural behavior played a part in how the POWs worked together to return with honor.

Please read this article.

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.

View his full-length biography.

Military/Public Safety/Government Survey Results

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


“Col Ellis’ engagement with our team exceeded even our high expectations. His personal story of courage and resiliency was engaging and inspirational. Moreover, Col Ellis brings our proud USAF heritage to light and his stories help pass the torch from one generation of Airmen to the next.  I would love to have Col Ellis back again!”

       – Col Joe Campo USAF, 49th Wing Commander, Holloman AFB, NM

“Col. Lee Ellis spoke to our board of directors and guests.  He was right on target for the audience, and there were long lines to buy his book afterwards.  He did an excellent job, and we highly recommend him.”

        – Dan Wheeler, National Adjutant, American Legion

“As an event coordinator for the National Guard, my biggest fear is hiring a keynote speaker who doesn’t relate to or hold the attention of my audience. In working with Col Ellis, this fear is tenuous at best and subsides just a few words into any of his presentations. As Col Ellis teaches, he allows the audience sagacious glimpses into his life as a prisoner of war. In what could be just another hour of veteran “been there, done that” stories, Col Ellis erupts like an oil mine gracefully spewing his insightful leadership prowess. If I could invite every Airmen to absorb Col Ellis’ instruction, I would.”

       – Amy Laree Schmid, Oregon Air National Guard, Contractor, Yellow Ribbon Program Event Coordinator, Military Personnel Services Corporation

“Thank you for speaking to the recent Georgia Association Police Chiefs conference. I have read and heard many speakers on the topic of leadership. While many have given me tools to use, not many have struck me personally as you did. Your message made me reflect even deeper than normal, and I hope to become a better leader because of that. Thank you for sharing your experiences and the lessons learned.”

      – Thomas N. Culpepper, Chief of Police, Cartersville GA Police Department

“Everyone here was extremely impressed with Col Ellis and several stated that it was by far the best speaker that we have had on campus since we started the [Character Development] program!”

       – LTC Anthony E. Fritchle, Executive Assistant to the President & Director for Planning, Riverside Military Academy 

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