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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 nonprofit groups that Lee has worked with in the past –

  • The Assembly Church
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Brookfield High School, Milwaukee WI (students and faculty)
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Chris Fabry Live
  • Christian Leadership Alliance
  • Christian Financial Concepts (Crown Financial Ministries)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
  • Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI)
  • Flat Creek Baptist Church – Georgia
  • Forsyth County Retired Educators Association, Cumming GA
  • InTouch Ministries – Dr. Charles Stanley
  • Johnson Ferry Baptist Church – Marietta GA
  • Missional Church Singapore
  • National Christian Foundation
  • The University of Georgia Library Foundation (multiple events)
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
  • The Wellspring Group
  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
  • Entrepreneurs Organization (EO)
  • Youth Villages Inc.
  • South Cobb Business Association
  • Southeastern Tourism
  • The Assembly at Warner Robbins
  • Treasury Executive Institute
  • Riverstone Church
  • The Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Numerous Civic Organizations

Sample Presentation Clip

Keynote Topics

  1. Leading with Honor® (based on his award-winning book about his POW experience)
  2. Engage with Honor™ (based on his award-winning book about the Courageous Accountability Model)
  3. Leadership Engagement: Initiate, Collaborate, Negotiate, and Celebrate
  4. Trust: The Foundation for All Relationships and the Glue for Successful Teams
  5. The Three Fundamentals of Successful Leadership – Character, Courage, and Commitment
  6. Becoming a Balanced Leader (Mission and People, Confidence and Humility, Visionary and Practical, Bold and Cautious)
  7. Understand Human Behavior for Self and Others (Talents, Strengths and Struggles)


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 four books on leadership and career development.

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

View his full-length biography.


Endorsements (View all endorsements)

“The highlight of our most recent Board Retreat was having Lee as our keynote speaker and session facilitator. His presence was captivating and timely; our entire retreat focus was on leadership, a topic that Lee is well versed in. We appreciate how he poured out his knowledge and wisdom into our attendees, making each person feel proud of the strengths and abilities that that possess.”
       – Megan Martin, Vice President of Marketing & Development, North Georgia Community Foundation

“As a graduate of The University of Georgia, Lee Ellis fully encompasses the University’s motto: ‘To Teach, To Serve, To Inquire into the Nature of Things.’ By drawing from his personal experiences, Lee is able to develop a successful model of character building that is beneficial to any company, organization, or institution. If you are looking for a captivating and enriching seminar, we give Lee Ellis our highest recommendation!”

        – Chantel Dunham, Director of Development, UGA Libraries, UGA Press, and The Georgia Review, University of Georgia

“The conference participants were blessed by your breakout lecture on ‘How to Win’ every time with an emphasis on engaging a team rather than withdrawing or dominating. As a plenary speaker, you communicated the importance of knowing oneself and guarding your character to live authentically. I would highly recommend you for future conferences.”

– Terence Chatmon, Former President & CEO, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI)

“Lee Ellis’ matter-of-fact and sometimes humorous style provided clear examples and illustrations in the lessons of honor as a basis for making major corporate decisions. Across the board, attendees expressed their appreciation of the very personal and meaningful lessons Lee shared with the group.”

– Mackie Horton, President, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Atlanta Alumni Club                                   


Speaking Fees

Lee’s virtual presentation fees range from $5,500-10,000, his on-site presentation fees range from $15,000-20,000 (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.


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