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“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

“Lee’s presentation was unique, inspiring, and humbling all at the same time and his message connected with our team in a very meaningful way.”

      – Dave Cyr, CEO Parrish Construction Group

“UGA students at Terry College’s Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) are used to hearing from alumni about leadership, but it’s not every day the alumnus is a POW, and the lessons learned come from being a POW in a Hanoi prison cell for five years. Colonel Lee Ellis (Ret) talked with ILA students about the importance of staying positive and connected with your team, no matter the situation. ‘We are all going to suffer, but courage is the backbone of leadership,’ explained Col. Ellis. It was an incredible experience for our students to hear Ellis’ inspiring journey, a reminder that authentic leadership transcends time and circumstance.”

      – Stacy M. Campbell, Ph.D., Synovus Director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement, Terry College of Business – University of Georgia

“The Museum of Aviation recently had the privilege to hear Col (ret) Leon ‘Lee’ Ellis speak in an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Operation Homecoming. Lee is relatable and genuinely connects with his audience in a way that seems effortless. His love for people is admirable, his delivery is thought provoking, and when he speaks, you will be positively impacted. Our event was a memorable and inspiring experience because of Lee’s compelling accounts. It was an honor to have Lee share his experiences and will forever be a highlight.”

       – Karen Ross, Events Coordinator, Museum of Aviation Foundation

“Col Ellis’ story and prospective on leadership is fantastic! The way he ties his POW experience and the principles of leadership together is remarkable. Our discussions on courage, collaboration and communication were ‘spot on’ and specifically tailored to our organization.”

       – Craig Colby, Civ/DAF, Instructor Supervisor, 19th AF Maintenance Training Center (MTC) JBSA-Randolph, Tx

“City and County Managers can be a tough crowd for a speaker. Colonel Ellis was one of the best speakers in the history of the Georgia City County Management Association! Those in attendance gave him a standing ovation for his heartfelt remarks. He is an extraordinary individual that shared personal examples of leadership principles that he learned through extremely difficult challenges. His personal examples captivated both audiences and individuals left with an understanding of new leadership principles.”

      – Alan M. Ours, County Manager, Lumpkin County, Georgia

“Lee’s keynote address to the Senior Leader Orientation Course was highly applicable to the latest cadre of one-star General Officers and Tier I Senior Executive Service Members, and was extremely well received by both the members and their spouses. Some of the feedback received indicates the level of appreciation towards his amazing service to his country, and the critical message he conveys during his presentation:

It was an honor to hear Lee Ellis speak. His lessons and examples of leadership were applicable for professional and personal issues.  Leading is hard. Leading in crisis can be even harder’

Col Ellis’ sharing of his experiences was extremely valuable.  He personally inspired me to be the best version of myself and to understand that despite difficult circumstances, I can hold the line with honor and integrity.’

This was a phenomenal presentation.  It motivated me to continue to serve to ensure the legacy of Col Ellis and his era of airmen are honored every day. I also enjoyed the emphasis he placed on the contributions of wives and mothers to the ability of our POWs to return with honor!!’

As a spouse, I found it a very entertaining, informative, and useful not only in the command world but also personally.’

      – James J. Learmoney CBE, BG GBR(A) (ret), Force Development Manager and Curriculum Developer, Flatter, Inc.

“Lee was not only extremely inspiring, but he took the time to intentionally connect with his listeners, engage, and present in such a way that each person in the audience felt like they were taking a journey with him. He was kind, personable, and wonderful to work with! It was an absolute pleasure having him. He was one of the best presenters and speakers we have ever witnessed.”

      – Abigail Moore, Director of Activities at Presbyterian Village Athens

“Lee’s presentation was excellent! I was particularly happy to see so many of our younger members’ reaction. Many of them had no idea what our POWs went through. As one of our members told me after the presentation, ‘Many tears fell as Col. Ellis ended his presentation.’”

      – Gen. Peyton Cole, Shreveport business network

“…Lee did a great job this week addressing our senior leadership team on the topic of “Leading With Honor in Difficult Times”. Combining stories from his POW experience in Vietnam with the leadership principals of Courage, Character and Commitment really resonated with our leaders as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee exemplifies these attributes, and it comes through in his inspiring presentations.”

      – Jess Jarratt, President, PGIM Agricultural Finance and Investments

“Col Ellis is the most impactful speaker from whom I have had the privilege to learn. The training provided to my commanders and Chief Master Sergeants excelled at defining leadership and educating my team to effectively lead today’s new generation of airmen. In hindsight, we needed the entire day–not just a few hours–to learn all we could form this remarkable Air Force officer.”

      – Maj Gen Thomas Grabowski, Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard

“Thank you for taking the time yesterday to share your story and to make such a valuable investment in the lives of those leaders from four different countries who attended the webinar yesterday. I pray that God will take your message and leadership principles and build into their lives so that they can build into still other lives for His glory.”

      – The Jackson Institute

“Col. Ellis’ message on Leading with Honor was an impressive and timely one for our audience. Not only did they rate his presentation with top scores, but we received feedback that it was one of the most gripping presentations they had ever witnessed. We look forward to having Col. Ellis back in the future.”

       –  Course Participant, @FlatterInc

“As part of our leadership program, Lee drove home leadership lessons with stories of his fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines as well as his personal courage in the face of torture and his five-year experience as a POW. Every class member was captivated by his realistic truths and advice and at the end of the day, had a greater respect for all men and women who wear the uniform and the drive to implement the lessons he instilled inter own lives.”

       – Robb Nichols, Executive Director, Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce

“Lee’s presentation to the Rotary Club of Austin was exceptional in content, delivery and his application of lessons learned as a POW to life today and the challenges faced by Leaders. His teaching style is socratic and powerful as he walks one through his life before, during and after his 5 years as a POW. He is a skilled speaker and valuable business coach to leaders who want to advance to the C-suite.”

       – Tarby Bryant, Program Chair for the Rotary Club of Austin | Chairman and CEO, Sweetwater Capital Corporation

“Lee’s inspirational keynote speech was extremely impactful and relevant! His incredible story of courage, honor, and leadership captured the minds and hearts of everyone in attendance. Lee’s wisdom on how to courageously engage in stressful situations was particularly relevant for our employees; there is no doubt that he left a deep impact on everyone in attendance!”

       – Dr. Kenneth Byrnes, Flight Department Chairman and Assistant Dean, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“We had asked Lee to join us as the keynote for our International Sales Conference. Wow did we have a great night! Lee’s message was spot on. Many people were quoting and referencing him all week. I’m so glad we had Lee with us, and he was outstanding and inspiring.”

       – Mr. William Reichert, President, Champlain Cable Corp

“Colonel Ellis and his team were wonderful to work with in all facets of the keynote presentation. He exudes strength, class, integrity and honor and his approach as a speaker on stage matched his demeanor off stage. His message of Leading with Honor easily translated to the hard work of pharmacists working to help older adults.”

       – Chad Worz, Pharm.D., BCGP, Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

“Colonel Ellis is an American Patriot and an outstanding speaker.”

      – Nido R. Qubein, President, High Point University

“We had the privilege and honor to have Col Lee Ellis as a main speaker for our Annual Membership Meeting. The way Lee engaged with our participants, weaving his experience, particularly his POW experience, with important, practical leadership techniques, was truly amazing.”

       – Arthur Corbin, President & CEO, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia

“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

“By observing the crowd, they seemed to be very engaged in the content of your message, and the brisk sale of your books indicates to me your impact was felt. Many of our superintendents continued to discuss the vivid stories you shared. Thank you for choosing to speak to our group…”

      – Dr John F Zauner, Executive Director, GSSA (Georgia School Superintendents Association)

“Lee did a masterful job of mixing real life experiences with humor in tailoring his message for an audience of 1,000. As he shared his story of courage and resiliency, Lee connected with each attendee as though he was speaking to them personally.”

      – Craig Smith, Director of Business Development, Valero Texas Open

“After having Col. Ellis join us for the Naval Air Systems Command Leadership Development Program’s keystone event, we were able to see his power as a speaker. He has a natural talent to connect to his audience and leaves them wanting more. One participant stated that ‘I have read a lot of leadership books and most are theory based. Col. Ellis brings his powerful leadership experience from one of the harshest conditions one could experience and shares those experiences with us; that resonated far more with me than any other leadership book I have read.’

      – Mr. James Ward, Program Manager and Facilitator, NAVAIR Leadership Development Programs Office

“Thank you very much for addressing attendees of the Lieutenant Governor’s Education and Business Summit. As we’ve come to expect, your remarks were of the highest quality, providing inspiration to everyone in attendance. We received universal praise regarding your appearance, which was widely regarded as the highlight of the Summit.”

      – Roy Bowen, President, Georgia Association of Manufacturers

“The content and delivery of your [Leading with Honor] presentation was wonderful. Of particular value to me, I came to understand the importance of confidence with humility, the power of listening and the importance of over-communicating the message. Your many other leadership principles hit home for us, and I know that our members really appreciated the information, as most of them bought one of your books.”

      – Tom Cramer, Founder & Co-Chairman, The Brain Trust 

“Northwest Battle Buddies had the great honor of having Col Ellis be the guest speaker at our largest fundraiser of the year. The fundraiser was by far our most successful to date, [and] everyone who had the opportunity to listen to Col Ellis got a glimpse of the price of Freedom, a true American Hero and what he endured in the face of adversity.”

      – Shannon Walker – President/Founder Master Dog Trainer at Northwest Battle Buddies 

“Lee Ellis brought great insight to our customers and enthralled them as he related the leadership steps to those he lived as a POW. He was the highlight of our event, and we look forward to introducing him to more of our customers and co-workers in the months to come.”

      – Dan Gastley, Executive Vice President, Control Southern Inc

“Lee Ellis has spoken for us on two different occasions and he’s terrific. He takes the time to understand the audience to whom he’s speaking and delivers an on-target message that is truly phenomenal. His storytelling ability coupled with his lessons on leadership make for a winning combination.  I highly recommend Lee to anyone who is looking for an engaging speaker.”

      – Dan Oswald, Chief Executive Officer, BLR (Business and Legal Resources)

“Lee was exceptional in his message and delivery to our Buckhead Rotary Club. He got two standing ovations at start and upon completion and this is quite rare for our club of 150+ Atlanta civic leaders…We would have Lee back to address our Buckhead Rotary and recommend him highly to other groups and corporate teams looking for a polished, battle tested and professional Leadership speaker and coach.”

      – Tarby Bryant, Program Chair for Buckhead Rotary

“Col. Ellis was an excellent speaker at our annual leadership breakfast with almost 1,000 civic leaders and administrators. He provided real life experiences through his life journey and applied it to our audience. It was a simple yet powerful message on the importance of leadership.”

      – Nathan Ballantine, Principal, North Gwinnett High School

“One of the primary reasons for the success of [SPESA’s Executive Conference] was your participation. As one of our attendees said, ‘The meeting opened with a speaker who engaged the attendees completely as he delivered real life lessons on true leadership. He is a true American hero.’ There wasn’t a person in that room that won’t be re-examining their leadership qualities and skills.”

      – Benton Gardner, President, SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas)

“His thoughtful connection between his experience…and what makes up a good leader made his insights real for his audience. He left us all with much to think about, both professionally and personally. What an inspiration.”

      – Virginia Cartmell-Martin, Commercial Leader, G.E. Capital

“Lee’s inspiring message was timely and on target. The Leading with Courage theme resonated well with the audience and all of his key points had significant impact.”

      – Edmond Hughes, Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, Ingalls Shipbuilding

“Recently, Lee Ellis facilitated a leadership training event for 35 rather independent company managers, and I can speak on behalf of all our managers who were present in the meeting that each had a very enriching moment with valuable practical take away in several ways: in a better knowledge of self, in a better understanding of the other managers of the Denis Group and in having a clearer view on how to relate and work best with each other. More importantly, the managers of Denis Group had a clear view that there is no stereotype leader personality, but find that a richness in a diversity of leadership profiles provides opportunities for all as long as the team spirit is encouraged. We were thankful that Lee Ellis was able to share his experience and knowledge in leadership and to relate with our managers in a very meaningful way.”

      – Francois de Moulliac, Managing Director, Denis Asia Pacific Pte Ltd – Singapore, France

“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 spoke from the heart with knowledge and conviction. You were superb.”

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

“Duke Energy and Progress Energy recently merged, bringing two of the best electric utilities in the country into one organization. During this process, it became evident early on that we had an opportunity to establish a new culture for the combined organization. Colonel Ellis spoke to a group of about 140 key leaders within the Power Generation Operations and Central Engineering and Services groups and did a masterful job of relating his experiences in combat and as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to the challenges that Duke Energy is facing as we stitch our two companies together. He has helped us ‘lean into the pain’ and provide clarity as we face our mission head on. His presentation was masterfully done and left a permanent positive impression on those that attended.”

        – Jeffrey J. Lyash, Executive Vice President – Energy Supply (retired), Duke Energy

“Lee’s message of character, courage, and competence in leadership resonated perfectly with the objectives and goals of Dasein Executive Search, so we hosted him as a keynote speaker in two special events here in Brazil. His Vietnam POW story and leadership lessons learned inspired and informed key executives in these regions, and we look forward to hosting Lee again in the future.”

      – Adriana Prates, Founder and President, Dasein Executive Search, BRAZIL

“Our young people were enthralled by Lee’s story and greatly challenged by the need to ‘return with honor’. Lee’s message is something young people and indeed our nation needs in this hour.”

      – Pastor Martin Tang, Lead Pastor, Changi Christian Fellowship Church, Singapore

“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…are inspirational and impactful.”

        – Tom Beaty, President and CEO, InSight Sourcing Group

“Lee is an inspirational speaker who reminds us all of the cost of our freedom and what courage and service is all about.  He was a highlight at our conference and we will use him again with still larger audiences.”

        – Kenneth Daly, President and CEO, NACD

“I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Col Lee Ellis (ret.). His ability to take the horrific tale of his imprisonment during the Vietnam War and transform it into invaluable lessons in leadership is nothing less than remarkable and inspiring.”

        – Christopher A. R. Brice, Chief Marketing Officer, Northwestern Mutual – Louisville

“I have nothing but the highest compliments for Lee’s presentation–both for his keynote presentation and workshop training. Lee’s book and leadership model were an excellent addition to our Leadership Development program.”

      – Janis Steblay, Sr. Specialist Employee Development & Organization Effectiveness, Orbital ATK Armament Systems Division

“Lee Ellis has been a highlight of the Crystal Visions Enrichment Program on board our luxury vessels. His unique and dramatic story is a terrific match with our itineraries, values and the high quality of enrichment that our travel savvy guests expect to experience on a Crystal cruise.”

        – Bret Bullock – Vice President, Entertainment – Crystal Cruises, Worldwide

“The remarks I heard from people who attended our CPCU Society event were over-the-top favorable of your speech, and that you were the best speaker in 10 years. I share those views.”

        – Harold A. Weston, JD, CPCU, RPLU, ARM // Clinical Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Undergraduate RMI Program Advisor – Georgia State University

“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.”


“Lee Ellis spoke to our HFMA-SC Chapter last October in Greenville, SC at our Fall institute. He was so well received, and I know the audience was attentive to every word he spoke! I would definitely endorse him to anyone considering Lee Ellis as an event speaker.”

        – Ronnie Hyatt, Sr Vice President-Finance/CFO, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

“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

“Thank you so much for your inspiring and insightful remarks at our Annual Meeting. They were met with universal acclaim and appreciation. We could not have asked for anything more as a fitting conclusion for our program.”

        – Roy Bowen, President, Georgia Association of Manufacturers

“Lee’s dynamic speaking engagements teach the understanding of integrity, character, and the meaning of selflessness. 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

“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

“We selected Col. Ellis to be a keynote speaker at our Leadership Club event in May. His presentation to the club did not disappoint. Lee was definitely our best key note speaker in 2014 and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a dynamic speaker with a passionate message on leadership.”

      – Amy Dolash, Sr Manager – Enterprise Sourcing, Leadership Club President, Rockwell Collins

“Col. Ellis spoke to 650 Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon families at our event, and his overall rating was a 4.88 out of a possible 5. That is the highest score we have seen for any of our keynote speakers. Thanks to Col (ret) Ellis and his entire staff. He is still consistently home runs with his audiences!”

      – David Schoch, Program Analyst, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

“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…”

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

“Lee’s message brought tears to those who remember those difficult days [during the Vietnam War], and enlightenment to those too young to remember, as they see the price that these true heroes gave for our freedom.”

      – Pastor Marty Godfrey, Burnt Hickory Baptist Church

“Home Medical Professionals had our first leadership and team building workshop, and it was better than we could have hoped for! We had 22 managers, including our owners, in a room for six hours and Col. Lee Ellis managed to keep everyone engaged during the meeting.”

       – Heather Tow, Director of Marketing and Patient Education, Home Medical Professionals

“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

“We cannot thank Lee enough for his presentation [at BathFitter]. I heard nothing but great comments [at our annual event]—it was wonderful. The passion he brings is critically important for American business leadership.”

      – Joyce Hrinya, Managing Partner at A&R Strategy Partners, LLC

“I watched the audience, which comprised about 90 people, listen very carefully and watch Lee as he spoke. They were engaged and almost mesmerized by his story. Lee’s delivery style was excellent. He spoke from the heart, mixed in the occasional joke or one liner to keep the audience loose, and was given a standing ovation when finished. I couldn’t have asked for better and highly recommend Lee.”

       – Jim Murphy, Vice President – Eastern Region, Matrix Professional Services

“Lee recently spoke to a group of 150 senior business leaders and was terrific in relating his experiences. 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

“…Lee’s presentation was exceptional. We had a very high turnout for the event, both in person and through video conference, and the feedback from the event was very positive. Everyone who approached me had many great experiences to take away…The level of engagement through the entire presentation was very high…our team was moved by him and his experience.”

       – Dennis W. Lahmann, Research & Engineering Team Leader, Design & Drafting Services, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

“I had so many positive compliments about the [keynote speech]. I took away the challenge to have the courage to do what is right even when is doesn’t feel natural or safe.”

      – Darwin Hollingsworth, SNC IT Group Manager, Southern Company Services – Information Technology

“Every American, especially the younger generation, needs to hear Colonel Ellis’ inspiring message, which reaffirms that freedom is not without sacrifice.”

      – Jerry C. Davis, President, College of the Ozarks

“Your remarks were of the highest quality and were incredibly inspirational to our members. Time after time we heard through the rest of the event how impressed the attendees were. We could not have been more pleased.”

      – Charles B. “Clay” Jones III, Vice-President and General Counsel, Georgia Association of Manufacturers

“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. Col Ellis and his lessons of leadership from Hanoi bode well for all.”

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

“Lee was well received by 200+ tourism professionals who really did not want the presentation to end. Comments were more than favorable from attendees, and we will encourage any of our members to book Lee for their meetings and retreats. I believe that his message is particularly pertinent to boards and politicians overseeing tourism budgets and other stakeholders.”

       – Chuck Bonelli, TMP, VP Marketing, Southeast Tourism Society

“Col. Lee Ellis did a masterful job in combining his story with the principles of leadership outlined in his book, Leading With Honor. He has a natural gift for connecting with people. I would recommend him as a speaker or presenter for any venue. He lives what it means to lead with honor.”

        – Mike Thompson, Jefferson Public Library, Jefferson GA

“It was our pleasure to include [Lee Ellis] as a plenary speaker at FCCI’s International Conference in Amelia Island this past September. 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. Thank you for taking the time to speak to our business leadership community, and I would highly recommend you for future conferences.”

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

“When faced with immense adversity, Lee Ellis turned what could have been devastating into an opportunity. In his book ‘Leading with Honor,’ he details a unique approach to leadership shaped by his experience in a Vietnamese POW camp. These decisive strategies are just as relevant to aspiring leaders as they are to seasoned professionals who have held leadership roles for many years. By focusing on honor and what that means each and every day, readers from all backgrounds will be compelled to live better and lead stronger.”

      – Jerry Hendrix, VP Human Resources, Mohawk Flooring

      – Robert Stevenson, Director Human Resources, Mohawk Flooring

“My team and I here at Polaris would like to thank you for the outstanding leadership training. It was an absolutely positive [experience] on how to lead with honor. While we have had many other guest speakers in the past to come in and talk about leadership, there is no doubt in our minds that your leadership lessons from the Hanoi Hilton overshadow the past speakers. The team has already asked to have you return next year as a followup on the progress we have made on our commitments and to learn better ways to lead.”

      – Mike Santiago, CEO, Polaris Aviation Solutions

“Lee Ellis recently spoke at our Health & Safety Summit, as with all guest speakers you never know what to expect.  Wow is what I can say.  Lee’s message was unbelievable that still have guests talking of how influential his speech and story was.  Having Lee as our guest speaker brought a new dynamic and highlight to our summit as well as bringing our teams together.  I would highly recommend having him at future events.”

      – Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden, Manager, Board Relations – CB&I

“Lee was remarkable. He was engaging and so informative about leadership. The participants loved his stories and how he applied them to the lessons. We have received ‘Thank you’ and ‘Great Session’ from many participants verbally and via email.”

      – Monita Outland, MPH, Training Specialist III, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) University

“The Colonel’s presentation was wonderful and warm and I love that his leadership lessons speak to each individual and can be applied to all aspects of everyday life. Our audience included retirees to full-time workers, and lots of incredible volunteers. All were so impressed and moved and went away with a great message and valuable lessons to implement in their lives.”

       – Kim James, Branch Manager, Madison County Library

“Wow!  Col. Ellis’ presentation to our Veterans Entrepreneurship Program was truly inspirational.  He provided some valuable lessons for leadership and life.”

        – Sheb True, Ph.D., Professor and Director of GAVE (Georgia Advancing Veterans Education), Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

“Thank you for giving such an excellent, inspiring presentation! The physicians hear so many clinical lectures that your topic was truly special! The physicians responded with really wonderful comments and very positive CME evaluations.”

      – Anne Kramer, RN-BC, MN, Director, Medical Education/Medical Library, Gwinnett Medical Center

“He is a superb speaker who captivates an audience, even 3800 women!  Upon his recognition as the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s 2015 DAR Medal of Honor Winner, he was received with cheers and a standing ovation after his heartwarming and inspiring speech. Not only was he awarded this highest Medal given by the National DAR, Col Ellis was also recognized as the Georgia Society Daughters of American Revolution’s Distinguished Citizen Award as he truly exemplifies the qualities of honor, service to country, courage, and leadership.”

      – Phyllis King, Georgia State Chairman, Daughters of the American Revolution

“Col. Ellis had a direct link to the audience as he was speaking to Vietnam Veterans and their guests. His ability to take his experience as a POW to the world of leadership is remarkable. Listening to Col. Ellis speak about his USAF career, and his experience in the Hanoi Hilton was very moving. We would welcome him back anytime.”

       – Dave Hambrick, President – Chapter 1, Georgia Vietnam Veterans Association

“Col. Ellis was one of our Distinguished Lecturers at Harding University during the 2014/2015 academic year. We were so pleased and honored to have him on our campus. The student’s response was overwhelming. He was very engaging with them and the entire audience. We received positive feedback on his visit for weeks. The students loved him. I just can’t say enough positive words about his visit. We would always be honored to hear Col. Ellis again and again.”

      – Karen Edmonds-Friar, American Studies Institute, Harding University

“Col. Ellis’s presentation embodies the YPO Ideal: Leadership through Education. His presentation provides (i) historical education of the Vietnam War, (ii) emotional focus on overcoming seemingly unbeatable obstacles, and (iii) true take-home value on leadership skills all YPO members may use in life and business.”

      – David Ellis, Co-President, GemCapWPO At-Large Member

“This is the first time I heard Lee speak, and I was in awe.  His message on leadership and courage draws in the entire audience.  He packs the room full – not an empty seat! Lee’s inspiring sessions are not to be missed! I would give him 5 out of 5 stars.“

      – Dana Halvorson, Senior Director, Not for Profit and Constituent Services, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living

“Lee Ellis is one of the most inspiring speakers and leaders of character I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing.  At our recent seminar attended by professionals from many of Atlanta’s top companies, Lee captivated the audience with his personal story of courage and resilience and his compelling lessons in leadership. Not surprisingly, he also received the highest possible scores for his presentation.”

      – Susan Hitchcock, Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives, Board Member, Turknett Leadership Group

“Lee Ellis’ presentation of ‘Leading with Honor, Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton’ does exactly what you would want for your team—it makes you a better leader and shows how a group can work together no matter what difficulties lie in front of them. I highly recommend Lee for your next function.”

      – Juancarlo Rendon – LUTCF, FSS, Agency Manager, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance

“Lee Ellis spoke to the Atlanta Estate Planning Council this past November, and he knocked the ball out of the park. His message was inspirational, motivating and relevant to our group. I recommend Lee as a speaker to professional groups such as ours.”

      – Dave Polstra, CPA, CFP®, CIMA®, Partner | Co-Founder | Wealth Advisor, Brightworth

“Lee Ellis is a national treasure! Lee’s powerful presentations and transformational thinking provides practical and impactful value for leaders and teams at any level.”

      – Randy Walton, CEO and Managing Partner, The Walton Group, Inc.

“Lee Ellis is one of the most insightful people I know when it comes to leadership and management and how those principles work with the different personality styles and behaviors. He is also an excellent communicator who helps people like me to translate those principles into concrete actions.”

      – Dean Harbry, PCC, Executive Advisor & Coach, Internal Innovations LLC

“Hearing about his experience as a POW and the lessons learned on principled leadership were very moving and inspiring. Lee’s inspirational message and principles on leadership, courage, and honor translate across industries and professions.”

      – Kelley J. Kash, Colonel, USAF, MSC (Retired), Chief Executive Officer, Maine Veterans’ Homes

“The Georgia State Council for the Society for Human Resources Management had the distinct honor of hosting Lee Ellis as our key note speaker at our annual conference. He is a talented story teller…and inspired those who heard him as was evident as the audience showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.”

     – Sally Roberts SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Human Resources Director, Morris Communications Company, LLC

“A quick note of appreciation for your inspirational talk at the recent Emerson/Control Southern event.  I learned a lot about history and the incredible odds you and your fellow soldiers faced during this horrific time…thank you for agreeing to be a part of our event and making a difference in the lives of so many who aspire to become level 5 leaders.”

      – Doug Turner, President, Control Southern Inc

“It was our honor to have Col. Lee Ellis, USAF (Ret) speak at the 2015 Region III EMS Awards. When Col. Ellis began telling his story and tying it to Leadership skills you could have heard a pin drop. Should you ever have the opportunity to hear him tell his story, I say take it; you will be glad you did.”

       – Janet M. Schwalbe, CMPE, VP President Physician Services, Gwinnett Hospital System, Inc.

“Colonel Ellis spoke to my team during a recent strategic planning session, and he did a great job linking the key elements of the Courageous Accountability Model with his experience as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. The entire audience was engaged throughout the presentation and came away with a renewed sense of purpose and perspective on the challenges we face day in and day out. The feedback from my team was overwhelmingly positive, and Colonel Ellis’s presentation set the foundation for one of the best team meetings I’ve had a chance to lead.”

      – Shannon Todd, PE – Director, Environmental Services Carolinas, Duke Energy Corporation

“Col Ellis spoke/taught at our state conference for the Alabama Medical Group Managers Association, and the response from our membership has been nothing short of outstanding. The Alabama MGMA could not have found a better speaker/American Hero to provide this content to our seasoned leaders as well as those new to leadership positions.”

      – Jerry W. Golden, Chief Administrative Officer, Coastal Neurological Institute, P.C. 

“Col Ellis spoke at America’s Warrior Partnership’s 2018 Warrior Community Integration Symposium in Atlanta. His message was truly inspirational and motivational to the more than 100 veteran-serving professionals who attended his session.”

      – Mandy Beaulieu, Development Manager – Corporate & Foundation Relations, America’s Warrior Partnership