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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 Business/Tech/Public Utilities groups that Lee has worked with in the past –

  • AT&T Corporate
  • Champlain Cable
  • Duke Energy
  • Southern Company
  • Orbital ATK
  • CB&I

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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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“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

“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

“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, Duke Energy

“I asked Lee Ellis to speak at our annual sales conference this year. 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 had dozens of attendees comment on how moving Lee’s story was. This is exactly what I wanted. I selected the right speaker. I couldn’t have asked for better and highly recommend Lee.”

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

“I had so many positive compliments about the [keynote speech]. I sum it up like this: The POW story was very interesting and powerful. It made people very appreciative of Lee’s service to our country. Most importantly Lee took that POW experience and applied it to everyday job leadership principles that people could take away and apply today.  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

“…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, and several people remarked that they would have enjoyed an even longer presentation…our team was moved by him and his experience.”  

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

“Lee covered some of his key leadership points based on what would be most impactful for our audience. His ability to tell his story of being a POW in Vietnam and relate that to how you can lead with honor and be more effective in your job was riveting. 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

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