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LEE ELLIS

Lee Ellis is Founder and President of Leadership Freedom® LLC and FreedomStar Media®. He is an award-winning author, leadership consultant, 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. Some of his media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world. 

Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. For his wartime service, 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 leadership roles of increasing responsibility including 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’s latest book entitled Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has received multiple awards since its release including Winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category, and selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List. 

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


Featured Presentations

  • Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton (Keynote)
  • Guard Your Character
  • Understand your Natural Talents
  • Balance Results and Relationships (Mission and People)
  • Understand and Develop Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  • Engage People and Issues Courageously
  • Build Effective Teams through Courageous Conflict (Judicious Debate)
  • Strengthen Accountability for Self and Others
  • Free Leaders to Grow and Lead Higher
  • Liberate Talents

Speaker Topics

  • Future of Health Care
  • Governance
  • Hospital/Physician Relations and Clinical Integration
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Legal Issues and Ethics
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Organizational Culture
  • Performance Improvement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workforce Issues

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter