“Lies chip away at our freedom as individuals and as a society. Truth is the cornerstone for liberty, justice and a prosperous, free society. We should make it our highest priority."

– Lee Ellis

Thank you for learning more about speaking opportunities with Lee Ellis. 

Over forty years ago, America welcomed home Col. Lee Ellis and his fellow prisoners of war. When Lee got out of the Hanoi Hilton after 1,955 days of captivity, there was a stark realization that society had shifted while he was away. Honorable values and morals had declined in politics, academia, entertainment, and our homes. This issue has been a burden ever since his return and he has consistently taken a stand for strong personal values such as character, courage, and commitment as a means for building healthy organizations and culture that produce long-lasting results.

With his latest 2016 release entitled Engage with Honor: Building a Culture of Courageous Accountability, as well as his last award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, Lee has brought new light to the subject of honor and values. Through his research, writing, and speaking, he now shares his story and leadership wisdom throughout the world.

As one of the only former Vietnam POWs to share about this crucible experience, your audience will hear about his dramatic story and the senior leaders that led them through unbelievable trials. They will be challenged and inspired to lead with selfless honor, integrity, and character as the foundation for their daily decision-making. Breaking free from the shackles of fear, shame, pride, and self-preservation is the key to authentic leadership, and it’s a call to Leading with Honor.

Lee is available to share his 40+ years of experience and expertise, and his biography of experience in a variety of industries provides a well-rounded perspective for your industry or event. Read just a few endorsements from Lee's most recent keynote speaking engagements.

To invite him to participate in your next meeting or conference, please contact me at (770)540-4108 or Stormie@FreedomStarMedia.com. More information is also provided on this page.

I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with you soon!

Best Regards,

Stormie Knight-Ellwanger

Speaking & Publicity Administrator

FreedomStar Media


Sample Keynote Presentation Clip

Audiences | Venues

- Business/Corporate

- Healthcare

- Innovation/Thought Leadership

- Military/Government

- Faith-Based/Non-Profit

- Utilities/Public Safety

- IT/Technical

His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives, C-Level leaders, management, and front-line staff in these sectors.

Keynote Presentation Topics

Leading with Honor®: Lee shares his story of being captured and held as a POW in Vietnam for over five years and the leadership principles that helped him and his comrades return home with honor.

Using the POW story as a vehicle, Lee adapts his message to the needs of the client/audience. Recurring themes in all of his presentations are courage, character, communications, and knowing yourself to be authentic. Typically, he will highlight two or three of the lessons from the fourteen described in his award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton to fit the client’s desires. 

The fourteen lessons/chapters in his book are shown here.

Leading Yourself

  • Know Yourself
  • Guard Your Character
  • Stay Positive
  • Confront Your Doubts and Fears
  • Fight to Win
  • Bounce Back—Be resilient

Leading Others

  • Clarify the Culture
  • Over-Communicate the Message
  • Develop Your People
  • Balance Mission and People
  • Build Cohesive Teams
  • Exploit Creativity
  • Treasure Your Trials and Celebrate Your Successes
  • Free the Captives

Additional topics related to his subject matter experience and expertise include -

  • Organizational Development
  • Behavioral Assessment and Development
  • Team Building and Development
  • Hiring, Firing, and Retention
  • Succession Planning