POW to Speak to Buckhead Business Association about Leadership

Colonel Lee Ellis will discuss the principles in his book Leading with Honor.


Courtesy of the Buckhead Business Association

The Buckhead Business Association (BBA) is pleased to announce that Colonel Leon “Lee” Ellis (USAF – Ret), Founder and President of Leadership Freedom LLC® and FreedomStar Media™, will speak at the Buckhead Business Association Weekly Breakfast on Thursday at the City Club of Buckhead.

“Colonel Lee Ellis is the definition of a real American hero,” notes Catherine Cattles, 2012 President of the BBA.  “We are excited for Colonel Ellis to share the lessons about life, leadership and teamwork learned while serving more than five years as a prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam.”

Lee Ellis is Founder and President of Leadership Freedom LLC® and FreedomStar Media™. He is an author, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human behavior. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. As an executive coach and an expert in leadership assessments, he is a resource to senior executives and boards. 

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, 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 is entitled Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.

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


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