2011 National Conference

Colonel Lee Ellis

Building Strength from the Inside Out

Lee Ellis is founder and President of Leadership Freedom LLC. He is a leadership consultant and keynote speaker in the areas of hiring, teambuilding, executive development and succession planning. He has an extensive background in the development of leadership assessments. Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying 53 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. After the war, he commanded a flying squadron, and then managed leadership development before retiring as a Colonel. Lee?s combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW medal. Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. He is currently working on a book about leadership in the POW camps. Lee and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta metro area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.