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Alex Lee Leadership Series Presents Colonel Leon “Lee” Ellis

Mon Apr 14 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — As part of the 2014 Alex Lee Leadership Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Business Council and the Alex Lee Foundation will present Colonel Lee Ellis, President and founder of Leadership Freedom LLC and FreedomStar Media, on Wednesday, April 23 in the McCrorie Center, Fintel classroom at 6 p.m. Ellis’ presentation is titled, Leadership When Called.

Col. Ellis is an author, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker 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. His speaking and media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of speaking engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

Early in his career, Col. Ellis 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. Col. Ellis 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.

Col. Ellis earned 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. His latest book entitled Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has received multiple awards since its release including a finalist in ForeWord Review’s 2013 Book of the Year Awards, a winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category, and its selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List.

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

For more information on the Alex Lee Leadership Series, please contact Clem Geitner at

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