LeAnn Thieman
LeAnn Thieman

LeAnn Thieman, CSP,CPAE

Acclaimed Inspirational Speaker, Nurse and Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul

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Speaking Topics

  • Inspiration
  • Healthcare
  • Spirituality
  • Nursing Recruitment and Retention
  • Care for the Caregiver
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Stress Management
  • Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul

Travels From

  • CO

Speaker's Fee Range

    $7,500 - $10,000

LeAnn Thieman

LeAnn Thieman's Main Accomplishments Include . . .
LeAnn Thieman is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, author and nurse "accidentally" caught up in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift in 1975. Her book, This Must Be My Brother, details her daring adventure of helping to rescue 300 babies as Saigon was falling to the Communists. An ordinary person, LeAnn Thieman struggled through extraordinary circumstances and found the courage to succeed. As a renowned motivational speaker, LeAnn Thieman shares life-changing lessons learned from her Airlift and nursing experiences. Believing we all have individual "war zones," she inspires people to balance their lives, truly live their priorities and make a difference in the world. LeAnn Thieman is also an expert in nurse recruitment and retention and helps to hire and inspire nurses from coast to coast.

We hired over half of the new nursing graduates who attended LeAnn Thieman's recruitment dinner! We had her back a second time!

Franciscan Health System

After her story was featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul, LeAnn Thieman became one of Chicken Soup's most prolific writers. Her devotion to thirty years of nursing, made her the ideal co-author of Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul. She went on to co-author other Chicken Soup books including Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul, as well as Balancing Life in Your War Zones. LeAnn Thieman has also been featured in Newsweek Magazine's Voices of the Century issue, on FOX-TV, BBC, NPR, PBS, PAX-TV's It's A Miracle, and countless radio and TV programs. She also writes a monthly column called Time Out for Nursing magazine.

While health organizations and women groups are an obvious "niche" for Leann Thieman's keynote addresses and seminars, her audiences have grown to include all walks of life. Now cattlemen, contractors and corporate America appreciate her message. One CEO summed it up best when he said, "I'm going to live my life differently after hearing you today." after hearing LeAnn's powerful keynote sharing life-changing lessons from her Vietnam Orphan Airlift adventure.

LeAnn's "Operation Babylift" adventure came full circle when, on the 25th anniversary of the airlift, President Gerald Ford asked to meet her.

LeAnn Thieman earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation and in August, 2008 she was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame by her peers of the National Speakers Association (NSA).

More About LeAnn Thieman . . .
A nurse for thirty years and coauthor of bestseller Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul, LeAnn Thieman knows first hand the "war zones" of healthcare today. As an expert in healthcare recruitment and retention, LeAnn provides insights on improving productivity and profits while helping organizations attract, recruit and retain their nursing staff. By inspiring people to care for themselves as they care for others, she boosts morale, creating positive people who then produce positive outcomes.

LeAnn Thieman met former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who wrote a personal and touching forward to Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul. A portion of this book's proceeds is donated to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. At the invitation of Mrs. Carter, LeAnn presented her ‘Caregiver's Soul' keynote at the Institute's annual conference in Atlanta.

LeAnn Thieman and her husband reside in Colorado where they enjoy their "empty nest." She balances her life with church, gardening, enjoying her three grandchildren and hiking in the beautiful foothills and mountains near her home.
Suggested Keynote Programs
  • Balancing Life in Your ‘War Zones’
  • Light A Single Candle
  • Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul, Second Dose
  • Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul
  • You’ve Got To See It To Be It!
  • His “Puzzling” Plan
  • Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul
  • What’s This Generation Coming To? Generational Differences in the Workplace
  • Each One Reach One Nurse: Learn 20 New Strategies to Recruit and Retain Your Workforce
What People Are Saying
"Your presentation emphasized valuable self-care strategies and exceeded all expectations in value and appeal...it captivated this group of hard working professionals in a way I haven't seen in all my years...I highly endorse your presentation for any organization looking to uplift their staff...it is a gift to show staff appreciation and remind all of the importance of caring for themselves amid the intensity of professional caregiving..."

Rosemary Unnold, RN BSN, Interim Vice President Clinical Operations

"While few people will ever be asked to rescue babies in a war zone, all will relate to the universal truths LeAnn learned from that adventure. Her straightforward, simple lessons offer hope, health, and healing."

Jack Canfield, Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series
and author of Success Principles

"LeAnn inspires every person who hears her to move beyond their personal "war zones" and really change the world. Our audience walked away with a renewed zeal for their professions and their lives."

Danielle Hudson, Center for Nonprofit Excellence