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.
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 includingChicken 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.