Featured in Newsweek Magazine’s Voices of the Century issue, on FOX-TV, BBC, NPR, PBS and countless radio and TV programs

Keynote Address

From LPN to NY Times Best Selling Author and Hall of Fame Speaker

LeAnn Thieman
LeAnn Thieman

By LeAnn Thieman, LPN, CSP®, CPAE

LeAnn Thieman is a nationally acclaimed professional speaker, author, and nurse who was “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, she struggled through extraordinary circumstances and found the courage to succeed. LeAnn has been featured in Newsweek Magazine’s Voices of the Century issue, on FOX-TV, BBC, NPR, PBS and countless radio and TV programs.

After her Operation Babylift story was featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, LeAnn became one of Chicken Soup’s most prolific writers. Her devotion to more than thirty years of nursing, made her the ideal co-author of the New York Times best-seller, Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Second Dose, then the third edition, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Inspiration for Nurses. She has coauthored 12 additional Chicken Soup titles including Chicken Soup for Christian Women, Caregiver’s, Father and Daughter, Grandma’s, Mother and Son, Christian, Adopted, Catholic Faith, Miracles, and Answered Prayers.

Her latest, SelfCare for HealthCare, Your Guide to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health is a dynamic component of her 12 month transformational SelfCare for HealthCare program.

As a renowned motivational speaker, LeAnn shares life-changing lessons learned from her Airlift experience. Believing we all have individual “war zones,” she inspires people to balance their lives, truly live their priorities and honors them for the difference they make in the world.

LeAnn is one of about ten-percent of speakers worldwide to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation and in August, 2008 she was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.


100 little babies laying three and four to a cardboard box strapped in the belly of a gutted cargo jet. It was 1975, Saigon was falling to the Communists and LeAnn was accidentally caught up in the Vietnam.

Orphan Airlift. That 10 day adventure changed her life and her career.

After 20 years of being a full-time mom, wife, and nurse she embarked on another journey, leading her to be a New York Times best-selling author and Hall Fame Speaker. In this inspirational and instructional session LeAnn will share with you proven strategies and 10 specific implementable tools to bring your speaking and writing goals to fruition.