LeAnn's Presentations

As a dynamic motivational/inspirational speaker, LeAnn’s keynote programs and seminars inspire audiences to balance their lives, truly live their priorities, and make a difference in the world.

“I’m going to live my life differently after hearing you today.” That’s how one healthcare CEO summed up his reaction after hearing LeAnn’s powerful keynote sharing life-changing lessons from her Operation Babylift adventure.

Imagine bombs falling and 100 little babies laying three and four to a cardboard box, strapped in the belly of a gutted cargo jet! Believing we all have individual “war zones,” LeAnn shares tools for life balance, living priorities, and making a difference in the world.


Balancing Life in Your “War Zones” or Lessons from 100 Babbling Bawling Babies!

100 little babies lay three and four to a cardboard box, strapped in the belly of a gutted cargo jet. Saigon was falling to the communists – and LeAnn was caught up in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift. An ordinary person, she struggled through extraordinary circumstances, and found the courage to succeed. Believing we all have individual “war zones,” LeAnn shares photos and life-changing lessons learned from that adventure. She draws parallels between the “war zones” in Vietnam to the “war zones” in our professional and personal lives today…to much to do, too few resource, too many regulations! This poignant, yet humorous, presentation inspires audiences to balance their physical, mental, and spiritual lives; truly live their priorities; and make a difference in the world. In the end, LeAnn applauds them as the heroes! (Also available on Video DVD and Audio CD.)


Light A Single Candle

A sign above a pediatric burn unit in Vietnam read, It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. LeAnn reminds audiences they don’t have to fly into a war zone to make a difference in the world. No effort is too small. LeAnn shares her photos and story of Operation Babylift and reminds people that by lighting our single candles, we make a difference and set the world aglow with our goodness. When we identify, explore, and share our gifts, we receive more than we give.


What’s This Generation Coming To?

This decade is the first time in American history that four different generations are working side-by-side in the workplace. “Generational tensions” is ranked among the top major issues affecting U.S. workers. In this fun, entertaining, highly educational keynote or concurrent session, audience members will learn the history, traits, and values of the four generations and identify ways to relate to, manage, and even appreciate the differences. This information is critical, not only to better understand coworkers, but to attract, interview and hire the right staff. Sharing this knowledge with all workers and caregivers decreases negativity, resentment and turnover in the workplace and increases cooperation, retention and productivity. This knowledge is also applicable and appreciated to better understand and care for those we serve…which is the common goal of all.


Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul or “How Long Can I Keep This Up?!”

While rewarding, care-giving requires tremendous emotional, physical and spiritual stamina, making burnout an everyday challenge. In Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul LeAnn offers remedies by encouraging caregivers to care for themselves as devotedly as they do for others. By sharing stories from Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul and her own life experiences she fills caregivers with hope, courage, and strength and honors them for the difference they make in the world. (Also available on Video DVD and Audio CD.)


You’ve Got To See It To Be It!

Scientific studies prove positive thinking and visualization promote mental, physical, and spiritual health. By sharing medical research and her Airlift experiences, LeAnn empowers audiences to improve their health by improving their attitudes. In this deep-dive interactive seminar LeAnn, a former childbirth educator, teaches how labor tools – breathing, relaxation, positive thinking and visualization, prayer and meditation, and management of time – apply as we “labor” through everyday life. (Also available on Video DVD and Audio CD.)


To see LeAnn’s presentations specific to healthcare, see SelfCare for HealthCare and Nurse Recruitment and Retention.

“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.”

— Center for Nonprofit Excellence

LeAnn Thieman

Balancing Life in Your War Zones

Watch LeAnn Now! Work life balance is a struggle for all of us at some point in our lives; rather you are in an actual “War Zone” (as LeAnn was during the Vietnam Orphan Airlift), or during the day-to-day struggles we each face.