LeAnn Thieman

LeAnn’s story of being “accidentally” caught up in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift in 1975 engages and inspires people as they learn her tools for coping in the war zones of their everyday lives. An ordinary person, she struggled through extraordinary circumstances and found the courage to succeed during her daring adventure of helping to rescue 300 babies as Saigon was falling to the Communists. LeAnn’s penetrating conversations and expertise have been featured around the globe on BBC, NPR, PBS, FOX News, Newsweek magazine’s “Voices of the Century” issue, and countless radio and TV programs.

LeAnn’s fifteen books have inspired, motivated, and changed the lives of millions of readers. It began with “This Must Be My Brother,” her incredible “Operation Babylift” story. After it was featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, LeAnn 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, which hit the New York Times Bestseller list! She went on to co-author Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Second Dose; Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul; Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul; Chicken Soup for the Father and Daughter Soul; Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul; Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul; Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul 2; Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul (re-released as Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption); Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith; Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers.

Her latest book, SelfCare for HealthCare™, Your Guide to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health, is a dynamic component of her transformational SelfCare for HealthCare initiative.

LeAnn is among fewer than ten percent of expert speakers worldwide to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation and in August 2008 she was inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame, further motivating people to say, “I’m going to live my life differently after hearing you today.”

She and Mark, her husband of forty-five years, reside in Colorado.

For more information about LeAnn’s books and products or to schedule her for a presentation or her SelfCare for HealthCare™ program, please contact her at:

LeAnn Thieman, CSP, CPAE
6600 Thompson Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526


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