From Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul

Who Is LeAnn Thieman?

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 helping to rescue three hundred babies as Saigon was falling to the Communists. An ordinary person, she struggled through extraordinary circumstances and found the courage to succeed. LeAnn and her incredible story have been featured in Newsweek magazine’s “Voices of the Century” issue, FOX-TV News, PAX-TV’s It’s A Miracle, NPR, BBC and countless radio and TV programs around the world.

Today, as a renowned motivational speaker, she shares lifechanging lessons learned from her airlift experience. Believing we all have individual “war zones,” LeAnn inspires audiences to balance their lives, truly live their priorities and make a difference in the world.

After her story was featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, LeAnn became one of Chicken Soup’s most prolific writers, with stories in eleven more Chicken Soup books. That and her devotion to thirty years of nursing made her the ideal coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. Her lifelong practice of her Christian faith led her to coauthor Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul. All of the above earned her the honor of coauthoring Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Father and Daughter Soul and now Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul.

LeAnn is one of approximately ten percent of speakers worldwide to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation awarded by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for professional speakers.

LeAnn and Mark, her husband of thirty-five years, reside in Colorado, where they enjoy their “empty nest.” Their two daughters, Angela and Christie, and son Mitch have “flown the coop” but are still drawn under their mother’s wing when she needs them!

For more information about LeAnn’s books and tapes or to schedule her for a presentation, please contact her at:

LeAnn Thieman, CSP
6600 Thompson Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
email: [email protected]

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