LeAnn Thieman is a nationally acclaimed professional speaker, author, and nurse who was “accidentally” caught up in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift in 1975 when she helped rescue 300 babies as Saigon was falling to the Communists. Through God’s grace, she endured and is living proof that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.
By sharing her amazing adventure and stories from her book Chicken Soup for the Soul, Living Catholic Faith, she proves her conviction that, just as God led her to Vietnam, He leads us all when we trust His guidance. Her presentations fill people with hope and love, nourishes their souls, and deepens their faiths. “I’ve never nearly cried or laughed so hard!” they proclaim as they learn her tools for coping in the “war zones” of their everyday lives. LeAnn applauds them for the heroes they are, honoring them for their contributions of time, talent and treasure. LeAnn’s penetrating conversations and expertise have been featured around the globe in on BBC, NPR, PBS, FOX News, PAX-TV’s It's A Miracle show, Newsweek Magazine’s Voices of the Century issue, and countless radio and TV programs. LeAnn’s 15 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 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,
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, 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.”