Member Spotlight


Accredited Speaker Ellie Kay

Palmdale, CA (USA)

Ellie Kay

Subject Areas

  • Heroes at Home- Hope, Help and Humor for America's Military Families
  • "America's Family Financial Expert" (R) as seen on Fox News and ABC News
  • Five Kinds of Partnerships Every Leader Needs
  • Living Rich for Less - Corporate and Community Presentations
  • Lean Body, Fat Wallet - Corporate Wellness Training

Educational and professional background: 

  • CCU - BA in Management of Human Resources
  • ALO - Admissions Liaison Officer for United States Air Force Academy
  • 25th Congressional District - All Academies Appointment Board Member
  • Master Trainer- Army Family Team Building
  • Author of 15 books
  • Media Veteran of 1800 interviews
  • Speaking for 25 years with 10,000 hours in the craft
  • Military Family Advisory Network - National Advisory Board Member- Washington, DC
  • Heroes at Home Financial Event Conference Owner on tour to 44 USAF bases requesting the program in FY16

Special awards or recognition you have received inside and outside of Toastmasters: 

  • In 1999 she received the Army’s highest civilian medal, the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for outstanding dedication to improving the quality of life for soldiers and their families. She is the first Air Force spouse to be decorated with this medal, which required a four-star General’s waiver.
  • Military Spouse Award – 2013 – United States Marine Corps
  • First Lady of the Marine Corps Reading List – 2013/14
  • Ellie’s book, Heroes at Home, was a finalist in the 2003 Gold Medallion Book Awards.
  • Awarded an honorary incentive ride in an F15E Strike Eagle by Air Force - 2011
  • With over 20,000 volunteer hours to her credit, she is the recipient of dozens of local volunteer awards.Corporate Spokesperson for 50+ Fortune 500 companies including WalMart, USAA, P&G, Visa, Sears, Sprint & AMEX

The type of presentations: 

  • Primarily Keynotes (arena, convention, corporate)
  • Financial Workshops
  • Resiliency Seminars

The audience to which you typically present (business, community, etc.): 

  • Corporate Community
  • Women's Events
  • Financial Events
  • Military Bases and Events

What advice do you have for potential Accredited Speaker Program applicants? 
Do the work and be prepared to overcome rejection. When I first started as a speaker and an author, I knocked on 20 doors and only 1 opened. Now, I'm one of only 5% who make a full time living as a speaker/author and I still have 9 out of 10 doors shut when I try new areas. If you learn from the rejection you receive in the marketplace and you commit to be intentional about your work, then you'll find success. As a mom of seven, I've learned to multi task and to look at life as an adventure. Consequently, I am constantly doing scary things that break me out of my comfort zone. From the time I first heard about the AS program, to the time I was fully accredited was 8 months. But I also put 10K hours over 25 years into the craft. Someone has to get AS, it might as well be YOU!

Available to serve as a mentor for Accredited Speaker Program applicants? 
Yes. Please visit for more information.