Lech Walesa

The legendary leader of “Solidarnosc”, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, former President of Poland

Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

Travels From: Gdansk, Poland

Lech Walesa is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Lech Walesa

    The legendary leader of “Solidarnosc”, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, former President of Poland

    Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

    Travels From: Gdansk, Poland

    Lech Walesa is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    1983 Nobel Peace Prize awardee. Speaker Lech Walesa was the first President of Poland that citizens voted for democratically. Organizations book Lech Walesa to learn about his story, the political and economical transformation of Poland, and democracy and values in the 21st century.

    Lech Walesa Speaker Biography

    Nobel Prize speaker Lech Walesa is the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize awardee. He also used to be President of Poland, which made him one of the most famous Poles globally. In 1980, Lech guided the Gdansk Shipyard strike, leading to the creation of Solidarnosc (Solidarity). Solidarnosc was the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union. Even now, he is one of the most iconic emblems of communism’s collapse in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Lech Walesa was only 25 when he persuaded his coworkers at the Gdansk Shipyard to stop supporting the official rallies denouncing students’ strikes. After that, he became more and more involved in social issues in Poland. During the protests in December 1970, he was a key member of the Strike Committee. Eventually, he became the Committee’s president.

    He was one of the driving forces behind the 1980 Gdansk Shipyard protests. The Solidarity Free Independent Trade Union was formed due to his relentless negotiations and advocacy for the strikers’ requests. It was Poland’s first and only non-combat win. Gdansk and Lech Walesa were also the subjects of worldwide attention at this time. As a result of these events, the totalitarian regime created the martial law on December 13th, 1981. Lech Walesa was one of the first people to go to prison. After two years, Lech Walesa received the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Speaker Lech Walesa was the head of the democratic opposition delegation at the Round Table negotiations at the end of the 1980s. Because of his tenacity and bravery, he reached an agreement with the Communist regime, which was already weak but still threatening. On June 4th, 1989, the first non-Communist government was established on the Eastern Front as a result of the agreement.

    In 1990, Lech Walesa became the first President of Poland that citizens voted for democratically. Lech Walesa served as Poland’s international spokesman while in office and after he stepped down as president.

    Lech tells the tale of Poland’s nonviolent battle for democracy and peace to global audiences. In his talks and conversations with youngsters, he advocates for creating a modern world based on global principles. Seeing the benefits of new technologies and the advancement of civilization, he supports the construction of new structures for the peaceful collaboration of nations in the twenty-first century. 

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    The story of Lech Walesa, told firsthand by himself, is incredible and will inspire your audience to fight for their ideals and to believe that personal convictions are unwavering. Lech Walesa fought against the Soviet Union and repression, and managed to change the history of his country, Poland, and the world. He was a pioneer of Democracy who managed through his fight for fundamental values ​​to create a better world. His great work earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Presidency of his beloved country.

    Few people can say they have changed the history of their country and the world. Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize, is one of those privileged people. In this conference, President Walesa will tell about the great political and economic transformation that happened in Poland and in Europe after his fight from the Gdansk shipyards that ended up overthrowing the Soviet Union and establishing capitalism and democratic elections in his country. These transcendental transformations led Poland to stable growth and to become, 30 years later, a solid and prosperous country.

    30 years after Lech Walesa led Poland's revolution with his incredible struggle and work that led to the overthrow of the Soviet Union and establishing a democratic government, the Nobel Peace Prize warns us that we are going astray. Demagogy, inequality and populism are on the rise and the values ​​for which he fought so hard are being lost. In this conference the legendary leader of Solidarity will talk about the current state of the world and will call for the protection of basic human rights, democracy and to create fairer models of capitalism that allow for a better society.

    Lech Walesa Speaking Videos

    Conversation with Lech Walesa
    Lech Walesa - The Shipyard