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

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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.

    Lech Walesa Speaker Biography

    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Poland, Lech Walesa is one of the best known Poles in today’s world. He was the leader of the 1980 strike in the Gdansk Shipyard, which led to establishing of Solidarnosc (Solidarity) – the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc. He remains one of the symbols of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Lech Walesa was born on September 29th, 1943. The first mention of Walesa’s dissident activities goes back to 1968, when he encouraged his fellow workers at the Gdansk Shipyard to boycott the official rallies condemning students’ strikes. From that time on, he started to be increasingly active in social affairs in Poland. He actively participated in the Strike Committee during the December 1970 protests and was offered the post of the President of the Committee.

    He was one of the main instigators of the August protests in 1980 at the Gdansk Shipyard. His personal stance, tenacious negotiations, and campaigning for the strikers’ demands led to the establishment of the Solidarity Free Independent Trade Union. It was the first bloodless victory in Polish history. This was also the time when the eyes of the entire world were on Gdansk and Lech Walesa. The totalitarian regime reacted to those developments by introducing martial law on December 13th, 1981. Lech Walesa was among the first individuals to be interned. Two years later, Lech Walesa was awarded 1983 the Nobel Peace Prize.

    By the end of the 1980s, Lech Walesa sat down to negotiate with the Communist authorities at the Round Table as the head of the delegation of the democratic opposition. His determination and courage led to a compromise with the already weak, but still dangerous Communist regime. The compromise resulted in the elections of June 4th, 1989 and the establishment of the first non-Communist government on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain.

    On December 22nd, 1990 Lech Walesa became the first democratically elected President of Poland, in a general election. While in office and after completing his Presidential term, Lech Walesa remained the spokesperson for the Polish cause on the international arena.

    Today Lech Walesa continues his mission as the spokesperson for solidarity. He travels around the world, retelling the story of the Polish experience and the non-violent struggle for peace and democracy. Through his lectures and dialogue with young people, he calls for the building of a modern world founded on universal values. Being a supporter of globalization and seeing the opportunities offered by new technologies and the development of civilization, he encourages the establishment of new structures of a peaceful cooperation of nations in the 21st century.

    Lech Walesa Keynote Topics

    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

    Lech Walesa - The Shipyard
    Conversation with Lech Walesa