Ellie Kay is the founder of Heroes at Home, a non-profit dedicated to financial education for military families. She is also the founder of Ellie Kay and Company, a twenty-year-old Limited Liability Company. She is the best selling author of 15 books, a media veteran of over 2800 interviews and a Toastmaster Accredited Speaker. Married to Bob, a retired Air Force fighter pilot, the Kays have seven children, including 3 sons who serve in the Marines, Air Force and Army.
As a brand ambassador, Ellie has worked with over 50 Fortune 500 companies, helping to educate consumers and launch new products and services. She has participated in dozens of Satellite Media Tours hitting 100% messaging for her clients. She currently represents a select group of brand ambassadors, helping them to earn six-figure incomes by working in this space.
In 2015, Ellie earned the elite Toastmasters Accredited Speaker designation. This involved successfully passing a final accreditation level of speaking before an audience of 3000 of her peers in a global presentation from Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Only 70 speakers out of four million Toastmasters (past and present) have ever earned this elite designation. Ellie Kay was the only finalist to pass that level in 2015. She has spoken 2500+ times to audiences as large as 10,000. Ellie currently gives back to this community by speaking at district events globally and mentoring aspiring Accredited Speakers.
Ellie Kay has served and is serving on a number of national boards that serve the community to include Military Family Advisory Network out of Washington, DC. She is a Presidential Appointee to the Selective Service Committee (Western Region.) She is also a Congressional appointee to the 25th Congressional District All Academies Nomination Panel. As a much-in-demand Congressional event speaker, she has been asked to speak by a dozen members of Congress to their constituents on the “Heroes at Home” topic. In addition, Ellie volunteers as an Admissions Liaison Officer for the United Air Force Academy, helping the next generation of military leaders.
The Heroes at Home financial event reaches military audiences as large as 1300 in attendance in an effort to help them maintain security clearances through financial readiness. This year, the tour scaled 25 events at 17 bases in four countries. Major donors such as USAA and Experian help make these financial shows free to military members and their families. This year Ellie Kay and her Director of Communications, Bethany Bayless, are launching an exciting and slightly quirky podcast called “The Money Millhouse.”
An avid adventurer, Ellie has jumped out of airplanes and flown in the back seat of an F-15E Strike Eagle. Her Heroes at Home tour has taken her and her team to the bottom of a nuclear missile silo, all the way to the cockpit of a B52 bomber. She loves zip lining, hydrofoil racing, bungee jumping and as a Disneyland season pass holder, she’s never met a roller coaster she wouldn’t ride.
Ellie and her husband Bob, make their home in Southern California with three pampered, pesky, persnickety puppies.