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John O’Leary, Overcoming Adversity Speaker

John O’Leary

    • Proof of the Power of the Human Spirit
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$15,000 - $20,000

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John O'Leary - Live Inspired

John O'Leary - Live Inspired

John O'Leary

John O'Leary

John O'Leary's life is proof of the power of the human spirit. As a nine-year-old boy, he was burned on 100% of his body and given less than one percent chance of surviving the first night. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to amputation. Despite the odds, John overcame these challenges and enjoys wonderful success in life.

John O'Leary is a college graduate, business owner, philanthropist, husband and father. John's impact can be experienced from the platform, in coaching sessions, his work as a chaplain at a children's hospital, and as a Big Brothers, Big Sisters Ambassador. In 2006, John was inducted into the Energizer "Keep Going" Hall of Fame. He shares this Hall of Fame award with baseball great, Cal Ripken, Jr. In 2007, John was selected the St. Louis University young alumni of the year, and was chosen as one of the Top Ten "Most Interesting People" in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2008.

John O'Leary's professional focus as an international speaker began with the writing, release and poignant response from his parents' book, Overwhelming Odds. Because of this book, John felt compelled to embrace his past, rise above his fears and share his message with others. He began speaking in 2005 to a total of eight organizations. In 2008, he partnered with over 140 different groups, in 30 different states, and four countries. The tremendous growth is the result of a commitment to truly partnering with clients in making their meetings, conferences and retreats a life-changing experience for their members. To book Overcoming Adversity Speaker call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

John offers presentations on a variety of topics, each of which can be tailored to fit your organization. 

Ignite your Life!

In this presentation, John inspires audiences to look deeply within themselves, discover who they are, the talents they possess, the challenges they’ve endured, and their ability to grow through adversity. Through this program, audiences are ignited with a life full of possibility not yet even imagined!

The Power of One

Journey with John O’Leary as he powerfully celebrates the possibility of how you can serve, love and impact more profoundly in your own life. 

Be Light: Shining with faith

Today’s world can seem so dark. We are too often reminded of the pain and disappointment in our everyday lives. Health, financial, and relational challenges impact all who live in this imperfect, fallen world.

Partnership Program

The impact of John O’Leary’s message has a universal application and can be uniquely personalized for your organization. 

Industry-specific messages:

As a former trauma patient and hospital chaplain, John O’Leary is a popular speaker choice for hospital systems, healthcare associations and medical/EMS conferences around the world.

As John O’Leary so intimately knows, one poor decision can dramatically affect the rest of your life. This poor decision not only impacts the life of the individual injured, it also impacts their entire family, organization and community. 

From student assemblies to faculty in-service retreats, John inspires audiences to fully realize the possibility of how one can serve, love and impact more profoundly.

John and his family have experienced the incredible impact proper financial and insurance planning can have. John’s father, Denny, has been living with Parkinson’s disease for the past 25 years. 

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