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John O'Leary

John O'Leary

Burn Survivor & Motivational Speaker
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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.

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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John O’Leary 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 to survive. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to amputation. Despite the odds, he overcame those challenges to become a college graduate, business owner, hospital chaplain, the Ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, international speaker, husband and father.

John powerfully reveals our greatest challenges can be transformed into outstanding growth. Through emotional story-telling and great humor, John empowers audiences to move past their comfort zone, dream again, re-ignite their passion and take positive action. His presentations have been described as “captivating, amazing and life- changing.” Audiences around the world are re-ignited with a life full of possibility and passion not yet imagined.

Because of the release and poignant response from his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, John began his professional focus as an international speaker. Every year, John consistently shares his message with over 160 organizations. This tremendous growth is the result of the commitment to truly partner with clients to ensure their meetings and conferences are life-changing experiences. John is a heavily sought-after speaker in the arenas of healthcare, sales, marketing, financial services, education and safety. John provides keynote presentations, break-out sessions, half and full-day workshops and weekend retreats.

In 2011, John was honored to receive the “Members Choice” Speaker Award from Vistage International. John was chosen as one of the Top Ten “Most Interesting People” in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2009 and was selected the St. Louis University Young Alumni of the Year in 2007. John was also the first inductee into the Energizer “Keep Going” Hall of Fame in 2006.

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"John is well spoken, thought provoking, and inspiring. In addition to his phenomenal message he is a super nice guy and extremely easy to work with. I would highly recommend him."
--Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance

"John was our speaker for our kick-off and was simply amazing. There are not enough words to express how impactful his talk was."

"Your organization name - John O'Leary Inspires - is an understatement! You connect, you educate, you encourage, you open the mind to the possibilities of living life fully....and you do you inspire. Thank you for sharing your story, your talent, your lessons, your energy, and your inspiration." For a gathering of caregivers, you and your message were simply perfect."

"The feedback from John's presentation has been overwhelming awesome."

"John was absolutely phenomenal. The response we've received from not only our clients but our staff has been amazing. Everyone has said that he really is the best speaker they've ever heard."
--NTT Data, Inc

"Words cannot express my gratitude for your contribution at our National Conference. I know you surely changed alot of lives that day!"

"John's presentation was great. Expectations were high, and he exceeded them."
--Hartwig, Inc.

"John absolutely set the tone for the our conference. It was all positive and upbeat. In my opinion, it was the best conference we have had in years, and I know that John played a major role in that."
--National Credit Management Association