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Keynote Speaker John O'Leary

Good Friday Breakfast 2019 Keynote Speaker

On Friday, Apr. 19, 2019, at the Good Friday Breakfast, John will share his moving story and encourage you to live like never before.

John O'Leary, #1 National Bestselling Author & Speaker

Expected to die. Now teaching others how to truly live.

In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100 percent of his body. He was given one percent chance to live.

This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold 70,000 copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

John inspires nearly 75,000 people at more than 100 events each year. He speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as: sales, healthcare, business, safety, marketing, financial services, faith, education and insurance.

Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives nearly 100 percent of his engagements from referrals. His schedule is a testament to the power of his message and who he is as an individual. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.

John’s first book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was an instant #1 National Bestseller; 120,000 copies have sold and it has been translated into 12 languages. John’s Live Inspired Podcast is a top 20 for business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine. His online community is 200,000 strong.

John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife Beth, their four children and his relationships with friends and family.

I share these lessons as a tribute to those who leapt into the flames to save me. Who worked tirelessly to restore me ... I share these lessons as an invitation for you to choose to wake up to the fullness of your life, to embrace the amazing gift of each moment, and to celebrate the joy of your inspired life!
—John O'Leary

2019 News Coverage

Read more about the breakfast at Portland Society Page.