John O’Leary

Ignite your Life!
Discovering 5 keys to unlock passion, potential and impact

Leadership Joplin Symposium

June 16, 2010

Holiday Inn of Joplin $20 per person includes lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm R.S.V.P. online at

“Your message of hope was truly inspiring! Our friends and colleagues are still talking about how much your story meant to each of us. The gift that you gave each of us was so very incredible.” – DiAnne Mueller, Executive Director St. Louis Crisis Nursery “The message was absolutely on target for all our people. I don’t think there was a single person in the group without a tear and a laugh. That is a hard combo!” – Al Nevada Kent IV, Managing Partner, Missouri Market, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP “You could have heard a pin drop while you were telling us your story. The members of our club are still talking about you and your experiences, even though it has been a couple of months since you were with us. You are a very special person!” – Alma Smith, Program Chairman Missouri-Arkansas District, Kiwanis International “Your story is remarkable. You touched me profoundly last night and I know you had a similar impact on the other 200+ people in the room. Thank you!” – Norman Kieke, Executive Director, Disability Assistance of Central Texas “Thank you for allowing me to grow from your story.” – Chris Thompson, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans “I see John going far as the next great motivational speaker.” – Sally Hamilton, The Hartford “Over 550 students sat engaged, attentive and hanging on your every word. You are a true speaker; natural, at ease, confident and the perfect blend of sincerity, warmth and humor!” – Molly Grumich, Department Chair, Incarnate Word Academy “Your story of overcoming incredible odds to achieve success is truly inspiring. We appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to share it with us. It is impossible to hear what you went through and not be changed by it.” – Allen Hauge, Group Chair, Vistage “As anticipated, your presentation was absolutely fantastic. It made a dramatic impact on my team.” – Greg Twardowski, President, Whelan Security “Your talk was extremely well done and very moving - it was right on the mark.” – Ray Wiesehan, Ameren “You are an inspiration to anyone who meets you. Your story is giving courage and direction to all of us who face challenges in our daily lives.” – Andy Edwards, Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals

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Journey with John O’Leary as he powerfully reveals how our greatest challenges can be transformed into outstanding growth. Through emotional story-telling and great humor, John empowers you to carefully consider five critical life questions:

Who am I? Where am I going? Who is going with me? How do I get there? What can I do?
Within these questions are the keys to how you relate with others, where you have growth opportunities, and what your absolute advantages are. What might happen if you embraced your scars, mistakes, and missteps – and utilized the lessons learned to propel you forward? What if you imagine that anything was possible in your life – and actually believe in achieving those dreams? What impact could you have if you worked in perfect symphony with your team – and created an impact far greater than any single individual? How significant would your life be if you discovered passion and meaning in your life – and tapped into the resulting increase in energy, persistence and creativity? By utilizing lessons learned from surviving a childhood fire, John O’Leary guides audiences around the world on an emotional, humorous, uplifting and results-oriented ride. John inspires you to look deeply within yourself, discover who you are, the talents you possess, the challenges you’ve endured, and your ability to grow through adversity. Through this program, you will be ignited with a life full of possibility you had not yet even imagined. John illustrates the power of the human spirit through his personal story. 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, he overcame those challenges to become a college graduate; business owner; hospital chaplain; the Ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters; the first inductee into the Energizer “Keep Going” Hall of Fame; an international speaker; and a husband and father. John has shared his message with over 350 organizations in 37 states and 4 countries.

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