The Power of One, Ignite your Life

John’s professional focus as an international speaker began with the writing and release of his parents’ poignant 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. Since then, he partnered with over 850 different groups, in 46 states and nine countries. The tremendous growth is the result of his commitment to his clients and to truly partnering with them to make each meeting, conference and retreat a life-changing experience for their associates.

Popular Topics

John speaks on a variety of topics and his clients include organizations within the arenas of healthcare, sales, marketing, financial services, education, safety and more.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 – Healthcare

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.

John also brings his experience, wisdom and expertise to his roles as chaplain at a children’s hospital and as an ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

  • 2011, John was honored to receive the “Members Choice” Speaker Award from Vistage International. Selecting from thousands of speaker resources internationally, this award is presented to the highest rated speaker.
  • 2009, John was named one of the Top Ten “Most Interesting” People in St. Louis.
  • 2007 recipient of the St. Louis University Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
  • 2006 Energizer “Keep Going” Hall of Fame inductee. (He shares this award with baseball great, Cal Ripken, Jr.)

His greatest success in life is his marriage with Beth and their four children, Jack, Patrick, Henry and Grace.

“Captivating…” “Amazing…” “Life changing…”

These are just some of the words audiences routinely use to describe John O’Leary’s presentations. Through emotional story-telling and great humor, John empowers audience members to take bold, decisive action to transform whatever challenges they are currently facing into outstanding growth. He is masterful at conveying the truth that no obstacle is insurmountable.

More than simply saying that this is possible, John provides the tools to facilitate awesome transformation within each individual. He will inspire those in your group to move past their comfort zone, dream big, plan smart, and take action.

Why choose John?

Every year, John partners with over 160 organizations around the world.

Amazingly relevant to any industry (as well as professional and personal life), John’s presentations will be carefully tailored to meet the unique needs and concerns of your particular organization. By closely partnering with each client, John ensures that every meeting, conference and retreat is a life-changing experience for their associates.

“John scored a 9.9 out of 10 – this is the highest score any speaker has received in our chapter’s 25 year history!” – Viraj Gandhi, Entrepreneur Organization (EO), Washington DC | Chief Executive Officer, Paradyme Management, Inc.