John O’Leary 2016-11-01T13:57:14+00:00

Project Description

John O’LearyJohn O’Leary

Expected to die – now, teaching others how to truly live

Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. John was burned on 98% of his body in a house fire at age nine. He was given less than one percent chance to survive. The next five months spent in intensive care transformed his life. Instead of ending tragically, the fire gave him the greatest gift: embracing the truth that regardless of our challenges and circumstances, we choose how to navigate adversity, determine our vision for what’s possible and realize the profound impact our lives have on others.

Today, nearly 30 years later, John has shared this truth as an internationally-acclaimed speaker, writer and expert on inspirational living with more than 1,000 organizations. Some of John’s clients include: Southwest Airlines, LEGO, Wells Fargo, and Young Presidents’ Organization.

John is the president of Rising Above, a leadership lifestyle organization designed to encourage you to: Live. Inspire. Now.

Topic Titles

The Power of One: one person can change the world

Be the Light: shining with faith


His parents’ book that started his speaking career: Overwhelming Odds

John just signed a book contract with NY Publishing House, Simon & Schuster – his book will be released in 2016

List of Past Clients

  • Southwest Airlines
  • Wells Fargo
  • New York Life
  • ReMax
  • Verizon
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Great Clips
  • Enterprise
  • Vistage International
  • EO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Scentsy

Consistently regarded as “the best speaker” clients have ever had. John is an amazing storyteller – weaving emotion and humor. His speaking success has grown organically – one audience leading to the next. What people experience with John on-stage is exactly who he is off-stage. Genuine, humble, energetic and authentic. He’s a popular speaker choice for healthcare (trauma survivor and hospital chaplain), financial services/insurance, sales/marketing, education and executives. Thank you!