Keynote Speaker: John O’Leary
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% of his body. He was given 1% 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 60,000+ 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 50,000+ people at 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 100% 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; 30,000+ copies sold in the first 3 weeks.
John is a contributor for The Huffington Post and Parade Magazine website and
has an online community of 75,000+. John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife Beth, their four children and his relationships with friends and family.
Trisha Ross Anderson
Ms. Anderson is the Senior Program Manager at Making Caring Common at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She'll speak about appreciating and measuring students' non-academic attributes.
Michael N. Bastedo
Dr. Bastedo is the Director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the School of Education at the University of Michigan. His session will address the role of context in college admissions decisions.
Linn F. Freedman
Ms. Freedman is Partner and Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team at Robinson & Cole LLP. She'll lead a session on data privacy and security.
More speaker bios coming soon!