John O'Leary Is Proof of the Power of the Human Spirit
After being burned as a child on 100 percent of his body, John O’Leary knows how to rise above adversity. He knows how to adapt to whatever may come. We are fortunate to have John join us at MannaFest 2015 this March to share his incredible story. At nine years old, John’s body was burned and he had a less than one percent chance of surviving the first night. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, a dozen surgeries and lost all of his fingers to amputation. His experiences during his grueling journey are what fuel his passion.
“We have been created in order that we might make a difference. We have within ourselves the power to change the world. Today, embrace the gift of your life, the possibility within it and the truth that the best is yet to come.” – John O’Leary
John 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. He is committed to making each event a life-changing experience for attendees.
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.
- In 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.
- In 2009, John was named one of the Top Ten “Most Interesting” People in St. Louis.
- In 2007, John was the recipient of the St. Louis University Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
- In 2006, John was an Energizer “Keep Going” Hall of Fame inductee. (He shares this award with baseball great, Cal Ripken, Jr.)
John speaks from the heart with passion and authenticity. You will walk away awe-inspired, humbled and empowered!
Be at MannaFest to experience and feel John’s story and passion!