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John O'Leary

New Student Welcome Convocation

Friday, August 19, 2016
11 a.m., Show Me Center

A curious 9-year-old boy, John O'Leary was playing with fire and gasoline, which created a massive explosion in his home that burned him on 100 percent of his body. He was given a 1 percent chance to live.

His story of survival was first showcased in his parents' book, "Overwhelming Odds." Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold more than 60,000 copies, most in back-of-room sales at O'Leary's speaking events. It was this book that invited O'Leary to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

O’Leary inspires people at companies and organizations across industries, from healthcare to financial services and education to insurance.

Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” O’Leary receives 100 percent 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 storytelling, unexpected humor, and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.

O’Leary’s first book, “On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life,” was a No. 1 national best-seller with more than 30,000 copies sold in the first three weeks. O’Leary is a contributor for The Huffington Post and Parade Magazine websites and has an online community of more than 75,000.


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