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A former homeless man, Frank O’Dea is a now a celebrated business person, an author, and well known humanitarian. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada and holds honorary degrees from two universities. Over the past 20 years, Frank’s speaking and his books have inspired action and impacted the lives of people in many parts of the world.

Local and international charities have raised millions of dollars through his fundraiser speaking. In the business world, his speaking has opened new perspectives and affected results for thousands of people, from business owners to executives at large corporations such as Microsoft and TD Bank; from leaders at the United Nations to students in China and the Philippines.

As a young man, he was a homeless panhandler living on the streets dealing with all the problems brought on by addiction. Against all odds, with only a sliver of hope, he started on the road to recovery and within a few years he and a partner opened the coffee store that became the Second Cup chain of coffee stores. That chain, which he eventually sold, grew to hundreds of stores in Canada, the USA and the Middle East.

He went on to launch and run several other innovative businesses which became international successes, which accounts for the demand for him to speak to business audiences. At the same time, he was the founding President of the Renascent Treatment Foundation and went on to launch several significant charities, such as Street Kids International and the Canadian Landmine Foundation. His work, through these charities and with the United Nations has impacted the lives of millions of people.

Recognition for Frank O’Dea’s achievements includes Ontario Volunteer Award, Lifetime Board Member Renascent Treatment Foundation, Paul Harris Awards, Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award, Doctor of Laws Royal Roads University, Doctor of Laws Carlton University and Officer of the Order of Canada.

His inspiring story is retold in his book, When All You Have is Hope published by Penguin and available online and in bookstores across the country.

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Presentations

  • Overview

    There is no shortage of information on what to do and how to do things. Courses, blogs, coaching, webinars and training: sound advice comes at us from every direction and, in the end, people only really take action when inspired and motivated to do so. Frank O’Dea has been successfully inspiring his audiences to action for over 20 years. He cuts through fear and complacency, instilling genuine self-confidence and hope.

  • INSPIRING GENEROSITY Hope Vision Action

    As an excellent, inspiring and motivating speaker, Frank O’Dea is in demand by fundraiser and conference organizers as a draw a draw for ticket sales. People want to hear from the homeless man who is a founder of the Second Cup, a humanitarian and an Officer of the Order of Canada. His very intriguing and moving story draws people to attend.

    Event organizers who count on corporate sponsors find that it is easier to attract the attention of sponsors when Frank O’Dea is on the billing. Business people relate to Frank and are proud to be associated with his successes.

    Truly one of the most inspiring speakers in the country, Frank instills in his audiences a sense of hope for the cause and a genuine feeling that their money and their efforts really are making a difference. Attendees are motivated to being more generous as Frank’s speech touches them emotionally.

    And finally, organizers can count on their getting their message delivered. Frank is an experienced and professional speaker who understands his responsibility to reinforce the organizer’s message, which he weaves into his stories and experiences making it a customized speech for the specific audience.

  • INSPIRING PERFORMANCE The Spirit of the Entrepreneur

    A wide variety business people, from owners, to managers to professionals, feel they have something to learn from Frank’s broad experience in business. He tailors his speeches with his stories and experiences that fit his audience, so that attendees come away with tangible lessons of perseverance, vision and innovation, leaving them with a “can do” attitude.

    Through his personal anecdotes, his audiences see a different perspective enabling them to think differently about what they need to do to get different and better results. He is the perfect speaker when organizers are introducing new ideas to their people or wanting to get the attendees to push the envelope to do better and be better.

    As an experienced and compelling speaker, Frank understands his responsibility to support an event organizer’s message or theme, which he weaves into his stories and experiences making it a customized speech for the specific audience.

  • INSPIRING PRIDE Celebrate Your Successes

    There are people in a wide variety of occupations who are well served to be reminded that what they are doing is important and it is working. They are the people on the front lines of social services, the professionals in healthcare, teachers in the classrooms and many others. So often, they are not witness to the success of their own work and, over time, can be overwhelmed by the on-going stream of people that they deal with daily. Frank O’Dea’s story of homeless panhandler to successful business person and humanitarian, speaks directly to those people, restoring their energy to do their work, restoring the pride in what they do and restoring the enthusiasm that brought them to this work, originally.

    Frank is an experienced and compelling speaker who understands his responsibility to support the organizer’s message or event theme, which he weaves into his stories and experiences making it a customized speech for the specific audience.

Overview

There is no shortage of information on what to do and how to do things. Courses, blogs, coaching, webinars and training: sound advice comes at us from every direction and, in the end, people only really take action when inspired and motivated to do so. Frank O’Dea has been successfully inspiring his audiences to action for over 20 years. He cuts through fear and complacency, instilling genuine self-confidence and hope.

INSPIRING GENEROSITY Hope Vision Action

As an excellent, inspiring and motivating speaker, Frank O’Dea is in demand by fundraiser and conference organizers as a draw a draw for ticket sales. People want to hear from the homeless man who is a founder of the Second Cup, a humanitarian and an Officer of the Order of Canada. His very intriguing and moving story draws people to attend.

Event organizers who count on corporate sponsors find that it is easier to attract the attention of sponsors when Frank O’Dea is on the billing. Business people relate to Frank and are proud to be associated with his successes.

Truly one of the most inspiring speakers in the country, Frank instills in his audiences a sense of hope for the cause and a genuine feeling that their money and their efforts really are making a difference. Attendees are motivated to being more generous as Frank’s speech touches them emotionally.

And finally, organizers can count on their getting their message delivered. Frank is an experienced and professional speaker who understands his responsibility to reinforce the organizer’s message, which he weaves into his stories and experiences making it a customized speech for the specific audience.

INSPIRING PERFORMANCE The Spirit of the Entrepreneur

A wide variety business people, from owners, to managers to professionals, feel they have something to learn from Frank’s broad experience in business. He tailors his speeches with his stories and experiences that fit his audience, so that attendees come away with tangible lessons of perseverance, vision and innovation, leaving them with a “can do” attitude.

Through his personal anecdotes, his audiences see a different perspective enabling them to think differently about what they need to do to get different and better results. He is the perfect speaker when organizers are introducing new ideas to their people or wanting to get the attendees to push the envelope to do better and be better.

As an experienced and compelling speaker, Frank understands his responsibility to support an event organizer’s message or theme, which he weaves into his stories and experiences making it a customized speech for the specific audience.

INSPIRING PRIDE Celebrate Your Successes

There are people in a wide variety of occupations who are well served to be reminded that what they are doing is important and it is working. They are the people on the front lines of social services, the professionals in healthcare, teachers in the classrooms and many others. So often, they are not witness to the success of their own work and, over time, can be overwhelmed by the on-going stream of people that they deal with daily. Frank O’Dea’s story of homeless panhandler to successful business person and humanitarian, speaks directly to those people, restoring their energy to do their work, restoring the pride in what they do and restoring the enthusiasm that brought them to this work, originally.

Frank is an experienced and compelling speaker who understands his responsibility to support the organizer’s message or event theme, which he weaves into his stories and experiences making it a customized speech for the specific audience.

Testimonials

  • Frank did an amazing job at driving the message home to everyone in the room and making them realize that they can all make a difference. He also did a great job at [mentioning] Miller Thomson! I had a lot of comments about that from our lawyers. They were very pleased by that. And best of all the gala raised more money than we anticipated.

    Frank O’Dea K. Lloyd, Communications, Miller Thomson LLP
  • We were all touched, and impressed with your story. It certainly was thought provoking and it created awareness that we can all make positive change in the world – each and every one of us. That’s exciting!

    Frank O’Dea L. Freeman, Member Services, Ottawa Real Estate Board
  • The event was Frank shared with our business community, which is still recovering from the devastating flood, how he was able to turn his remarkable personal and business adversities into thriving successes. He delivered an emotional and practical speech that touched these business people and their spouses on many levels. In the evaluations, which were excellent, we learned that a number people came because they knew someone who heard Frank speak.

    Frank O’Dea S. McCormick, Town of High River
  • …. what sets Frank apart is his gratitude and humility. He is a wonderful story teller and his captivating message of hope, vision and action is shared through personal experiences with real people. Frank learns about, and understands his audience - he connected with two different groups in our city and adapted his message to best suit them. Frank’s message is universal and we all left the room knowing we are part of the solution to living in a better world. The next step is action and that’s up to us.

    Frank O’Dea B. Aynsley, Executive Director, United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo
  • I just wanted to reiterate how moving and inspiring your story was and the impact you had on several advisors in our network with your mantra of hope, vision and action. Thanks again for your help in inspiring our sales network.

    Frank O’Dea M. Rogers, Marketing, Desjardins Financial Services
  • Your outstanding address at the foundation dinner and generous endorsement of the work is truly appreciated. The feedback has been exceptional enabling us to raise almost double last year.

    Frank O’Dea P. Hunter, Home Depot Foundation
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