Frank ODea


About Frank O'Dea - Entrepreneur and Inspiring Motivational Speaker:

Frank O'Dea inspires people to achieve inspiring results. His story of triumph over adversity in business and his personal life inspires audiences around the world. Against all odds, O’Dea went from being a homeless panhandler to a successful international entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is a founder of The Second Cup chain of coffee stores and is the founder of an international document security service (now a division of Iron Mountain). He has also launched several other innovative and successful businesses and international not-for-profit organizations. His motivational message resonates with audiences who are looking for hope for a better future or want to learn from his experiences.

Along side the success of his businesses, Frank co-founded Street Kids International, helping homeless children in third world countries, and the Canadian Landmine Foundation, an organization that raises funds for the dismantling of minefields around the world. Together with the United Nations and world figures like Colin Powell and Sir Paul McCartney, he led the international fundraising event “Night of A Thousand Dinners” that was taken up in 29 countries around the world.

Currently, Frank is a member of the Advisory Committee of World Financial Group and is the Chair of Cuso International, an international development agency operating in 22 countries. He holds honorary degrees from two universities, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. This incredibly inspiring story of resilience and triumph in the face of adversity is retold in his captivating autobiography, which is in its fifth printing by Penguin Books, “When All You Have Is Hope”.

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What Frank O’Dea Talks About:

Hope Vision Action
As an excellent, inspiring and motivating speaker, Frank O’Dea is in demand by fundraiser organizers as 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. 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 be very generous as Frank’s speech touches them emotionally.

The Spirit of the Entrepreneur
Business people, from owners to managers to professionals, feel they have something to learn from Frank’s broad, innovative and entrepreneurial experience in business. He tailors his speeches with his stories and lessons 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 perspective that enables them to think differently about what they need to do to get different and better results in what they are doing. 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.

Celebrate your Successes
There are people in a wide variety of occupations who need and want 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 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.

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