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Speakers

John Garrett | June 7

John Garrett is a nationally recognized corporate comedian and emcee who draws on his condition as a recovering Big Four CPA to deliver messages that hit home with corporate audiences. This professional member of the National Speakers Association is on a mission to strengthen teams.

John’s clean, customized performances and observations of everyday Corporate America help teams break down barriers, foster unity, and strengthen bonds. With over 1,900 performances, he consistently gets rave reviews from conference planners and firm leaders alike for his lasting impact on morale and firm culture.

Recognizing how consumed people are in their jobs, the hilarity of everyday Corporate America and how humor transforms the morale and camaraderie of those around him, John left his cubicle to perform at corporate events across the country. Since then, John has performed for leading companies ranging from “Big Four” accounting firms to banks to technology companies to professional associations seeking an outside-of-the-box way to engage their audiences.

Tracks from his debut album, “Outside the Box,” can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora. He’s also been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Network, featured in the New York Times, seen in concert with Train, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals.

John O’Leary | June 8

Keynote

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.

Janine Stange | June 8

Professional Development Super Session

Janine Stange is a motivational speaker, singer, and on-air personality. She is best known for her historic journey to sing the Star Spangled Banner in all 50 states – a mission she embarked on to honor our brave. Her story is the subject of a new documentary, “National Anthem Girl” now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Stange has been featured on every major television network, and national news shows including The TODAY Show, Fox & Friends and NBC Nightly News. In 2015, Janine set another record when she sang the national anthem every hour for 24 hours straight. 

As a motivational speaker, she takes the audience along on her journey. She identifies the pitfalls that keep goals hidden in plain sight – and shares four life lessons that helped her  avoid them. Ultimately Janine helps others uncover their own unique life mission and be inspired to follow it by doing what they can, with what they have, where they are.

She can be heard every Thursday morning on Sirius XM’s 60’s on 6 with Phlash Phelps. 

For more information, please visit: www.janinestange.com

Andy Fastow | June 10

Accounting Super Session

Despite today’s more regulated and enlightened business environment, we continue to witness “Enron-esque” failures of corporate governance. Enron’s former CFO will make observations about how the ambiguity and complexity of laws and regulations breeds opportunity for problematic decisions and will discuss what questions corporate directors, management, attorneys, and accountants should ask in order to ensure that their companies not only follow the rules, but uphold the principles behind them.

Andy Fastow was the Chief Financial Officer of Enron Corp. from 1998 – 2001. In 2004, he pled guilty to two counts of securities fraud, and was sentenced to six years in federal prison. He completed his sentence in 2011, and now lives with his family in Houston, Texas. Andy currently provides litigation support at a law firm, and he consults with Directors, attorneys, and hedge funds on how best to identify potentially critical finance, accounting, compensation, and cultural issues.

Andy received a BA in Economics and Chinese from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Enron, he was a Senior Director in the Asset Securitization Group at Continental Bank N.A.

Since his release from prison, Andy has been a guest lecturer at universities and corporations, and at conferences for management, corporate directors, attorneys, accountants, and certified fraud examiners. Andy was recently keynote speaker at the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Management Education Conference, the FBI’s Advanced Financial Crimes Seminar, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference, the American Accounting Association Annual Conference, and the Financial Times’ Outstanding Directors Conference.