Special Guests

Arnold W. Donald

President & Chief Executive Officer

Carnival Corporation & PLC

Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the world’s largest travel and leisure company. Their ten cruise brands -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, AIDA, Costa, Cunard, P&O UK, P&O Australia and Fathom are based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia and maintain a fleet of more than 100 ships and serve more than 12 million guests annually. Carnival Corporation & PLC is included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices and trades on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges.

Mr. Donald has been President & CEO of Carnival Corporation since 2013 and served on the board for 12 years before that. He serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation and Crown Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Donald spent more than twenty years at Monsanto Company as Corporate Senior Vice-President, and President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the Agricultural sector. After leaving Monsanto, Mr. Donald was Chairman of Merisant Company whose products included the leading global sweetener brands Equal and Canderel.

Prior to Carnival, Mr. Donald was President and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies, and the President and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

A native of New Orleans, Mr. Donald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St Louis, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Donald serves on the boards of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis, in Missouri, The Greater New Orleans Foundation and St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare among others.

John O'Leary

Speaker and Best Selling Author

John O’Leary has dedicated his life to connecting with and inspiring others, both in his career and as a Big Brother. While sharing his personal story, he identifies key lessons from what he has endured that apply to everyone.

When he was a child, John’s curiosity got the best of him and he tried to experiment with fire and gasoline in his garage. He created a massive explosion that burned 100% of his body. Doctors said his chance of survival was less than 1%.

John’s unlikely recovery was a journey of pain and loss that could have easily made him give up. However, far from being an example of someone who simply endured tragedy, he is a luminous example of thriving through adversity.

This “survivor story” isn’t focused on John O’Leary—rather, it is a celebration of the heroes who served him and his family. From a Hall of Fame sports announcer to a burn nurse (and countless others), every person involved in his life after the fire teaches us this truth: one person can make a profound difference in the lives of others.

John O’Leary is the author of the #1 bestselling book ON FIRE – The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.