Frank O'Dea Confirmed as a Keynote Speaker for Leadership Excellence and Development Forum (LEAD2018) in Salt Lake City has confirmed that Frank O’Dea, co-founder of The Second Cup, entrepreneur, humanitarian and author, will join the roster of speakers at LEAD2018 in Salt Lake City on February 7th.

O’Dea overcame a rough start living in impoverished shelters in Toronto, Canada in his early teens. Fighting the formidable obstacles that hold back the homeless and the destitute, he overcame and rejoined society in his twenties. Within a few short years, he co-founded The Second Cup, which soon became the largest chain of gourmet coffees and teas in the country.

“Attendees at LEAD2018 will find inspiration in hearing Frank O’Dea relate his achievements despite so many obstacles. The engaging story of the early years of overcoming the challenges in life and in building the Second Cup will give us the inspiring inside story on the growth of a Canadian retail landmark,” shared Debbie McGrath, CEO and Chief Instigator,

In addition to Frank O’Dea, Andy Fastow, former CFO of Enron, is also confirmed as a speaker at LEAD2018. A list of other world renowned keynote speakers to be announced shortly by the LEAD2018 committee.

All 13 speakers will be broadcasted live from the LEAD2018 event in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Grand America Hotel via high definition web stream technology. Corporate Leaders can attend the live event as well as broadcast these world-class speakers into their workplace, community, educational institute or corporation. Find more information here:

About LEAD2018
The Leadership Excellence & Development Forum (LEAD) is an annual 2-day inspirational leadership event dedicated to helping organization create AN INNOVATIVE, HIGH POTENTIAL AND PASSIONATE WORKFORCE. Both days (February 7th & 8th, 2018) are action packed with Leadership and HR-specific roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and speakers. Participants learn how to take the world’s best corporate leadership practices and concepts and put them into practice, applying them to their organizations. 13 Keynotes share their stories and are broadcasted to hundreds of host sites across the world, providing the chance to share this life changing event with their teams and communities.

This is an ideal opportunity to be immersed in the best leadership content available. Register for a live ticket and receive the summer discount of $995. Limited quantities available. Prices increase September 30th, 2017.

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For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath,
Chief Instigator and CEO