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Dr. Jeffrey O    

Globally Renowned Leadership Expert, Educator, CEO & Author

Dr. Jeffrey O is a charismatic motivational speaker, globally renowned leadership expert, educator, CEO, and author. A gifted storyteller, Dr. Jeffrey O will make you laugh, cry, dance, and pump your fist! You will leave his event excited and ready to conquer any challenge, or change the world for the better. He has been recognized as one of the most famous people in the global hospitality industry and has been featured on the cover of several business and hospitality magazines.

He currently serves as president of the International Hospitality Institute (IHI) where he oversees IHI's global operations. He is also the CEO of St. Justine Hotels and Residences, the ultra-luxe hospitality brand, where he serves on the board of directors along with Horst Schulze, co-founder and former COO of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and some of the world’s most respected CEOs.

Dr. Jeffrey O has published several books of fiction and non-fiction, including books on motivation, leadership, and business. Kirkus Reviews described his book, Dead or Alive, as “a razor-sharp crime tale” and the book’s protagonist as “a superlative hero.”

His social media posts have garnered over a quarter million followers. His high-energy presentations have inspired and activated audiences from different parts of the world. His mission is to walk with people and companies on a journey of discovery to help them uncover their purpose and find deeper meaning.

He is the creator of the START Model™, a goal-setting, goal-tracking, and problem-solving model developed for business executives and coaches. An acclaimed business executive and thought leader, Dr. Jeffrey O has held leadership positions such as CEO, COO, and Divisional Vice President, and has managed annual portfolio revenues exceeding $250 million. He has served as a Board Member on Marriott International’s Rooms Advisory Board. He has served and currently serves on several boards and has coached senior executives on public speaking, executive presence, and strategic leadership.

Dr. Jeffrey O earned his PhD in Leadership Studies from Johnson University.

Speech Topics


  • The Power of Motivation; How to Help Teams Achieve Big Results
  • Authentic Transformational Leadership
  • The Future of Leadership
  • Leading Millennials and Generation Z in the Workforce
  • Managing Large Teams
  • Purpose-Driven Leadership
  • The 35 Keys of Powerful Public Speaking
  • Master the Art of Confidence Without Being a Con Man
  • Change Management in the 21st Century
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices that
  • Finding your Mission
  • The SuperMind: Breaking Through Challenges and Obstacles

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