Frank O’Dea

Company: The Second Cup

Job Title: Founder

A brilliant charismatic speaker, ground-breaking business man and author, Frank O’Dea, founder of the Second Cup, inspires and motivates speakers from all walks of life and is able to connect with every single audience member, regardless of class, ethnicity or gender.  No matter what the event, Frank O’Dea always ends up being the highlight.

Frank O’Dea never fails to completely engage his audiences and has become known for delivering the ‘pin-drop’ speech with attendees hanging on his every word.  He openly and honestly shares his life experiences, from being on the street as a youth to starting Second Cup and a chance meeting that led to the start up of Street Kids International.

Audiences identify with him and his unforgettable message and are invariably moved, empowered and filled with hope.  As one of Canada’s most sought-after speakers, Frank O’Dea is an investment that pays off hugely for any organization that books him.

It’s about Big Ideas

Below, CTV’s Keven Newman asks Frank what motivates  a motivator.

Frank O’Dea


The Power of Hope, Vision, Action

As an excellent, inspiring and motivating speaker, Frank O’Dea is in demand by fundraiser organizers as a draw 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. Event organizers who count on corporate sponsors find that it is easier attract the attention of sponsors when Frank O’Dea is on the ticket. Business people relate to Frank and are proud to be associated with his successes. 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 being more generous as Frank’s speech touches them emotionally.

The Spirit of the Entrepreneur

A wide variety business people, from owners, to managers to professionals, feel they have something to learn from Frank’s broad experience in business. He tailors his speeches with his stories and experiences 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 different perspective enabling them to think differently about what they need to do to get different and better results. 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 Success

There are people in a wide variety of occupations who are well served 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 that 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. Frank is an experienced and compelling speaker who understands his responsibility to support the organizer’s message or event theme, which he weaves into his stories and experiences making it a customized speech for the specific audience.

Books by this speaker

When All You Have is Hope