Speaker Showcase

Tuesday, November 12, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Represented by: SpeakInc Speakers Bureau

FICP’s Speaker Showcase has become one of the most anticipated features of the Annual Conference. This unique program offered world-class speakers in one venue. First, Kai Kight will showed us how to find inspiration in ingenuity through a music-based talk. Next, Austin’s own Roy Spence provided steps to help you and your organization discover and live your purpose. John O’Leary’s offered up his amazing story of survival and perseverance. Each speaker will followed their short keynote with a one-hour breakout session to continue their story.

Kai Kight

Composing Your World

Why do some people just play notes they are handed while others write new music in the world? In his captivating presentation, violinist Kai Kight will tackle this question, perform original music and share the inspiring story of how he became an innovative composer in a field of conformity. This session will leave you feeling inspired to take your future into your own hands and bring your unique ideas forward.


About Kai

Kai Kight uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations around the world to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. Inspired by his mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, revealed regrets of not bringing her ideas to the world, Kai is on a mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kai performs original music and candidly shares stories from his own transformation as an artist, translating these insights into takeaways that audiences can infuse into their own lives and work environments. As a musician, he has performed his original music for audiences around the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China. His mesmerizing and original violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.

John O'Leary

The Lens of Life: Perspective Changes Everything

What if you learned that the lens through which you view the world each day is out of focus? That could mean that the challenges you perceive today may be massive opportunities you recognize tomorrow – but you’ll never know unless your lens is adjusted. As a nine-year-old, John O’Leary was burned on 100% of his body. That experience, and the remarkable support of his family, healthcare team, and community, forged within him insights on how to rise above challenges, see unexpected opportunities and thrive in all areas of life. In this unforgettable session, John unwraps the gift you possess to view challenge as opportunity, to choose freedom over control, and to serve others instead of yourself. John illustrates how an askew vision alters everything – from what you view, hear, and internalize – which ultimately colors your professional and personal outcomes.


About John

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 70,000 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. Today, John is an inspirational speaker teaching nearly 75,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired. Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John’s emotional storytelling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each of his presentations truly inspirational. John’s debut book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was an instant #1 national bestseller, has sold 120,000 copies and has been translated into 12 languages. John’s Live Inspired Podcast is a top 20 for business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine and his online community is 200,000 strong.

Roy Spence

Purpose Inspired Leadership

The organizations and leaders who will create the future will all have one characteristic in common: they will be ‘Purpose Inspired.’ In today’s world of hyper-connectivity, people are feeling more disconnected from themselves and their core Purpose than ever before. Roy Spence, CEO and co-founder of The Purpose Institute, has made it his life’s journey to discover and bring to life the path to purpose and higher calling for individuals and organizations. In this session, he will share his key ingredients to finding purpose in your life and your life’s work; an energizing and powerful force to counter chaos and divisiveness, foster innovation and a culture of fulfillment and alignment.

About Roy

Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. 

Along with Haley Rushing, Roy co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, "It's Not What You Sell, It's What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business is Driven by Purpose." And, most recently he authored "The 10 Essential Hugs of life," a collection of heartwarming reminders about the need for gratitude, love and goodness.