Business Innovation, Intelligence, & Inspiration … Meet the Featured Speakers of ISRI2019!

Every year, ISRI’s convention assembles a lineup of speakers that inform, challenge, and entertain attendees. ISRI2019 is no exception! You will walk away from each featured speaker with new ideas that will help you grow both personally and professionally. You will laugh. You will learn. And you will be inspired. Get to know the featured speakers of ISRI2019:

Robert Herjavec is a dynamic entrepreneur and a leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived to North America on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers, and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family. 

Robert has built and sold several IT companies to major players such as AT&T. In 2003 Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, compliance, incident response and remediation efforts for enterprise level organizations. 

Robert’s motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank. 

See video: Robert Herjavec: Entreprenuer, Technology Leader, Motivator


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 percent 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 60,000+ 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.

John inspires 50,000+ people at 100+ events each year. He speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as: sales, healthcare, business, safety, marketing, financial services, faith, education and insurance.

Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives nearly 100 percent of his engagements from referrals. His schedule is a testament to the power of his message and who he is as an individual. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.

John’s first book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was an instant #1 National Bestseller; 100,000+ copies have sold and it has been translated into 12 languages. John’s Live Inspired Podcast is a top 20 for business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine. His online community is 200,000 strong. 

See video: John O’Leary: Burn Survivor & Motivational Speaker


Ian Siegel is CEO and co- founder of ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace using AI-driven matching technology to actively connect millions of businesses and job seekers to their next great opportunity.

Prior to co-founding ZipRecruiter, Ian held executive product and technology leadership roles at companies including CitySearch, Stamps.com, and Rent.com. He received his BA in sociology from Oberlin College and is based in Santa Monica, Calif.

See video: ZipRecruiter’s CEO on Being the Best at that One Thing