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COL John O'Grady

COL John A. O’Grady was born and raised in New York and attended the United States Military Academy where he was an NCAA, Division I, Lacrosse Player for four years. He graduated and was commissioned an Officer in the United States Army. 

John is now the Founder and Owner of, O’Grady Leadership Consulting Services, where he works with high performing and high potential individuals, executives, coaches, players, teams and organization to become the very best version of themselves. He has most recently worked with C-Suite Executives and Board of Directors from the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the New York Jets, the Major League Lacrosse championship winning Chesapeake Bayhawks, Inter-Collegiate Men’s Lacrosse Association, Georgetown Women’s Lacrosse, Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Wagner College Football, and Georgetown Preparatory School Boys Lacrosse.  
Previously, he commanded at every level from battery (150 people) through brigade level (3.5K people) culminating most recently with command of the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery (DIVARTY). Additionally, he trained and led a 500-person unit for a year-long combat deployment where his unit earned the Presidential Unit award for extraordinary performance and heroism. He has worked with US Special Operations Forces on missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

He served in multiple staff assignments; his last assignment was as the Chief, Collective Unit and Organizational Training for the 1.1B person US Army where he advised C-Suite leadership on the alignment, allocation, and implementation of a 14B dollar portfolio designed to maximize and sustain warfighting readiness. In doing so, he found 25M dollars to re-purpose toward executive directed higher priorities in modernization efforts.

COL O’Grady has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Additional overseas assignments include multiple tours in Germany and one in Turkey.

COL O’Grady holds two Master’s Degrees. His awards and decorations include but are not limited to 2 x Bronze Stars, 2 x Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge and Parachutist Badge.

As a coach, consultant, speaker, and mentor, John’s timeless leadership message inspires and challenges individuals, coaches, teams, and organizations to win sustainably by becoming the best versions of themselves. Coaches, athletes, corporations’ benefit from John’s empowering message and leader development program and workshops.