Dion Leonard has broken new barriers, achieved the unachievable and conquered the impossible: competing in extreme endurance races throughout some of the planets most inhospitable locations. Dion’s grit, tenacity, and a ‘Don’t Look Back’ attitude has led Dion to win on the racecourse and as a corporate senior sales and marketing leader with over two decades of experience with innovative and award winning multi-national companies.
His ability to interact his messages through business knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, sporting prowess and life changing situations combined with touches of kindness and gratitude is truly unique.
His amazing true story and incredible journey of Finding Gobi has since become a New York Times Bestseller, Sunday Times Bestseller and International Bestseller, printed in 21 languages which has also resulted in an upcoming movie due for release in early 2022. Dion has also written a Finding Gobi young readers edition, children’s picture book and most recently his latest book, a fiction book ‘Lara the Runaway Cat.’
His heartwarming and inspiring story will have you wanting more from life. Listen to his incredible life transformation, the ‘Don’t Look Back’ attitude and mindset to become the best you can be and how you too can achieve the unachievable.
Dion and Gobi have appeared around the world on media appearances and in the United States on; CNN, Good Morning America, ESPN, CBS, Fox, ABC, BBC and been interviewed by Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today and been featured on NPR. Dion has been invited to speak at motivational, inspirational, and corporate events ranging from hosting Duke of Edinburgh awards with Prince Edward, Ted X, literature festivals, solo theatre events, international and public schools, universities, and animal charity ceremonies.
Dion found the further he ran, the tougher the challenge, the more he learned to harness the power to overcome any obstacle in front of him and use those learnings from day to day life to the corporate world which Dion shares:
- Leading with Intent, Purpose & Perseverance to Achieve Success
- Being YOU and Becoming the Best YOU
- Building Growth & Momentum – Finding Your Why
One act of kindness would change Dion’s life forever during an endurance race in the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog ran with him forming an unbreakable bond that would become the ultimate challenge and their epic adventure would change both of their lives forever. Dion’s story became a global phenomenon leading him to become a ‘New York Times’ bestselling author of ‘Finding Gobi’ with a Hollywood movie in production. From his inspiring & motivational life-changing experience Dion shares:
- Overcoming Adversity & Achieving Against the Odds
- Don’t Look Back – Achieve the Unachievable
- Amplifying Mindset and Positive Attitude
“Thank you so much for your eloquent, articulated and inspiring talk for the inaugural Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh, ‘Masters of Influence’ lecture series. The audience response was absolutely stratospherically positive and your motivation and the strength, determination and commitment to succeed under tough circumstances was something the business community truly learnt from.
Thank you also for your continued support of the ‘Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’ through your generous contribution at the event. May you and Gobi grow from strength to strength in sharing your amazing story with others around the world.
—Professor Joe Goldblatt – Queen Margaret University
Author, Speaker, Consultant, Dean, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Hall of Fame Induction
“Your talk was interesting, entertaining, poignant and contained some very relevant messages for the audience around why you do what you do and the repercussions of a single act of kindness.
My daughter loves her signed book (I am afraid she is more impressed with the Gobi pawprint than your autograph) and Alison (one of our research nurses)’s son has already read and taken his book into school for show and tell! The informal feedback we have had around the conference has been amazing: ‘best conference I have been to for years’ ‘one of the best conferences I’ve attended’ ‘high quality, interesting speakers’. Thanks for being our Keynote Speaker and making the event such a huge success.”
—Dr. Matt Reed. Director of Emerge, Consultant, NRS Career Research Fellow & Honorary
Reader in Emergency Medicine”
“I wanted to reach out to you to say wholehearted thank you for the amazing speech you gave the IDEXX International Marketing team last week in Edinburgh. Already when we read the book we knew that we had found an incredible story of profound passion, purposefulness and persistence, and when we listened to you, and saw Gobi roaming around the room making friends with every one of us, all hearts melted. We laughed and cried with you, and flew back home with lots inspiration – all of us had a lesson to take away and reflect upon from your life story. For people with passion for animals and outstanding performance, reading your book and listening to your speech is a must, and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to spend some time with the two of you.”
—Laszlo Szilvagyi, Director International Strategic Marketing – IDEXX Global Marketing
“Dion’s visit to Lafayette was a hit. We had 250 people for the night program here at the library, which is a great deal more than we expected. The next day he saw more than 1,100 students between the 2 schools. All in all, a great visit. Dion is so easy to work with and we all enjoyed his talk. I should say 3 talks as I was there for all 3 of them. Dion’s life has changed dramatically since that race in 2016 and Dion inspired all in how his difficult childhood life was like and what his life is now! I would highly recommend Dion to come and share his heartwarming and inspiring story with you all.”
—Kathy Mulloy – Librarian, Lafayette Public Library, Louisiana. USA.
“Dion and Gobi were highly inspirational. Dion told their beautiful story so well and Gobi was a dream on stage. They highly captivated our entire primary school students and teachers – we loved their visit. The presentation has provided excellent opportunities for us to make strong links between their story, our international curriculum as well as the values and principles we endeavour to promote at the International School of Geneva. Thank you Dion and Gobi, you were truly inspiring.”
—Briony Johnson – Teacher, International School of Geneva. Switzerland.