Meghan O’Leary

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In the “The Power of One Day” Meghan O’Leary shares her experience going from working a desk job to becoming an Olympian in a sport she had never tried in only six years. Her journey reminds us of the possibilities within our reach and the limitless potential of each day.


Meghan O’Leary is a 2016 Olympian and four-time National Team member of the United States Rowing Team. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana., she was a two-sport student athlete (Volleyball, Softball) and Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. After obtaining both her Bachelor’s (CLAS ’07) and Master’s (M.Ed ’08) from UVA, she worked for ESPN in Production and Programming for five years. In 2010, O’Leary’s career took a dramatic turn after picking up rowing for the first time and falling in love with the sport. By 2011, she joined the USRowing National Training Center in Princeton, N.J. and most recently represented Team USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. In addition to her rowing career, Meghan serves on the USRowing Board of Directors and is the Vice President of Customer Success with InstaViser, Inc.

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