Bill Durkin, Founder of One Positive Place, is an inspirational speaker, teacher and coach.

For over 30 years, Bill has been helping successful leaders bring out the best in the people they work with, live with and serve. His unique and positive approach has produced results for over 40,000 leaders throughout the United States, Canada, England, South America, Spain and Africa.

W Clement Stone ImageBill began his speaking career working closely with W. Clement Stone. Mr. Stone built Combined Insurance into a billion dollar business and later merged with Ryan Insurance Group to form AON Corporation. He was the author of “Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude” and “The Success System That Never Fails.” He was also a philanthropist, donating over $500 million dollars to worthy causes during his lifetime and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He died in 2002 at the age of 100.

Bill worked for Mr. Stone’s non-profit organization and was responsible for teaching Positive Mental Attitude Programs to corporations and correctional facilities around the country.

In addition to Mr. Stone, the positive principles and philosophies he teaches have been influenced by the work of Warren Bennis, Marcus Buckingham, Kim Cameron, Mihily Checsentmehy, Alvin Cohn, Lloyd Conant, David Cooperrider, Stephen Covey, Barbara Fredrickson, Robert Greenleaf, Bill Hybels, Rushworth Kidder, Marty Seligman, and John Wooden.

Bill Durkin’s work is built on the new science of positivity, human strength and resilience. Read More

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Bill attended Loyola University on a basketball scholarship and graduated from their School of Business with a marketing degree.  He lives with his wife and two boys in Darien, Illinois.

Recognition as a Speaker and Leader

Bill was honored with the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. Less than 10 percent of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation hold this designation. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional competence. The letters CSP following a speaker’s name indicate a professional with proven experience who knows how to deliver results.

NSA CSP ImageThe Global Speakers Federation (GSF) is a global framework for independent speaking organizations to collectively serve the interests of their individual members while advancing the professional speaking community worldwide. The GSF is currently comprised of 10 independent speaker associations representing 13 nations and individuals from over 20 countries.

Members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines who reach audiences as speakers, trainers, educators, consultants, authors and more. Any expert who uses the spoken word to present content to an audience for a fee can join GSF.


metropolitan family services imageBill has been honored with the prestigious Gold LEAF Award from Metropolitan Family Services, recognizing his outstanding volunteer work that strengthens families and communities.


Community Service History

Bill has been president of two non-profit boards (Stauros USA & The National Speakers Association-Illinois Chapter), Chairman of the Corporate Network for the Association of Corporate Growth in Chicago, and was elected as an alderman in Darien, Illinois.

Stauros imageStauros U.S.A. helps people find meaning, hope and peace in the midst of suffering. Stauros addresses both the physical and spiritual needs of those who suffer, working together so that faith is strengthened and hope flourishes.

Member NSA imageThe National Speakers Association (NSA) is the premier organization for professional speakers. Since 1973, NSA has provided the most comprehensive resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession.

ACG Chicago imageACG Chicago is a leader in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) global network of over 12,000 professionals. The ACG Chicago mission is to be the premier network in Northern Illinois for experts and decision-making professionals focused on strategies for increasing stakeholder value. Bill was Chairman of the Corporate Network of ACG. The Corporate Network is comprised of senior executives of public and private companies throughout the Chicago area that foster strategic and organic growth.

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Elected and served four years as an alderman on the City Council in Darien, Illinois. The principal purpose of the council is to make decisions to help Darien continue to be a vibrant community where individuals, families and organizations thrive.

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Bill was one of the original members of A Safe Haven’s Advisory Board. A Safe Haven is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.

You can contact Bill Durkin at 630-215-5144 or