Jason Illian is a multi-talented national speaker, successful corporate executive, and television personality. For the last decade, he has toured the U.S., sharing the message that romantic love is built upon God's unconditional love. He has addressed young adults in both colleges and churches, as well as corporations and government entities, including the U. S. House and the Senate.
He garnered national attention in 2005 when, as a contestant on ABC's The Bachelorette, he shocked pop culture with his refreshing stand on sex and intimacy. Irritated by the lack of values portrayed on the show, Illian said that he “went on the program to show love rather than to find it” and to state that he was “saving himself for marriage.” Comments like those earned him respect from some viewers and made him an anomaly on the reality TV circuit. He was mocked in the media, lampooned by Leno, and eventually dismissed from The Bachelorette. Illian reports that the backlash was worthwhile since his appearance on the program allowed him to share with 20 million people instantly the message he has spent the last ten years communicating to smaller audiences during speaking appearances all around the country.
In Undressed: The Naked Truth about Love, Sex, and Dating, published by Time Warner, Illian explains how persons “meat” others in their dating relationships. Asserting that “Love isn’t about undressing our bodies—it is about undressing our hearts,” he presents the Five Commandments of Dating and the Three Commandments of Breaking Up. Illian guides readers through the perils of finding true love by tackling touchy subjects such as oral sex, slaying sacred cows held over from Sunday school (such as group dating), and confronting men for being lazy and too focused on the physical part of relationships. He draws on his years of experience in dating and dumping (both as dumper and dumpee) and his own broken engagement to deliver a memorable and meaningful message. He argues that changes in the way men and women handle their romantic relationships has broad implications for their society and culture. He says, “The majority of our problems can be whittled down to how we handle relationships, particularly the romantic kind. It is time that we begin to peel away the layers of fear, ignorance, and pride to address the issues that are dividing our nation.”
Illian brings a wealth of experiences to his listeners. A magna cum laude graduate from Texas Christian University with a BBA in international finance, he continued his studies with the London School of Economics. He was named one of the top 20 students in America by USA Today, was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, and was an NCAA Academic All-American while captain of the TCU football team. After working for a multi-billion dollar investment management firm, Illian co-founded an executive management company and trained with the prestigious Stagen Institute, a nationally-recognized transformational leadership institute dedicated to coaching executives and entrepreneurs. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he attends Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.