Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding

World renowned leadership speaker and former CEO of Up with People
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Tommy Spaulding’s keynote addresses inspire audiences and teach them how to achieve unprecedented professional and personal success by forming deeper, more authentic relationships with customers, employees, clients, and other key stakeholders. His sincerity, warmth, and humor unfailingly move his audiences, leaving them eager to put his ideas into action. With his inspirational yet practical delivery, Tommy shares heartwarming and humorous stories from life and business to illustrate how genuine and lasting relationships can grow your organization, advance your career, and change your world. Tommy’s approach to preparing keynote addresses mirrors his philosophy in life. He tailors every keynote with a focus on how each audience can benefit. He possesses a keen ability in relating each of his experiences and teaching topics to your particular group. His unique messages cover groundbreaking ideas, insights and take-away action items to immediately implement into life and business with topics such as:

18-Inch Journey - to Heart-Led Leadership:
18 Inches is the distance from your head to your heart. Such a short distance, yet most leaders never take the journey. Leaders and organizations that lead with their hearts are more successful and have better results than those that don't. Love and results are not opposites. They are two sides of the same coin. It is not love or results. It is love driven results. If you love what you do, if you love the people you do it with, if you love your culture, if you love your mission, if you love your team, if you love your customers- you will gain better results. Heart-led leadership transcends numbers and spreadsheets. It is more sustainable and more rewarding. Defining your leadership philosophy is one of the most important steps you can take as a leader and as an organization. The18-Inch journey will change your life and your organization. New York Times best-selling author Tommy Spaulding, one of America’s greatest story tellers, shares stories and leadership lessons of heart-led leaders that inspire audiences to live and lead differently. Based on the Best-selling book, The Heart- Led Leader

How investing in ROR – Return on Relationships can dramatically impact your bottom line and ROI:
It’s impossible to build a successful client base in a silo. In other words, relationships are not optional. Though economists talk only of Return on Investment or ROI, Spaulding argues that profit and relationships are interdependent. “Return on Relationships or ROR” is the currency we should focus on rather than solely on ROI, because if we are truly focusing on relationships, the bottom line goals come more easily. In this keynote, Spaulding shares his secrets behind the notion of “Return on Relationships or ROR,” leaving audiences ready to revolutionize their old methods and reach new heights in customer stability and loyalty. Based on the Best-selling book, It’s Not Just Who You Know

How to build genuine and authentic relationships:
How do we accomplish extraordinary things as leaders? The quality of our relationships determines whether we simply reach a goal or inspire greatness. The success of any organization is grounded in the formation of sustainable relationships. In this keynote, Spaulding illustrates how to build relationship capital throughout your organization so internal teams maximize their potential and external constituencies and stakeholders share your vision. Spaulding also explores groundbreaking leadership techniques such as building “Fifth Floor Teams,” and leveraging “Netgiving.” Based on the Best-selling book, It’s Not Just Who You Know

Why Book Tommy Spaulding?

  • Named as one of the best keynote speakers in the nation

  • Multi author who enjoys telling others the secrets to managerial prosperity

  • Former CEO, president, and/or founder of over Leadership oriented companies

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    Tommy Spaulding is the Founder & President of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development, speaking, training, and executive coaching firm based in Denver, Colorado. A world-renowned speaker on leadership, Spaulding has spoken to hundreds of organizations, associations, educational institutions, and corporations around the globe. His first book, It’s Not Just Who You Know: Transform Your Life and Your Organization by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships, published by Penguin Random House in 2010, quickly climbed to the top of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today national bestseller lists. His new book, The Heart-Led Leader, published by Penguin Random House in October, 2015 is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal national bestseller and was also listed on’s Top 100 Business Books of 2015.

    Spaulding rose to become the youngest President & CEO of the world-renowned leadership organization, Up with People. In 2000, Tommy founded Leader’s Challenge, which grew to become the largest high school civic and leadership program in the state of Colorado. He is the Founder & President of the Global Youth Leadership Academy as well as the National Leadership Academy, a leading national non-profit high school leadership development organization.

    Previously, Spaulding was the Business Partner Sales Manager at IBM/Lotus Development and a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. He received a BA in Political Science from East Carolina University (1992); an MBA from Bond University in Australia (1998), where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar; and an MA in Non-Profit Management from Regis University (2005).

    In 2006, Spaulding was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by East Carolina University (ECU) and in 2007, Spaulding received an Honorary PhD in Humanities from the Art Institute of Colorado. In September, 2012 Spaulding was named by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the 100 MOST FAVORITE SPEAKERS in the nation.

    Tommy now resides in the Denver Metro Area with his wife and children.

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    “Tommy’s message was extremely impactful to our group. He tailored the message to our attendees and the feedback was incredible. His ability to personalize the message and connect with our ‘best of the best’ was simply amazing. Tommy’s own sales experience added to his relating to the group.”
    --Marriott Vacations Worldwide

    “Tommy was instrumental in setting the tone for our national conference. He inspired our group to look at the value in every relationship. We received many calls of thanks from our attendees who truly took Tommy’s special message into their hearts.”
    --Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems

    “The interactions Tommy has had with my team have been transformational, to say the least! Tommy’s seminars and teachings are inspiring and allow the participant to begin incorporating new ideas and initiatives immediately.”
    --Ashford University

    "Tommy Spaulding’s speech inspired our leaders to focus on creating meaningful relationships with employees and guests in order to improve our business and their personal lives."
    --MGM Grand

    "Our whole group was engaged for every minute of Tommy’s talk. They laughed, they cried and 3 weeks later they are still talking about it. I still get e-mails thanking me for finding Tommy. Guys have passed the book on to their wives to read. There is not a better use of your company’s money when having a sales meeting if you want to impact an employee’s life."
    --Simpson Strong-Tie

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