Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding

World renowned leadership speaker and former CEO of Up with People
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Heart-Led Leadership
Tommy shares inspirational stories and leadership lessons of heart-led leaders that move audiences to live and lead differently - business case studies that prove that love & results are two sides of the same coin and that living and leading from the heart will change your organization, your career and your life.

Return on Relationships
Economists talk about Return on Investments or ROI - Spaulding argues that profit and relationships are interdependent. Spaulding proves that building a culture of authentic and genuine relationships, or what he calls Return on Relationships, will not only increase the bottom line but also transform the culture of any organization.

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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