Leading Through the Power of Relationship
Tommy Spaulding’s career is built on valuable, authentic relationships. More than an expert on networking, he inspires his audiences through his personal stories of connecting with individuals on a level that is more than “business-card” deep.
Spaulding is the author of the bestselling book, It’s Not Just Who You Know (Transform Your Life and Your Organization by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships), as well as his most recent title, The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading from the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life, which is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal national bestseller. In The Heart-Led Leader, Spaulding discusses the “18 Inch Journey” which is the distance from your head to your heart.
Spaulding rose to become the youngest president and CEO of the world-renowned leadership organization, Up with People, a global education organization which aims to bring the world together through service and music, from 2005-2008.
In 2000, Spaulding founded Leader’s Challenge, which became the largest high school civic and leadership program in Colorado. He is also the founder and president of the National Leadership Academy, a leading national non-profit 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.
Spaulding received a BA in Political Science from East Carolina University; an MBA from Bond University in Australia (where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar); and an MA in Non- Profit Management from Regis University. In 2007, Spaulding received an Honorary PhD in Humanities from the Art Institute of Colorado.
Among his awards and recognitions, Spaulding received an Honorary PhD in Humanities from the Art Institute of Colorado, and the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40 Award.”
In 2006, Spaulding was awarded East Carolina University’s “Outstanding Alumni Award,” the highest distinction awarded to an alumnus of the university. In 2009, he was appointed the university’s first “Leader in Residence.” In 2012, he was named by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the Best Keynote Speakers in the USA.