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. Tommy Spaulding was named by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the 100 MOST FAVORITE SPEAKERS in the nation. Tommy’s genuine love of people has led him to a lifetime of teaching others the value of building deep, lasting and authentic relationships. His heart-led leadership philosophy will inspire leaders and organizations to build cultures of serving others while achieving unprecedented results. Tommy’s new book, ,000: How the Power of Positive Influence can Change the People we Love and Lead…and the World, , will be released by Penguin Random House in the fall of 2021.
Tommy resides in the Denver metro area with his wife and children.
- Custom Tailored Program
Request a custom keynote address or training session drawing on different aspects of the keynote topics above that interest you and to meet your meeting and event goals and objectives. Tommy Spaulding is known for walking his talk—in other words, he likes to build relationships with his clients. No canned speeches allowed! Feel free to let us know if you have a specific interest area or would like to mix it up and merge topics. Tommy prides himself in creating a keynote that fits the audience.
- Achieving Organizational Excellence
Empower and elevate yourself and others around you by transforming your approach with people. This is not a keynote address that espouses the merits of good networking. In fact, it discourages it. Spaulding provides real examples and strategies for elevating your current personal and business relationships and how to launch new ones in the spirit of giving rather than taking. In this keynote, Spaulding explores the nine essential traits that empower audiences to reach their full potential through a bold approach called “netgiving.” Netgiving is about intentionally making business personal and as a result, facilitating personal performance and realization of goals.
- Team Building: Improve Employee Morale, Reduce Turnover and Mobilize Your Teams
Unengaged employees cost companies and organizations billions of dollars. Research tells us that employees who don’t have relationships on the job will negatively impact the bottom line. If we are to build sustainable organizations in a modern economy, we must differentiate ourselves by building meaningful ties with and among employees. Spaulding demonstrates a helpful “first through fifth floor” analogy for evaluating your business relationships and has audiences looking at their workplace with a different lens—a lens that sheds new light on how to mobilize their colleagues and inspire shared success.
- 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 the “Laws of Influence and Elevation.”
- Return on Relationships (ROR) Training
Results in every organization are driven by people. Understanding how to deepen your relationships with your team, your boss, your customers and your community is essential for delivering exponentially better results. 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 (ROI), Spaulding argues that profit and relationships are interdependent. Our focus should be on Return on Relationships (ROR). When we are truly focusing on relationships, the bottom line goals come more easily. The success of any organization is grounded in the formation of sustainable connections. Learn how relationship capital throughout your organization can maximize your employees’ potential and truly impact your bottom line. Participants Learn:
•Why ROR is the new currency driving ROI
•Five Floors of relationships and how to use them with your team and clients
•How to build relationship capital with co-workers and clients
•Understand the fifth floor leaders mindset of netgiving versus networking
•A game plan for building relationships that are genuine and authentic with lifelong sustainability
- Heart-Led Leader Training Program
Based on the book the Heart-Led Leader by Tommy Spaulding, this training will help you define your leadership philosophy, which is the most important decision you can make as a leader. Learn the 18 essential Leadership Traits and build your awareness and skill at implementing them in your work. It’s an 18-inch journey that will help you become a game-changing leader…for life! The training can be done at your workplace or an off-site location. It is stimulating and geared for active participation by your staff. Participants will be challenged as they learn more about the 18 leaders featured in the book, whose game-changing stories help illustrate the way of the Heart-Led Leader. Participants will not only be inspired, but leave with hearts filled with love and heads packed with the practical knowledge to put this into action on a daily basis. A full-day training program is available, consisting of these sessions:
•Part 1: Defining your Leadership Philosophy
•Part 2: Learning the 18 Leadership Traits of a Heart-Led Leader
•Part 3: Identifying and communicating purpose
•Part 4: Committing to a culture of serving others
•Part 5: Applying and putting into action Heart-Led Leader principles