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Tommy Spaulding is the founder and president of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development, speaking, training, and executive coaching firm based in Denver, Colorado. A renowned speaker on leadership, Tommy 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. Tommy’s most recent book, The Heart-Led Leader, published by Penguin Random House, is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal national bestseller and was also listed on Inc. Magazine’s “Top 100 Business Books of 2015.”
Early in his career, Tommy joined the leadership organization Up with People, and rose to become its youngest president and CEO. In 2000, Tommy founded Leader’s Challenge, the largest high school civic and leadership program in the state of Colorado. He is also the founder and 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, Tommy 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, Tommy was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by East Carolina University (ECU) and in 2007, he received an Honorary Ph.D. in Humanities from the Art Institute of Colorado. Tommy was named by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the 100 Most Favorite Speakers in the nation. Tommy resides in the Denver metro area with his wife and children.