- New York Times bestselling author of "It's Not Just Who You Know"
- Former Business Partner Sales Manager at IBM/Lotus Development
Tommy Spaulding is president of his own firm that focuses on national leadership development, speaking, training, consulting and executive coaching organization. A world-renowned speaker on leadership, Spaulding has spoken to hundreds of organizations, associations, schools, and corporations around the globe. His new book, It’s Not Just Who You Know (Transform Your Life and Your Organization...read the rest
Tommy Spaulding is president of his own firm that focuses on national leadership development, speaking, training, consulting and executive coaching organization. A world-renowned speaker on leadership, Spaulding has spoken to hundreds of organizations, associations, schools, and corporations around the globe. His new 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 Random House, is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today national bestseller.
Spaulding rose to become the youngest president and CEO of the world-renowned leadership organization, Up with People (2005-2008). In 2000, Tommy Spaulding founded Leader’s Challenge, which grew to become the largest high school civic and leadership program in the state of Colorado. He is also the founder & president of a non-profit leadership development organization which runs the National Leadership Academy, a national high school summer leadership academy, as well as Kid’s Challenge, Global Challenge and Colorado Close-Up.
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 (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), where he was a Colorado Trust Fellow. In 2007, Spaulding received an Honorary PhD in Humanities from the Art Institute of Colorado. In 2002, he received 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. Spaulding is the Chairman of East Carolina University’s External Leadership Advisory Board and is the university’s first “Leader in Residence.”read less
Tommy Spaulding in Media
Tommy is the most dynamic speaker I have ever known.
- George B. Forsythe, Ph.D., President, Westminster College
We have had outside speakers come to our National Sales Meetings for years. It honestly has been somewhat “hit or miss”. But Tommy was a “home-run”! His message really resonated with our team.
- Bill Rhodes, Chairman & CEO, AutoZone
Tommy connected. His story teaches two key lessons, the power of humility and how emotive leadership is a necessary element of a high performance culture. Better still – he is an engaging speaker and simply great fun!
- Roger Eaton — CEO KFC Global
You hit a spot in our hearts about getting better at giving to others.
- Dave Lockton, Chairman, Lockton
Making Change Through Quality by Tommy Spaulding, Business Speaker
Whenever I visit with the principal of a high school, I make it a point to ask one unusual question: What do you do with the change? Just about every high school in America has a line item in its budget for vending machines. Those machines might offer Coke, they might offer Pepsi, or they might offer vitamin water. But… ... read more