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Tommy Spaulding | Money Tales Podcast Guest
Money Tales

Talking About Money from the Heart, with Tommy Spaulding


In this episode of Money Tales, we talk with New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and nationally acclaimed speaker, Tommy Spaulding. Tommy discusses the idea of having a money mentor, how he and his wife approach money in their family and the importance of spending his time and money helping youth become impactful leaders.

Stick around for the financial insight we have for you at the end of the interview. The insight picks up on the conversation with Tommy about some ideas for how to approach financial parenting.

Tommy Spaulding is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned thought leader, inspirational speaker and leadership coach for over a 1000 organizations around the globe. Tommy is the founder of Tommy Spaulding Companies, a leadership development, speaking, training and executive coaching firm based in Denver, Colorado. Over the last 20 years, Spaulding has spoken to thousands of organizations, associations, educational institutions and corporations around the globe.

Tommy’s 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, quickly climbed to the top of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today’s national bestseller lists. His latest book, The Heart-Led Leader, also published by Penguin Random House, is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal national bestseller, and was also listed on’s Top 100 Business Books.

Tommy rose to become the youngest President & CEO of the world-renowned leadership organization, Up with People. In 2000, he 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, Tommy was the Business Partner Sales Manager at IBM/Lotus Development and a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from East Carolina University in 1992; an M.B.A. from Bond University in Australia in 1998, where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar; and an M.A. in Non-Profit Management from Regis University in 2005. In 2006, Tommy was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by East Carolina University (ECU) and in 2007, he 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, 80,000: 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.


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