Tommy Spaulding is the Founder & President of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development, speaking, training, and executive coaching firm based in Denver, Colorado. A world-renowned speaker on leadership, Spaulding 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. His new book, The Heart-Led Leader, published by Penguin Random House in October, 2015 is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal national bestseller and was also listed on Inc.com’s Top 100 Business Books of 2015.
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. In September, 2012 Spaulding 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.
Peter Dunn a.k.a. Pete the Planner® is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial mind. He’s a USA TODAY columnist, the author of ten books, and is the host of the popular radio show The Pete the Planner Show on the largest talk radio station in Indiana. Pete has appeared regularly on CNN Headline News, Fox News, Fox Business, and Good Morning America as well as numerous nationally syndicated radio programs.
From the age of 12 Pete has known he would be in financial services in some capacity. It all started with a stock market project in 6th grade. He did terrible in the market on the project, but it didn’t matter. He was hooked on the way money impacted people’s behavior.
In 2005 Peter started Pete the Planner® Financial Wellness with the aim of not only providing employees with resources and educational materials about their personal finances, but to also help employers foster engaged and productive employees who aren’t financially stressed. Since its inception, Pete has spoken to hundreds of thousands of employees all across the country inspiring and motivating them to take action and change their financial lives. Pete expertly blends comprehensive financial literacy with a focus on taking action and making big financial changes.
Pete’s role in the media has grown over the last 11 years, from Indy Star columnist and radio show host to a column in USA Today which is syndicated in over 40 papers and a popular podcast, The Million Dollar Plan. Pete has been recognized both locally and nationally for his work as a comedian, writer, and speaker. He lives in Carmel, IN with his wife and two young children.
Joel T. Allison retired from his position as president and chief executive officer of Baylor Scott & White Health in February 2017, after more than four decades in health care management. He joined Baylor Health Care System in 1993 and served as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer before being promoted to president and CEO in 2000. In October 2013, he was named CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, following the merger with Scott & White Healthcare. For more than two decades, he worked to grow the system from a few hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, and other entities in the DFW metroplex to 48 hospitals and more than 1,000 patient access points across North and Central Texas.
Currently, Mr. Allison is special advisor to the chairman of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees, Jim L. Turner. In this role, Mr. Allison advises the board chairman in the areas of advocacy, philanthropy and medical education.
Mr. Allison is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has received numerous recognitions during his career for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the health care field. He was ranked consistently by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Most Influential People in Healthcare,” alongside other national health care thought leaders and policymakers. Additionally, he was the recipient of D CEO Magazine’s 2016 Excellence in Healthcare “Lifetime Achievement Award” and was named the publication’s 2014 “CEO of the Year” — the first health care CEO and the first CEO of a not-for-profit to ever achieve the honor.
During his career, Mr. Allison served on the boards of the Healthcare Leadership Council and United Surgical Partners, International, in addition to serving as past chairman of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board, the Dallas Regional Chamber Board and the Dallas Citizens Council Board. He has also been involved in many other state and local organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, Texas Association of Voluntary Hospitals, Texas Care Alliance, Baylor University Board of Regents, Dallas Citizens Council and the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture.
Mr. Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and religion from Baylor University in 1970, a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in 1973, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
He and his wife of 48 years, Diane, have a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.
Founder and President of LeadershipTraq
MICK UKLEJA empowers leaders to optimize their Millennial talent and equips them to excel in their professional and personal life. Mick is an author, speaker and generational strategist. He writes and speaks on engaging Millennials at work. He is the co-author of Managing The Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce, 2nd Edition (Wiley), which is used in corporate training and business schools. His focus is on bridging the understanding gap and helping generations work better together. Mick has also co-authored Who Are You? What Do You Want? :Four Questions That Will Change Your Life and The Ethics Challenge: Strengthening Your Integrity in a Greedy World.
As the co-founder of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach, he directs and promotes ethics across the curriculum. Mick is also an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Concordia University.
Mick keynotes across the country on issues relating to generational diversity, leadership and personal productivity. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business. He has worked with entrepreneurs and corporate executives of both profit and nonprofit organizations. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Astronauts Memorial Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center, which oversees the Center for Space Education.
Jenné Fromm is a nationally renowned speaker and leadership consultant whose offbeat humor, personal stories, and insight, trigger sensible ideas for meaningful changes in her audiences. When she’s not fulfilling her passion through teaching, speaking, or writing, Jenné is usually training for her next multi-sport event or traveling. Her journeys have taken her far and wide – from Russia, to Spain, to Mt. Kilimanjaro. Jenné thrives on helping people do the thing they think they cannot do and become the best version of themselves.