Key Learning Center at CDS presents community forum “Leadership & Dyslexia” – Nov. 10th

October 6, 2015

Join world-renowned inspirational speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Tommy Spaulding, to Asheville as he shares his powerful message about true leadership, empowerment, and the impact dyslexia has had on his life.

Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center
One Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
FREE event
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Following Spaulding’s keynote address, share in a panel discussion with educational experts, parents, and children whose lives have been touched by dyslexia. Experts will share helpful information and parents and students will discuss their own experiences and answer questions from the audience. The community event is designed to encourage and inspire those who are dyslexic, those who teach children with language-based learning differences, and parents raising children with bright minds who see the world a little differently.

“Our intention in hosting this event is to bring a message of hope and encouragement to people identified as dyslexic and to emphasize the full picture of the dyslexic mind, with not only the multi-sensory learning needs and capabilities these minds have, but also the abilities and gifts of creativity and ingenuity they possess,” said Catherine Gay, Key School parent organizer and mother of a child with dyslexia. “We want people to know there is hope in overcoming academic challenges with a dyslexic mind, and we want to connect people at this event with the resources and organizations to help them do just that.”

Tommy Spaulding is founder and president of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. The former president and CEO of the global leadership organization, Up with People, Spaulding founded Leader’s Challenge, the largest high school leadership program in Colorado. He is president and founder of Spaulding Leadership Institute, which operates National Leadership Academy, Colorado Close Up, and Kid’s Challenge. His book, It’s Not Just Who You Know speaks to transforming your life and organization by turning colleagues and contacts into genuine, lasting relationships. Spaulding’s newly released book is called The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading from the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life. Key Learning Center at Carolina Day School is pre-selling the book for $30, with all proceeds supporting the event. Book signings are available after the program.

“We are excited to welcome such an accomplished and successful author and speaker; he is the perfect person to bring this message,” said Gay. “We are overwhelmed by the positive response in the community to this event and by the organizations, educators, physicians, and caring people who have offered their time to aid us with resources.”

“My hope for this event is that people will come away with a sense of inspiration,” said Key Learning Center Director of Teacher Training Concha Wyatt. “The message is that although dyslexia causes struggles with language-based learning skills, there are unique dyslexia mind strengths that should be developed and celebrated.” Key School at Carolina Day School’s approach to learning transforms students with language-based learning differences into high achievers and confident, capable learners.

To order a copy of Tommy Spaulding’s book, The Heart-Led Leader online, and to register for the November 10 event, visit