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General Session

Thursday, April 9
10:00–11:00 a.m

The Leader of the Future — Get Inspired!

John Spence has wowed audiences across the globe, but he’s also wowed ASAE audiences as a top-rated speaker at numerous ASAE events over the years. John has not had the opportunity to energize and inspire the attendees at the Springtime Expo — until now!Whether you are an up-and-coming leader or currently lead a staff team, John makes understanding what it takes to be a great leader easy. You are guaranteed to walk away inspired, with new ideas to help you take charge!

This thought-provoking session will help you understand what is required to be a highly effective leader. John will focus on the characteristics, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are key success factors of top leaders and why these traits attract willing followers. He’ll share with you why respect, vision, honesty, communication, teamwork, integrity, and ethics are all key factors of leaders now and in the future.

About John Spence

John Spence

John Spence

John Spence's Mission:


At the age of 26, Spence was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, Winthrop P. Rockefeller III. He left the foundation in his early 30’s as CEO of an international training and consulting firm and has been the owner or CEO of four additional companies.

Since 1994, Spence has presented workshops, speeches and coaching to more than 400 clients including Microsoft, Abbott, AbbVie, Apple, Coca-Cola, Qualcomm and dozens of private companies, associations and not-for-profits. Spence frequently speaks at the world’s most prestigious conferences where he addresses a wide range of business topics.

Spence is one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America, a Top 100 Global Thought Leader, a Top 100 Small Business Influencer in America and one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the world.

Spence is the author of five books and contributing author to several others. He has been a guest lecturer at more than 90 colleges and universities across the United States including Cornell, Stanford, and Wharton, and as a senior instructor in the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program. Spence serves as Executive in Residence at the University of Florida’s Warrington School of Business and as an advisor to a select group of startup companies.

Driven by relentless curiosity and a need for constant learning, John consumes a minimum of 100 business books, 30–50 audio books, and an abundance of digital information each year in order to distill the very latest trends and concepts into actionable ideas for his clients worldwide.

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