Raising Children Who Know Where They’re Going

Tom Spence, President of Spence Media

Tom Spence, President of Spence Media

We all know young people who are confidently stepping into adult life impressively equipped with the strength of character and psychological equilibrium to give of themselves in a life of service to their families, friends, and colleagues. These are young men and women with a powerful interior compass—young adults who although they may not yet know where they are going professionally, are nevertheless striding into a future that they view with optimism and confidence. What kinds of families produce such attractive individuals?

Tom Spence offers encouraging advice for ordinary fathers facing the extraordinary task of building great families. The challenges we face are serious, but each man has some powerful weapons at his disposal. The Leadership Forum invites you to a morning of target practice.

About the Speaker

Tom Spence is president of Spence Media in Dallas, Texas, a publicity service for publishers, think tanks, and policy organizations. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he earned a law degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s in history from Harvard. In 1996 he founded Spence Publishing Company, known for its fresh, often provocative books on politics and culture. He has been featured in Publishers Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Dartmouth Review, Insight, and the Washington Times and has written for the Dallas Morning News and the American Enterprise.

Tom and his wife, Amy, have six sons and four daughters. Tom has spoken on marriage and child-rearing to groups in Boston, Washington, Houston, and Dallas.


When: Friday, September 11, 2009, 7:30 - 8:45 AM
Where: Putnam Investments, One Post Office Square