Dr. Thomas Epperson

President, Facilitator

Tom is the President of InnerWill Leadership Institute and has over twenty years of experience as a leadership coach, facilitator, and speaker, and regularly works with clients to help transform leaders and their organizations.

Tom is a certified business coach and has a Doctorate in Leadership from The George Washington University. Tom is currently an adjunct instructor in Virginia Commonwealth Universities’ Executive MBA Program.

Tom believes that leadership is a choice, not a title, and that our responsibility as leaders is to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us. Tom balances high expectations of himself and others with relentless optimism about the ability of individuals to make our organizations, families, and communities amazing places to live, work, and grow. Tom believes that leadership is a powerful force for good in the world, if we choose to do so; his personal mission in life is to help others develop the skills to make that choice more often than not.

Tom works hard to be a great husband and father; he’s married to a strong, creative woman and has two fantastic boys who have taught him that we can learn as much about ourselves and our leadership at home as we can at work.

Tom is a highly engaging and passionate speaker — he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his presentations and breaks down difficult concepts into real world examples. His goal is to provide audiences with practical skills to lead more effectively at work, at home, and in their communities. He does not take himself too seriously, and believes that we learn best when we are laughing and having a good time. Instead of downloading information, Tom engages audiences in a conversation about choices and how those choices can make a positive difference in the lives of others. Tom speaks on leadership, change, culture, and innovation — if the conversation involves human beings, he brings value based on a strong foundation of experience, education and passion.


“Dr. Epperson was the Keynote at our largest conference of the year. He was an amazing and engaging speaker! Our audience thoroughly enjoyed the session, many saying they would love to hear it again. Dr. Epperson and Innerwill were very helpful and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Dr. Epperson.”

– Cami Trainham, Marketing Manager, TCSC

“Tom is a dynamic speaker who gives equal attention to the practical realities facing leaders today, as he does to the inspiring vision for a better future that is in our grasp. Participants walk away with ideas they can immediately put into action to positively impact their work and the people around them. His content and delivery resonates with students, those early in their careers, and seasoned leadership veterans.”

– Greg McCann, Greg McCann Consulting

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