Roy Spence, Founder, Chairman and CEO
GSD&M Idea City and The Purpose Institute
Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company.
He is also Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Along with Haley Rushing, Roy co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, “It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business is Driven by Purpose.” And, most recently he authored “The 10 Essential Hugs of life,” a collection of heartwarming reminders about the need for gratitude, love and goodness.
Under Roy’s leadership, his agency has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands like “Don’t Mess with Texas,” Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, DreamWorks, the PGA TOUR, BMW, the U.S. Air Force, L.L.Bean and the Clinton Foundation. Roy has been a trusted advisor to legendary leaders including Sam Walton and Southwest Airlines founder, Herb Kelleher. His counsel has also been sought by U.S. presidents and leaders in the State Department.
Roy has received a lifetime achievement award from the Austin Advertising Federation and was named Adman of the Century by Texas Monthly magazine. He was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2012.
Roy is also a Gallup Senior Adviser working with their teams on global strategy and on the mission and purpose of the most important companies and institutions in the world. He is Gallup’s expert on Purpose. In addition, Roy is a marketing and communications advisor of the National Advisory Council for the Trust for the National Mall.
Roy’s passion is entrepreneurship. He deeply believes that entrepreneurship is the miracle of America. His mantra is “Don’t Do Mild” in work or life; follow your dreams, follow your passion, and follow your purpose.
Roy is a member of the board of directors of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and the recently formed Markle Initiative for America’s Economic Future in a Networked World initiative. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin. Roy and his wife Mary have three children, Courtney, Ashley and Shay.
Co-Founder, GSD&M / President and Co-Founder, The Purpose Institute
Over 40 years ago, Judy Trabulsi and college friends founded GSD&M, an advertising agency from humble beginnings representing local Austin businesses. Since then, the agency’s client roster grew to include some of the world’s most respected brands including MasterCard, Southwest Airlines, DreamWorks, BMW, AT&T and Walgreens.
Judy is now applying her innovative approach to communications and her renowned expertise in organizational culture as the president and co-founder of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm dedicated to helping people and organizations discover, articulate and live their purpose.
Judy has been lauded by communications industry watchers over the years: Newsweek recognized her as one of the “Nation’s Top 100 Agency Media Directors,” Advertising Age named her as one of a handful of “Media Mavens” and in 2007 the Austin Advertising Federation honored Judy with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
The motto Judy learned from her entrepreneur father – “The Value of Relationships and the Relationship of Value” – remains her guiding principle today.
Judy is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and serves on the Seton Fund Board of Trustees, and is an advisory board member on the Center for Public Policy Priorities Board of Directors, the Caritas Community Advisory Board.
Haley Rushing, Chief Purposologist
The Purpose Institute
Haley Rushing is the Chief Purposologist and co-founder of The Purpose Institute in Austin, Texas. As Chief Purposologist, Haley leads a team of people who act as organizational therapists, anthropologists and investigators dogged in their pursuit of uncovering the purpose at the heart of an organization. Over the past few years, the requests for Haley to help organizations discover their purpose have grown, and the clients who have embraced doing business on purpose have prospered. As a result, she and Roy founded The Purpose Institute—an organization dedicated to helping clients discover and articulate their purpose and values in the world. She has personally led the charge to discover and bring to life the values and purpose for some of the most purpose-driven organizations in the world: The American Red Cross, Wal-Mart, Southwest Airlines, Whole Foods Market, Univision, American Council on Education, Texas A&M, Norwegian Cruise Line and the great state of Louisiana.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Haley holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and studied alternative dispute resolution at The Wharton School of Business.