- About John -


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John helps people learn how to lead by serving others. His mission is to spread the word of the power of servant leadership while teaching others how to build influence in the lives of those around them. John has committed his entire time as a student, and now his professional career, toward helping people and organizations transform themselves into places that truly care about the well-being of others.  At a young age John began to learn first-hand that even a single person being intentional with their actions can create a tidal wave of positive change. In the past twenty years, John has worked with organizations, companies, teams, schools, and individuals on the topics of building influence, strengthening relationships, improving the climate and culture of organizations, and individual and group character development. John taught five servant-leadership classes everyday for a decade in Washington State and is the director of a servant-leadership focused camp for high school students each summer. John’s influence has spread throughout the city, region, state, and beyond.

Professional Background

John Norlin holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He is the Program Administrator for the Whole Child and Director of Student Leadership and Community Involvement for the Sumner School District in Sumner, Washington, the Owner of Norlin Consulting, and Co-Founder of CharacterStrong with Houston Kraft. John is also the Director for the AWSP Sponsored Mount Adams High School Leadership Camp each summer in Washington State.

People have recognized the amazing influence of John Norlin.  Amongst his many awards and recognition he was the 2014 WASA Community Leadership Award recipient. He was the 2011 WACA High School Student Leadership Activities Adviser of the year. In 2009, he was recognized by WSASCD as the Washington Outstanding Young Educator of the year, and in 2007 the community of Sumner awarded John with the Community Impact & Unsung Hero Award.


Accomplished Speaker

John is a gifted speaker, who has keynoted for organizations, companies, conferences,  assemblies, colleges, varsity teams, and parent groups. Over the last twenty years he has spoken to over 300,000 people, and over 400 individual organizations, schools and staffs, captivating all with his engaging and personal approach. Everyone who hears John leaves both inspired and challenged, equipped to make a positive difference in their organization or setting. As a result, he is quickly becoming one of the most sought after speakers in the corporate and education community. In addition to his work with companies and schools, John has Keynoted numerous conventions and workshops including the State of Hawaii’s Association of Student Leaders State Conference, the Washington Family and Consumer Science Teachers’ state convention, University of Washington Student Leaders Workshop, Baylor University, Gonzaga University, University Athletic Departments, and the Washington Activity Coordinator Association Conference to name a few.


Husband & Father

I married the love of my life, Lindsay Norlin, on July 1, 2011. I met this amazing gal while both of us were teaching at Sumner High School. Her compassion and love for people is the most beautiful quality about her. She makes me want to be a better husband, father and man each day.

On July 13, 2013 little Brent Norlin made his grand entrance into our worlds and life hasn't been the same since. I like to think he's got the assertiveness of myself (which doesn't always serve his parents well at 3 years old) and the tenderness of his mom (thank goodness!). My life's mission is that he knows he is loved relentlessly and to love relentlessly...and to also continue to enjoy getting donuts with me every Saturday!