Chris Tompkins

Alumni Spotlight – Chris Tompkins, TEDx Talk

Eller PDC Coordinator Alumni Stories

Chris Tompkins was a Marketing major and graduated in 2000. He is now a Teacher, Speaker, and a Spiritual Life Coach in Los Angeles, CA. 

Tell us about your job. In 2013, I started a blog called, A Road Trip to Love, writing about and sharing the transformation I was experiencing in my own life. I felt like I had a message to share with the world, so my writing turned into speaking and teaching. The blog has since become a business where I help others connect to their purpose and live happier and healthier lives.

I believe connecting with our spirituality, loving ourselves, and taking full responsibility for our lives is where our strength lies at the deepest level. It’s also the only way to experience true and lasting success. I use these principals to teach intrapersonal development, self-empowerment and confidence building throughout Southern California and nationwide. My work brings me to conferences, universities, high schools, after-school programs, LGBT centers, and LA’s Central Juvenile Hall.

What do you enjoy most about your job and/or company? The thing I enjoy most about my job is that it makes me feel alive, I’m being utilized to my fullest potential, I learn and grow everyday, it’s challenging but worthwhile, it’s creative, and I feel like I’m making a positive contribution to the planet. I also get what I call the “chill factor” when I work. Where I literally get the chills while I’m speaking, teaching, or sharing something I’m passionate about.

Why did you choose to work for your company? I chose to start my own business because I felt like I had something to share with the world. I believe we’re capable of achieving anything we believe is possible for ourselves. Sharing that belief with others and helping them achieve it for themselves, while doing work that is near and dear to my heart, wasn’t something I ever imagined I’d be doing. However, it’s been the most fulfilling process of my life.

What is your fondest Eller memory? My fondest memory of Eller was being a part of the BPA Student Council (at least that’s what it was called while I was an undergrad…many moons ago). I learned so much about Eller, being a professional business student, and it helped prepare me for life outside of college. I credit my entire undergraduate experience at Eller for having given me the professional skills I needed in the world; however, it was through the personal relationships I developed in the BPA Student Council that really impacted me as both a student, as well as a professional.

What advice do you have for Eller students seeking a similar career path (or in general)? The biggest piece of advice I’d give anyone is that true and lasting success comes from within. Regardless of your professional pursuits, dreams, or desires, your level of happiness will come from how much you give, not get. The more you give in life, the more you’ll gain. And lastly, believe in yourself. Not only will you benefit from believing in yourself, but the entire world will as well.

Anything else you would like to share about your career? I currently serve on LA’s PFLAG Speaker’s Bureau and am part of LA’s Youth Advocacy Coalition. My ultimate mission is to help prevent homophobia and bullying before they begin. For more information, click here to watch my 2017 TEDx Talk, “What Children Learn From the Things They Aren’t Told.” For more information about my work and journey, visit or find me on Twitter and Instagram: @aroadtriptolove