I've learned I'm less effective leading when I try to be perfect. Effective leaders show vulnerability in their imperfections.
Tony Bridwell is a highly recognized thought leader in corporate culture, learning and development, and human resources with more than 25 years of global leadership expertise inspiring, motivating, and empowering employees to realize their highest potential. In his current role as Chief People Officer for RYAN LLC, a global leader in tax services, he leads the global human resource practice. His focus is on enhancing, communicating, and driving Ryan’s award-winning culture to support the Firm’s strategic vision while gaining greater competitive advantage by attracting, developing, and retaining the most talented tax professionals and associates in the industry. In his most recent role as a senior partner for the global consulting firm, Partners in Leadership, he worked with some of the top organizations in the world helping maximize their cultures to meet and exceed business objectives and deliver greater shareholder value. As the former Chief People Officer of Brinker International, Mr. Bridwell led a global team in support of more than 60,000 people. His work transforming the Brinker culture to the next level garnered him the highest acclaim and recognition from his peers in the industry. He is an accomplished author, speaker and consultant in the work of purpose and culture and brings hands-on experience as a practitioner of maximizing high-functioning cultures. Mr, Bridwell was selected the 2015 HR Executive of the Year by Dallas HR (the local SHRM affiliate) and won the 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR.
Tony has been a facilitator and featured speaker for organizations within North America, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Italy, Belgium, Egypt, China, Thailand, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Leaders seek and thrive on his high energy and captivating style. Aside from presenting and facilitating summits and keynotes for organizations, he has been the featured speaker for multiple conferences and associations, including the CHRO Exchange, Dallas HR (SHRM), the HRSouthwest Conference, ATD San Diego, and the California Restaurant Association. Tony has also worked with executive leaders at some of the world’s most acclaimed organizations, such as Halliburton, Citibank, Baxter Healthcare, Coca-Cola, Morton’s Steakhouse, Whirlpool, OG&E, the Centers for Disease Control, and many more well-known international organizations.
Tony is the author of several articles and three books, The Difference Maker, A Simple Fable About Making A Difference In The Life of Others (August 2013) and The Kingmaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose (June 2016) and The Newsmaker, A Leadership Story of Honor and Love (February 2018) .
In addition to his professional commitments, Tony is dedicated to multiple organizations. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves on the board of directors for two non-profits: Taylor’s Gift Foundation, which advocates organ donation awareness, and Southwest Transplant Alliance, a non-profit organization that serves as the bridge between those who make the decision to donate their organs and those needing a life-saving organ transplant throughout much of Texas.
Tony resides with his family in Texas.