With over 30 years of global leadership expertise, Tony Bridwell has dedicated his life to inspiring, motivating and empowering employees to realize their highest potential.
He currently serves as Chief People Officer for RYAN LLC, a global leader in the tax services industry. His focus, as head of the global human resource practice, is on enhancing, communicating, and driving RYAN'S award-winning culture to support the firm’s strategic vision while also gaining greater competitive advantage by attracting developing, and retaining the most talented tax professionals in the industry.
His previous roles include Senior Partner for the global consulting firm, Partners in Leadership, where he worked with some of the top organizations around the world helping maximize their cultures to exceed business objective and deliver greater shareholder value, as well as former CPO for Brinker International, where Mr. Bridwell led a global team of more than 60,000 people. His work transforming the Brinker culture to the next level garnered him the highest recognition from his peers in the industry. In fact, he was selected as 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 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. He 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. Additionally, 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.
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 transplant throughout much of Texas.
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), The KingMaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose (June 2016) and The Newsmaker, A leadership Story of Honor and Love (February 2018)
He currently resides with his family in Dallas, TX.