MARCH 29 - APRIL 1, 2020


Tony Bridwell

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, a leading global tax services and software provider, he leads the Global Human Resources 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. Ryan is an award-winning organization and has been recently ranked 52nd on the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list.  Additional awards include Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work for U.S. Large Employers, a 2019 Best Workplaces for Women in Canada, and Ryan again earned a top-20 honor on the Best Companies to Work for in Texas list.

In his most recent role as a senior partner for the global consulting firm, Partners in Leadership, Tony 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. 

Tony is an accomplished author, speaker, and consultant in the work of purpose and culture, and brings hands-on experience as a practitioner of maximizing highfunctioning cultures. Mr. Bridwell was selected 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 numerous organizations, he has been a featured speaker for multiple conferences and associations, including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, CHRO Exchange, Dallas HR (SHRM), the HRSouthwest Conference, HCI Employee Engagement Conference, HR Management Institute, and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. Tony has also worked with executive leaders at some of the world’s most acclaimed organizations, such as Halliburton, Citibank, Baxter Healthcare, Dell, Kimberly Clark, Kellogg’s, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, 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 four books, The Kingmaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose (June 2016); The Newsmaker, A Leadership Story of Honor and Love (February 2018); The Difference Maker, A Leadership Story of Faith and Friendship (June 2018); and The Changemaker, A Leadership Story of Courage and Character (April 2019). 

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 Southwest Transplant Alliance, a nonprofit 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.

Married 28 years with three grown children, Tony resides with his family in Texas.

Key Experience

  • Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Ryan, LLC
    • Former Senior Partner, Partners in Leadership (International Consulting Company)
    • Former Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Brinker International
  • Author of four books and numerous articles
    • The Kingmaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose  (June 2016)
    • The Newsmaker, A Leadership Story of Honor and Love  (February 2018)
    • The Difference Maker, A Leadership Story of Faith and Friendship (June 2018)
    • The Changemaker, A Leadership Story of Courage and Character  (April 2019)
  • 2015 HR Executive of the Year, Dallas HR
  • 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR
  • Board Member o Southwest Transplant Alliance
  • Speaker
    • 30 countries
    • 25 years of global leadership experience
  • Podcaster, weekly podcast heard on iTunes
    • Breakfast with Sis Podcast

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