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2023 GACE Conference

Keynote Speaker:   Dr. “Bowtie” Todd Jenkins


“Inclusion – The Oxygen to Move Mountains”

A time for self-reflection and self-discovery while focusing on self-care so we may identify how we show up in our spaces and what our mission statement is for our work. Dr. “Bowtie” will be walking us through our “DEIB resumes” and challenging us to think about how we build upon our resumes with takeaways from the conference.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jenkins is the Founder of Bowtie Leadership and Development, Inc., a global training, consultation, and coaching firm with a focus on bringing diverse people together to increase individual or organizational productivity and performance. Dr. Jenkins has more than ten years of experience as managing partner and chief diversity and inclusion executive, trainer, and strategist. His portfolio includes clients from various non-profits, small businesses, colleges and universities, and large corporations such as WalMart Inc., Verizon, Coca-Cola Inc, Tyson Foods, Inc., Kellogg’s, AT&T, Deloitte, Inc, Black Hills Energy Inc., Facebook, American Airlines, Amazon, Google, and Starbucks to name a few. Also, Dr. Jenkins has served in the role of a Fortune 100 Corporate Vice President leading global DEI. Throughout his consulting firm and keynotes, he has spoken to large crowds with over 30, 000 people in Korea and multiple engagements across the globe in South America, North America, Asia, and Europe. Bowtie Leadership and Development, Inc, senior partners and team has a combined 65 years of experience in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and training and development.

Dr. Jenkins is a proud alumnus of The University of South Carolina, where he graduated with high honors and received two undergraduate degrees, his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He earned his Master of Science from Illinois State University and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. Additionally, Dr. Jenkins completed his post- doctorate studies focus on “Leading Diverse Organizations” at Harvard University. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Jenkins serves on multiple boards in his local community, colleges and universities, and internationally through global organizations such as Rotary International.

Recently Dr. Jenkins was selected to be a part of NASA Astrophysics community of DEI practitioners’ inclusion panel. In addition, Dr. Jenkins is a 2022, and 2021 DEI Champion Awardee by the National Diversity and Leadership Council. In January 2020, Dr. Jenkins received recognition as a Top 25 Influencer in Business, along with names such as Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, state senators, and prestigious business leaders by Arkansas Money and Politics Magazine. In 2019, he was selected as one of the Top 100 Diversity and Inclusion Executives under 50 by DiversityMBA magazine, "40 under 40" by Arkansas Business Journal, Top 12 of Ones to Watch by Celebrate Magazine in 2017, the Rodney Momon Award recipient, Paul Harris Fellow, and included in the "30 under 30" 2016 list of Top Minority-Owned Businesses. He has been featured and contributed to several research, articles, and podcasts around building inclusion and engagement within organizations and communities.

Today he is known as Dr. “Bowtie Todd,” a trainer, consultant, motivational speaker, life coach, and conversationalist. He is a proud husband, father, author, servant leader, and conversationalist who believes in his philosophy "bowtie" it all together, serve and simply be a gift unto the world!

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