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Todd Barker: I'm Passionate About Inspiring Others

People have described me as an effective listener, trainer, and communicator with a speaking style that is informal, inspiring, humorous, and definitely southern. I am excited to meet you soon and support your journey to better vision, motivation, and teamwork in your relationships and career. 

Headshot photo of Todd Barker in a light blue shirt with arms crossed; senior consultant for Adrian Leadership; speaker, coach, trainer; with faint images of logos for Adrian Leadership and Maxwell Leadership

Hi, Todd Barker here, senior consultant of Adrian Leadership. I have served many roles, none more important than being a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. While my life has been based in Southeast US, I enjoy making professional connections and friends across borders with the reach of digital connections and travel today. 

When not focused on communications and teamwork events or training, my career also includes a senior role with our professional services firm Adrian Collaborative. For 30+ years, I focused on communications, public involvement, and environmental planning for complex transportation projects. Today, that role has shifted mostly to advisory, reviews, community engagement, and mentoring young professionals on project teams. Among highlights of my career have been key roles to facilitate cooperation among state and federal agencies, to educate the public about transportation impacts near them and to lead many project teams. The idea for Adrian Leadership came across those years of my own professional growth and then a more intentional step of joining Maxwell Leadership 7 years ago. Our unique approaches will emphasize communication and teamwork strengths from my experience to leverage high-value content from some of the world's most respected voices on leadership. 

A few details on my background are listed below; many more career stories and my CV are available on request.

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Purple and white seal indicating Maxwell Leadership certification in DISC personality/strength assessments

Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified Member, Maxwell Leadership Team

  • Certified DISC Consultant

  • Licensed in Content by John Maxwell and other leadership experts 


  • BA English, UNC (Go Heels!)

  • Master's in Communications

  • 35 years in professional services with emphases on communications, community engagement, project management, and agency/public involvement

  • Ministry and non-profit volunteer roles from communications, strategic advisory, building teams, leading small groups, and serving on boards

  • Work and leadership experience within a national firm and small businesses including family-owned brands

  • Leadership and teamwork consulting/training experience across sectors: hospitality/food industry, nonprofits, schools, small/family businesses, entrepreneurs, A/E professional service firms 

  • Unique perspective gained from hospitality and community engagement experience to deliver creative corporate and public training events

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