Todd Ross Nienkerk

Todd is a Digital Strategist, CEO, and Partner at Four Kitchens, where he helps organizations do great things on the web. His background in design, development, communication, and psychology provides him with unique insight into how people use technology: how we think, feel, interact, and form communities both off- and online.

Todd has been involved in the web design and publishing industry since the early days of the web in 1996. Since that time, he has designed and built countless websites and written for, edited, and managed several online and print publications.

Todd is happiest when he is mentoring and sharing his experience with other companies and business owners in the web industry. He has spoken at more than 50 conferences, including SXSW Interactive two years in a row. The business leadership and team empowerment philosophy Todd helped shape at Four Kitchens have garnered national attention. Four Kitchens has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Texas CEO to name a few. Four Kitchens was twice named one of the "Best places to work in Central Texas" by the Austin Business Journal, and Todd was a finalist for the Best CEO Awards in 2014 and 2015 and a Austin Under 40 Awards finalist in 2015.

 

Creating a Culture of Empowerment

February 9, 2016 | 10:00 AM

Drawing on more than 15 years of leadership at Four Kitchens and other creative organizations, Todd Nienkerk will explain why empowerment is the foundation of all successful teams and demonstrate how the open-source philosophy as modeled by the Drupal community can be applied to organizational culture.