Billy Ray Taylor is an American business executive and motivational speaker. He is best known for engaging keynotes and his proven leadership practices for operational excellence. Billy spent over 25 years with Goodyear Tires, serving as Director of North America Manufacturing and Chief Diversity Officer. During his tenure at Goodyear, the company’s earnings rose from -38M to +1B. As the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT). He led diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for 64,000 employees across the 22 countries where Goodyear operates.
Billy has a track record of improving production efficiency and building employee ownership at all levels of an organization. He has been called upon by numerous fortune 500 companies, universities, and operational excellence conferences to demonstrate practical examples of how to drive and deliver sustainable results.
Mr. Taylor recently left a long career with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to pursue his passion for Operational Excellence. Today Billy is the Founder and CEO of LinkedXL Management Systems, together with his business partners, he coaches and partners with leaders and organizations to develop, implement, and drive culture driven daily management systems.
He earned an MBA from Baker University, in Baldwin City, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University, in Prairie View, Texas. Billy also serves as a member of the executive advisory board of the Shingo Prize Institute.