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Awards and Acknowledgments

  • 2018 Member of PR Week’s Power 50 list
  • Communications 50 member – a group comprised of leading industry professionals in public relations and communications
  • 2009 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame recipient
  • 2018 Outstanding Communications Arts and Sciences Alumni – Michigan State University (MSU)
  • Degree from Michigan State University in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Affairs.
  • Attended the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University.

Matt Davis is the President of Driftwood Leadership focusing on leadership strategies and inspirational training for organizations and individuals.

Matt is a member of the Board of Directors for Altria Group Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors for Lake State Railway Company.

Matt is a member of the Board of Directors for the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF). WFPF is an international organization that enables a global community for Parkour and Freerunning with the goal of bringing the sport and philosophy to mainstream audiences.

Matt is chairman of the Board of Directors for Saratoga WarHorse which has the Mission to improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress by providing a healing, equine-assisted experience utilizing off-the-track Thoroughbreds.

Matt has more than 35 years of experience in leadership development, global government affairs, public policy, issues management, communications, reputation and public affairs strategy.

He retired from Dow in 2019 as the President of Dow North America and Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs. He served as a member of Dow’s Executive Leadership Committee.

Matt was named to PR Week’s Power 50 list in 2018 which ranks the most powerful communicators who are tackling PR’s toughest challenges. He has been a member of Communications 50, a group comprised of fifty leading professionals in communications. He was named to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2009.

He is the President of the Alumni Board for Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences, and in 2018 was named Outstanding Communications Arts and Sciences Alumni.

He holds a B.S. Degree from MSU in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Affairs and Public Policy. He also attended the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University.



Matt Davis is a leadership champion – he really believes that when you invest in leaders, they can change your company for the better. It was a pleasure to know that someone in such a large company had the guts to stand behind ad program that required investment of time and money. The positive wave he created will benefit our company and its employee retention for years to come.

Kelly Broker

Product Development Manager

Matt Davis is superlatively inspirational: he makes me want to be not only a better leader, but also a better employee, a better friend, and a better person. Through interactions with him, my motivation has been intensified, and I feel like all my goals in life are now within reach. Matt exudes positivity, confidence, trust, and action, and he is in a league of his own when it comes to being an amazing coach.

Matthew A. Gave

Product Development Manager & Sustainability Champion

A leader looks for and brings out the best in people. Leaders then encourage people to go after their passions and their goals. Matt truly has a gift and has had a hand in guiding many careers. I know firsthand! A true leader and great human being.

Devin Box, MBA

Emergency Services and Security | Retired Gunnery Sergeant USMC

Matt is authenticity personified. He believes and is a living example of inspirational leadership that is truly transformational, while being very humble and vulnerable. His pragmatic life lessons from personal experiences and his sense of humor fosters a safe environment where one feels comfortable in being their true self. Matt has a superlative ability to connect with individual at a level that opens one up to true and sustainable personal change.

Sudhir Shenoy

Country President India

Matt Davis has an amazing ability to connect to any audience and inspire them to unleash their full potential and achieve their life’s vision. With a masterful mix of insightful storytelling and humor, Matt shares practical lessons based on significant leadership experience that audiences can apply immediately after leaving his session to accelerate their leadership journey and focus on what truly matters in work and in life.

Cindy Solomon

Founder & CEO, CSA, INC.

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. Matt Davis is an expert at inspiring and motivating leaders to perform at their best, while enabling them to find their own leadership style.

Karen S. Carter

Chief Human Resources Office & Chief Inclusion Officer

Matt inspires and coaches based on an authentic connection. He is a courageous leader that is willing to make himself vulnerable by sharing his own life lessons to fuel growth and development in others. When you hear Matt speak to any size audience, you feel like he is speaking directly to you because of how much he truly cares and the passion of his delivery. A tremendous leader that teaches and touches your spirit!

Jeff Tate

Vice President Finance

Matt Davis knows how to inspire. His presence, his connection to people, his words, and his real life examples brings out the best in people. He knows what it means to connect via inspirational leadership and how to give the phrase real meaning and bring it to life.

Andrew N. Liveris

Former Chairman & CEO


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