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Donald Thompson

Entrepreneur, Investor, Author, Certified Diversity Executive

Donald Thompson (he/him) is a globally respected and sought-after business leader with a proven track record of success in growing firms. As a CEO, speaker, investor, advisor, entrepreneur, and executive coach, Thompson brings a wealth of experience and expertise to any organization. Don is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) and CEO & Co-founder of The Diversity Movement, the creators of TDM Library. He is passionate about driving cultural transformation and delivering solid returns for employees and shareholders. Under his leadership, The Diversity Movement has earned numerous accolades, including Inc. Magazine’s 2021 Best in Business List in DE&I Advocacy and Fast Company’s 2022 “world-changing ideas.” In addition, Thompson is a three-time Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies winner, named to the Forbes Next 1000 List, and the Business North Carolina Power 100 List. 

He serves on twelve boards across various industries, including marketing, health, and finance. Thompson is also the author of the book Underestimated: A CEO’s Unlikely Path to Success and hosts the podcast “High Octane Leadership in an Empathetic World,” both of which provide valuable insights for business leaders. With his competitive learning mindset, Thompson delivers actionable insights and is the perfect partner for anyone looking to take their business to the next level. Follow him on LinkedIn for updates on news, events, and his podcast, or contact him at for executive coaching, speaking engagements, or DEI-related content. Working with Thompson is an opportunity to learn from one of the best and take your organization to new heights.

Why DEI? Because I believe it’s my responsibility to take my experiences and use them to create positive change in the business environment when I can and while I can.

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