With two decades of experience growing and leading firms, Donald Thompson is a thought leader on goal achievement, influencing company culture and driving exponential growth. As an entrepreneur, Donald has led companies which have attained successful exits with strong returns for shareholders and employees. As a Certified Diversity Executive, Donald is a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and actively raises awareness and commitment.
Donald is currently CEO of Walk West, a digital marketing firm recognized by Inc. as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and the founder of The Diversity Movement, which works to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core of doing business. In addition, Donald serves on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Chamber and TowneBank Raleigh, the Board of Trustees for Vidant Medical Center, the NCSU Entrepreneurship Advisory Board as well as boards for various NC-based start-ups in the fields of technology, marketing, sports and entertainment. A true believer in those who dare to dream, Donald works as a mentor for Google’s Entrepreneurs Exchange and is an angel investor providing support to small startups and entrepreneurs.
A member of the National Speakers Association, Donald speaks frequently for businesses, organizations and universities and shares actionable insights and strategies across key functions of business strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Donald has written for multiple publications including WRAL Techwire, Entrepeneur.com and CNBC.com and has published his own eBooks on decision making and diversity. To learn more, visit donaldthompson.com.
Why DEI? I’m excited about diversity and inclusion because I can make an impact based on my non-standard background. It is my responsibility to take my experiences and use them to make a positive change in the business environment when I can, while I can.