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Donald Thompson

Marketing and Technology Executive, Sales Leader, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Author, Certified Diversity Executive

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 that have attained successful exits with strong returns for shareholders and employees. Donald is an angel investor, personally infusing over a million dollars in North Carolina ventures, including Creative Allies, Gryppers, and SpokeHub, all with African American CEOs at the helm. 

Adept at building teams that accelerate growth, Donald is also CEO of Walk West, a digital marketing firm, led by more than 70% women and/or African Americans and recognized by Inc. as the fastest growing agency in North Carolina for 2018, 2019, and 2020.  In addition, Donald serves on boards for several organizations in the fields of technology, marketing, sports, and entertainment and is a mentor for Black Founders Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange. 

A member of the National Speakers Association, Donald frequently speaks for businesses, organizations, and universities to share actionable insights and strategies across key functions of business, entrepreneurship, and diversity and inclusion. He is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), and conducts workshops with c-suite executives of leading organizations who are looking to develop, expand, or optimize their diversity and inclusion practice. 

Donald has written for multiple publications, including and, and has published his own eBooks on decision making and diversity in the workplace. Most recently, Donald joined WRAL TechWire as a regular columnist. To learn more, visit

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.