With two decades of experience growing and leading firms, Donald Thompson (he/him) is a thought leader on goal achievement, influencing company culture, and driving exponential growth. As an entrepreneur, Donald has led multiple companies which have attained successful exits with strong returns for shareholders and employees. As our CEO and Certified Diversity Executive, he is a champion of DEI initiatives. Through his work, Donald actively raises both awareness of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to create a more inclusive society and improve business outcomes along the way.
Donald previously led the multi-award-winning digital marketing firm Walk West, which was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. throughout his tenure as CEO in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2021, he was named one of “Forbes’ Next 1000: Upstart Entrepreneurs Redefining the American Dream.”
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. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Chamber and TowneBank Raleigh, the Board of Trustees for Vidant Medical Center, and the NCSU Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, as well as boards for various NC-based startups in technology, marketing, sports, and entertainment.
A member of the National Speakers Association, Donald speaks frequently for businesses, organizations, and universities, sharing actionable insights and strategies across key functions of business strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership development, and DEI in the workplace. He has written for multiple publications including WRAL Techwire, Entrepreneur.com, and CNBC.com, and has published his own ebooks on decision making and diversity. Donald is a father, son, husband, racquetball player, and German chocolate cake enthusiast. To learn more, visit donaldthompson.com.
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.