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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. Donald is an angel investor personally infusing over a million dollars in North Carolina ventures alone.

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 is recognized by Inc. as the one of the fastest growing companies in the US for 2018, 2019 and 2020. In addition, Donald serves on the boards for Vidant Medical Center, Raleigh Chamber, TowneBank Raleigh and several other organizations in the fields of technology, marketing, sports and entertainment. He is a mentor for Black Founders Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange.  Donald is a weekly contributor to WRAL TechWire, has written for multiple publications including Entrepeneur.com and CNBC.com and has published his own eBooks on decision making and diversity in the workplace.

Growing up, I learned how to get knocked down and get back up. You have to push through, because the goal you want to attain is so much greater than the work you have to put in. You put in the pain because the promise is so much greater.

Donald Thompson