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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 CEO of The Diversity Movement, a results-oriented, data-driven strategic firm offering clients a productized DEI journey built on digital learning tools and content, conversational AI, and analytics. In addition, Donald serves on the boards for Walk West, 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 and His book, Underestimated: A CEO’s Unlikely Journey to Success (Morgan James Publishing) will be out in 2022.

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