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2020 Compilation: Racial Unrest, White Privilege, and Black Lives Matter

Today we’re going to give you something a little bit different. As we listen to this podcast, themes tend to pop up. DT and his guests talk about leadership, entrepreneurship, investing and handling the stress and chaos of normal life. But 2020 has been anything but normal. In March, COVID-19 put us all on a two week pause, a pause that has now lasted 33 weeks with no end in sight. In May, the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests throughout the United States amplified the systemic racism our country has faced since its inception.  This episode is a compilation of some of the conversations that DT has had with his guests about racism, white privilege, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  You’ll hear from:

Sonya Hopson, CEO of HIRE Strategies (Full Episode with Sonya)
Ashlyn Sanders, CEO of Neurovice (Full Episode with Ashlyn)
Jen Hoverstad, Community Engagement at Kay Yow Foundation (Full Episode with Jen)
Akinwole Garrett, Director of Global Strategic Alliances at Lenovo (Full Episode with Aki)
Gary Salamido, CEO, NC Chamber (Full Episode with Gary)
Anson Dorrance, UNC Women’s Soccer Head Coach (Full Episode with Coach)
Kendrall Felder, Global Head of Centralized Services at Cisco (Full Episode with Kendrall)
Tim Humphrey, VP Chief Data Office, IBM (Full Episode with Tim)
Joe Bunn, Bunn DJ Company (Full Episode with Joe)
Cicero Leak, TLS Agency (Full Episode with TLS)


The Donald Thompson Podcast is hosted by Walk West CEO, mentor, investor, and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant Donald Thompson.

Music for this episode provided by Jensen Reed from his song, “You Can’t Stop Me”.

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