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Donald Thompson

Donald Thompson, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Southeast Award winner, founded The Diversity Movement to change the world. As CEO, he has guided its work with hundreds of clients and through millions of data touch points. TDM’s global recognition centers on tying DEI initiatives to business objectives. Recognized by Inc., Fast Company, and Forbes, he is the author of Underestimated: A CEO’s Unlikely Path to Success and has published widely on leadership and the executive mindset. As a leadership and executive coach, Thompson has created a culture-centric ethos for winning in the marketplace by balancing empathy and economics. A budding bourbon connoisseur and former DI athlete, Thompson lives with his wife, Jackie, in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has four adult children. 



A story of grit, determination, hustle, and humility, Underestimated is the epic tale of a Black leader who faced down the obstacles inherent in contemporary American society – with the odds stacked against him – to ultimately achieve his dreams.

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A member of the National Speakers Association, Donald speaks frequently for businesses, organizations and universities to share actionable insights and strategies across key functions of business, entrepreneurship and diversity and inclusion.

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