39 min

Paving A Pathway To Success For Underestimated Leaders With Donald Thompson Leading With Empathy & Allyship

    • Business

In Episode 110, Donald Thompson, CEO and Co-Founder of The Diversity Movement, joins Melinda in an enriching conversation about how underestimated leaders can pave a pathway to success. Donald shares his successful journey overcoming adversities as an underestimated leader and how his path can help leaders create access and opportunity for marginalized people in their workplaces. He shares his strategies for implementing inclusive leadership across large organizations and growing companies by maximizing everyone’s unique talents and evaluating team performance. He also provides practical ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to gain access to funding by knowing how to approach the right VC firms.


About Donald Thompson (he/him)

Donald Thompson is CEO and co-founder of The Diversity Movement. He is the author of Underestimated: A CEO's Unlikely Path to Success. Thompson is an entrepreneur, public speaker, author, podcaster, Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), and executive coach. He serves as a board member for Easterseals UCP, Vidant Medical Center, Raleigh Chamber, TowneBank Raleigh, and several other organizations in the fields of technology, marketing, sports, and entertainment. Visit him at donaldthompson.com.


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For more about Change Catalyst, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources and highlights from this episode.


Connect With Donald Thompson On Social

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldthompsonjr/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonaldThompsonJrOfficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonThompson_Jr

Connect With Us On Social

YouTube: youtube.com/c/changecatalyst
Twitter: twitter.com/changecatalysts
Facebook: facebook.com/changecatalysts
Instagram: instagram.com/techinclusion
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/changecatalysts

Production Team

Creator & Host: Melinda Briana Epler
Co-Producers: Renzo Santos & Christina Swindlehurst Chan
Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


[Image description: Leading With Empathy & Allyship promo and photos of Donald Thompson,a Black CEO with salt and pepper buzzed facial hair, white/blue striped button-down shirt, and navy blue suit; beside him is a black book cover of UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS; and host Melinda Briana Epler, a White woman with blonde and red hair, glasses, red shirt, and black jacket.]
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In Episode 110, Donald Thompson, CEO and Co-Founder of The Diversity Movement, joins Melinda in an enriching conversation about how underestimated leaders can pave a pathway to success. Donald shares his successful journey overcoming adversities as an underestimated leader and how his path can help leaders create access and opportunity for marginalized people in their workplaces. He shares his strategies for implementing inclusive leadership across large organizations and growing companies by maximizing everyone’s unique talents and evaluating team performance. He also provides practical ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to gain access to funding by knowing how to approach the right VC firms.


About Donald Thompson (he/him)

Donald Thompson is CEO and co-founder of The Diversity Movement. He is the author of Underestimated: A CEO's Unlikely Path to Success. Thompson is an entrepreneur, public speaker, author, podcaster, Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), and executive coach. He serves as a board member for Easterseals UCP, Vidant Medical Center, Raleigh Chamber, TowneBank Raleigh, and several other organizations in the fields of technology, marketing, sports, and entertainment. Visit him at donaldthompson.com.


Find Leading With Empathy & Allyship useful? Subscribe to our podcast and like this episode!

For more about Change Catalyst, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources and highlights from this episode.


Connect With Donald Thompson On Social

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldthompsonjr/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonaldThompsonJrOfficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonThompson_Jr

Connect With Us On Social

YouTube: youtube.com/c/changecatalyst
Twitter: twitter.com/changecatalysts
Facebook: facebook.com/changecatalysts
Instagram: instagram.com/techinclusion
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/changecatalysts

Production Team

Creator & Host: Melinda Briana Epler
Co-Producers: Renzo Santos & Christina Swindlehurst Chan
Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


[Image description: Leading With Empathy & Allyship promo and photos of Donald Thompson,a Black CEO with salt and pepper buzzed facial hair, white/blue striped button-down shirt, and navy blue suit; beside him is a black book cover of UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS; and host Melinda Briana Epler, a White woman with blonde and red hair, glasses, red shirt, and black jacket.]
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