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Raleigh entrepreneur shares insights on diversity, inclusion
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Business Leader’s Guide to Driving Diversity Inclusion in the Workplace

By Donald Thompson


Thompson is continuing to share his entrepreneurial spirit and business expertise through his recent eBook, A Business Leader’s Guide to Driving Diversity Inclusion in the Workplace. Thompson started his career path in the technology industry, growing a local software firm from 16 employees to 130 before leading its acquisition to a global tech firm. Now, this African American CEO with a diverse leadership background, including Triangle-based firms Walk West and Creative Allies, shares his new book which encapsulates what diversity means in the modern workplace and how all types of leaders can benefit from embracing the concept.  

“There’s all different slices of diversity. If you’re attacking complex problems in any environment, the different types of thinking coalesced against a common goal are going to give you a stronger positive outcome,” Thompson said in a recent episode of his podcast titled “Hustle Unlimited.”

“If you’re going to build something great, then it should be great enough to be inclusive. If you’re going to build an amazing company, it should be amazing enough that it’s inclusive. If your goals are big enough, then the tent should be large.”  

Thompson credits his mentors and colleagues as factors in the equation to his success. He believes that taking time to understand different cultures, thought processes and ideas induces an environment where people are more capable of creating unique solutions. These beliefs, along with a second eBook that focuses on a methodology to communicate effectively, solve challenges and make better decisions, are just part of his process of sharing the experience and lessons he’s learned along the way.

“The reason that the eBook is free is that I have been very fortunate in terms of how to create income and grow companies,” Thompson explained. “So building this book out and this message is just part of the give-back and what I owe for any success that I’ve had.”

The book can be downloaded for free at donaldthompson.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Thompson has led or participated in multiple successful exits to firms like Adobe, KPIT and Beringer Capital, and is an emeritus member of the strategic advisory board for North Carolina State’s Computer Science Department. He additionally serves as a mentor for Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange: Black Founders and recently was a judge for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund OFC Hackathon pitch competition.



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