40s & Fearless: Triangle leaders you should follow

In the March 2022 issue of Raleigh Magazine, 10 leaders in the Triangle were featured for being fearless in their 40s. From the magazine, “This elite cast is based on fearless ambition. Their monumental life changes prove it’s never too late to embark on a new journey, embrace a new endeavor, start a new chapter or make a difference… and just do the damn thing.”  Today, Don talks to three of the 10 – Mike Iannelli with Ablr360, and Jackie Ferguson and Shelley Willingham with The Diversity Movement – to learn more about what makes them fearless.

40s & Fearless, from Raleigh Magazine


Donald Thompson: Welcome to the Donald Thompson podcast. And I’m so excited for this episode where I have a chance to talk to three amazing people that were all featured in Raleigh Magazine’s article, 40 and Fearless. From the call for nominations, these people stood out and I have the blessing, if you will, not only knowing them, but having them be a part of different businesses both as friends and professionals. And so what I’d like to do is welcome Mike Iannelli, Shelley Willingham and Jackie Ferguson, welcome you all to the show.

All: Hey Don 

Don: What we’re going to do just to kind of kick things off so that everyone talks as friends, and Mike, I’m going to start with you. So I’ll give a couple of comments and then I’ll let you lead off, and then Jackie we’ll go to you, and then Shelley, just talk a little bit about you as an individual. Kids, family, brothers, where are you from? Right, people want to know a little bit more about you, and then we’ll talk about some of the things that make you fearless, some of the things in business that you’re working on, but Mike, why don’t you take it away and introduce yourself a little bit?

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