The Donald Thompson Podcast

The Donald Thompson Podcast

Joe Bunn on Building an Empire, and Being Willing to Lose It All

DJ Joe Bunn was recently featured in the New York Times with the headline, “Some Wedding Vendors Face Fallout After Speaking Up on Social Issues.” He never speaks up on politics, but in the case of Black Lives Matter, it wasn’t about politics – he felt a pull to do what is right. And he…

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Life of Pie: How family inspired Slice Pie Company’s Kristen Mullins to chase her dream

Kristen Mullins from Slice Pie Company has been all over the place – on MSN, USA Today, on Startup Stage, Cary Magazine 2020 Movers and Shakers, winning Blue Ribbons at the NC State Fair…just everywhere.  On today’s show, find out how it all started, and what inspired Kristen to leave her comfortable life of being…

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Brand Loyalty and Hustle: Lessons Learned Working in the NBA, NFL, and MLB, with Jarrett Nobles

See if you can follow this career path. Jarrett Nobles has gone from legendary DeMatha High to FAMU to event planning to Edward Jones to the Houston Astros to Duke MBA to a startup to the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Chargers, and some other stops along the way. He’s moved 10 times (10!)…

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Losing a Job, Finding Entrepreneurship, with Courtney Canfield

In April 2020, Courtney Canfield saw a layoff coming a mile away. Like many, she lost her job because of COVID-19. But instead of sitting around, Courtney made something out of nothing – and now she’s running a successful business while becoming a pet influencer (yes, a pet influencer!).  On the show today, Courtney talks…

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How Virtual Reality Can Identify Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, with Lucid Dream’s Mike McArdle

How can virtual reality (VR) be used to identify unconscious bias in the workplace?  How can it be used to enhance empathy for patients and have a better understanding of their symptoms?  Mike McArdle is the founder and Chief Product Officer of Lucid Dream VR, based in Durham NC, and today he talks about how…

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From Homeless to Global Tech Executive: Kendrall Felder’s Path to Greatness

Kendrall Felder is a former Duke football player, has an MBA from Duke, and is now the Global Head of Centralized Services (IT) at Cisco.  Impressive right? But Kendrall faced long odds to get to this point. Teenage mother. Drug dealer father. Abuse in the home. At 15, Kendrall was out on his own trying…

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Inn Flow CEO John Erhart’s Commitment to Constant Improvement

Sometimes the journey to success means getting knocked down and figuring out how to get back up again. And for today’s guest, it means navigating the hotel industry in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that has devastated the market. John Erhart is the founder and CEO of Inn Flow, a hotel management platform that…

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The New Entourage: Talent Agents Cicero Leak, Tristian Turner, & Chuck Stinson

The TLS Agency represents entertainers and athletes, and they’ll do what it takes to provide their clients with the best direction for their careers. On the show, Cicero Leak, Tristian Turner, and Chuck Stinson talk about how it all got started, what it’s like to work with celebrities, representing athletes in the new landscape where…

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How to Reinvent Yourself and Pivot Your Career (Solo Episode)

It’s not as complicated as you think. 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”. The Donald Thompson Podcast is edited and produced by Earfluence. For more on how…

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From Statement to Strategy, with JUST Podcast’s Jes Averhart and Rob Shields

We’ve seen the statements. Black Lives Matter. What has happened in the past is not ok. Diversity is important to our work culture. That’s all great, but how do we move from statement to strategy? Jes Averhart and Rob Shields are leading that conversation forward through their work at Recity, the Reinvention Roadmap, and the…

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