Donald Thompson - The Unlikely CEO?

May 13, 2015
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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What can drive, focus on continuous improvement, and a good mentor do to catapult your career? A lot, says Donald Thompson who refers to himself as The Unlikely CEO and is in fact writing a book of the same name. After a year of college football, Donald left school to start his career in Sales at age 19 as a determined and ambitious young man bent on success. Today, standing at the helm of several technology companies, he is focused on leadership and leaving a legacy. An insatiable student of life and business, Donald has attained extraordinary success in his 43 years while developing a focused, can-do perspective that has served him well in both his personal and professional lives. Join the conversation as he shares his lessons learned, perspective on common mistakes people make to inhibit success, and what he believes has contributed to his own success and happiness along the way.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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