Prior to joining ATD, Derrick Thompson held lead employee engagement and communications roles at government agencies and notable nonprofit organizations. He has developed curriculum for, as well as facilitated, multiple college-level communications courses and conference workshops.
Thompson is an alum of California State University, Long Beach (bachelor’s in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in speech communications), and University of Texas at Arlington (master’s in communication). He also holds a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate from University of South Florida Muma College of Business, and a Human Resources Management certificate from University of Texas at Arlington.
A proud Los Angeles native, Thompson resides in the D.C. metro area.