Viola Maxwell Thompson


Viola Maxwell-Thompson is certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a board director, former Ernst & Young Technology Partner, former CEO and president, industry thought leader, and innovative strategist with over 35 years‘ experience in executive-level management in corporate America and nonprofit organizations. She has a proven track record of successfully directing and managing engagements for multibillion-dollar companies across the financial, manufacturing, technology, and professional services sectors. Ms. Maxwell-Thompson has successfully launched start-ups drawing upon her expertise in strategic planning, business development, and fiscal management. She is a results-driven, conscientious leader with excellent problem-solving skills and adept in developing and executing effective risk mitigation strategies while implementing essential organizational change management. Ms. Maxwell-Thompson serves on audit committees and advises ESG committees’ social initiatives. A nationally recognized thought leader in business transformation, DEI and retention best practices, and leadership development training, Ms. Maxwell-Thompson is often featured in the media for her expert insights on business topics, including DEI and the retention of executives, work-life balance opportunities, and career management. She has been quoted in numerous leading industry and consumer publications and books, including CIO Insight, Chicago Tribune, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Connector’s Advantage, Diversity Careers Magazine, and IT Management Consulting, among others. Ms. Maxwell-Thompson was nominated for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Golden Touch Award, received the PinkTech award for her leadership in the tech industry, was a finalist for the Women in IT USA award, received the Harlem Fine Arts–Salute to African-Americans in Technology award, and was a finalist in the Leadership Character Awards. Ms. Maxwell-Thompson earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and education from Lake Forest College and holds certification from NACD and in project management. She can be reached at