Jim Thompson

Degree and Year: 
BA 1976
Professional Title: 
Financial Advisor
Employer: 
LPL Financial

Professional Background: 
Masters in Gerontology, worked 18 years for AARP in D.C., followed by second career in financial services, and now run a financial planning practice in Massachusetts focused on needs of people in retirement.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
My ability to speak articulately and write well rose from learning our language. I still take pleasure in grammar. I believe my success in business is due in large measure to the respect of those who appreciate clear explanations, well-written communications, and the satisfaction of having complicated matters put into simple terms by someone who respects the English language.