Virginia Russell

Degree and Year: 
BA 2006
Professional Title: 
Senior Business Consultant
Southwest Airlines

Professional Background: 
Marketing professional who has worked at the headquarters of Pizza Hut, Dr Pepper Snapple, and Southwest Airlines

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
Success in my field is contingent on my abilities to exercise critical thinking and to influence others. The writing, critical thinking, and public speaking skills I learned at Duke have opened doors for me and provided me with the opportunity to work on some of America's most beloved brands. Moreover, these skills have enabled me to grow into leadership roles in business, including my current role as a member of the senior leadership team in the marketing department of Southwest Airlines.