Speaker – Jim Anderson

About Jim Anderson…

Jim Anderson is the father of four daughters and 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren. He and his wife have been together for over 40 years. Originally from Charleston, SC, he moved to Charlotte with his family in 1999 to join First Union National Bank as a programmer. He is now an Application Systems Engineer with Wells Fargo working within Wholesale Document Management.

Jim loves backpacking, gardening, bird watching, and photography, but most of all, he loves playing with his fantastic grandchildren. He has been active in the Charlotte PFLAG organization for 4 years where he is now a member of the Faith Action Committee.

Learn more about Jim’s Talk…

TitleAcceptance is the First Step to Love
Description: How we relate to people we don’t understand is more important than we know! Life is too short and the stakes are too high to reject our loved ones. We must find a way to acceptance and love while we live.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? Accepting and loving our LGBTQ family and friends for who they are is not only possible but is a foundation for the best life possible! It’s hard emotional work, and our LGBTQ loved ones are worth the effort.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? 1) To understand that they are not alone. It is hard for many of us to accept our LGBTQ loved ones. 2) Understand that their loving acceptance is more vitally important than they know. 3) Feel the urgency to accept… time is short. 4) Just decide to accept this person they do not understand. 5) Seek out support through organizations like PFLAG to help them love well.

Learn more about Jim…

Where is your hometown? Charleston, SC
What are your hobbies? Gardening, bird watching, backpacking, photography, astronomy and sharing all those things with my grandchildren.
What are you passionate about? My family! especially my 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren. PFLAG (the bravest people I know)
What is the best compliment you’ve received? You are a great communicator. You have a way with framing words that inspires and makes it easy to understand.
What do you want to be remembered for? I want to be remembered for bringing my best to things I do but even more importantly I want to be remembered as one who loved well.
How do you push the boundaries? Arguing well takes a lot of energy. I avoid getting sucked into arguments. I keep my eyes and ears open to injustice and try to lean in by asking questions and speaking up for others who are not present.
What does your happy place look like? It’s either sitting in my sunroom or on a trail in the mountains all by myself. 
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? 1) I rode “shotgun” on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in the Charlotte PRIDE parade in 2014… my first PRIDE event ever. 2) I was an ironworker on the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 3) I used to repair brass and woodwind musical instruments.

Thoughts on Charlotte

What part of town do you live in? Prosperity Village
What draws you to Charlotte? I love this place because of friends and family who are here. I moved here in 1998 to work for First Union and still work for Wells Fargo. Charlotte is a great size. Big enough to have many terrific opportunities. Too big to know it all, but small enough to feel like home.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? I truly hope we can find a way to improve upward mobility for our community and become a city where all voices are heard and opportunity is equal for all.

Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Housecats … and it won’t be pretty for us.