Meet Chair-elect Stacy Thompson, a partner with Bluestein, Thompson & Sullivan, LLC, in Columbia, SC, practicing primarily social security disability law since graduating from USC School of Law and the Darla Moore School of Business (MIBS, Portuguese track) in 2000.
Here’s Stacy’s story:
Although I truly enjoy my work, and in particular my clients and the people I work with, spending time with family (of the human and furry kind) is vital to me. My local adventures, including supporting my Gamecocks in all sports, and time at home with my rescue mutt give me much-needed respites from the practice of law and the responsibility that comes with being a small business owner. However, I blame my mother (don’t we all) for starting a tradition that has truly altered my overall perspective about what truly matters...
About 7 years ago, my mother received her Medicare card in the mail and decided that she needed to fulfill a life-long dream of hers – to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. She trained and prepared for the next six months and ultimately conquered that peak – 19,341 feet to Uhuru summit and the Rooftop of Africa. I thought she was a little crazy at the time, but was inspired by her experience and asked to join her on the next climb. After that first trip to Machu Picchu, we continued with annual hikes, stomping (and laughing) through the Swiss Alps, the Canadian Rockies, Death Valley, the Julian Alps (Slovenia) and across England. One of our greatest physical challenges together was to the base camp of Mt. Everest/Kalapathar (18,192 feet) and in January 2018, I followed in Mom’s footsteps and climbed Kilimanjaro as well. Needless to say, you learn a lot about yourself when climbing straight up a path in the dark at 19,000 feet, but the sense of accomplishment at the end makes every struggling breath worth it! The memories made on every trail and in every country Mom and I have ventured to in the past seven years are priceless in so many ways and we will keep living by the mantra “Find Joy in the Journey” as our bucket list continues to grow!