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Doing big things: Yolanda Cash Jackson

Excellent article on lobbyist and lawyer, Yolanda Cash-Jackson:


Posted on Tuesday, May. 11, 2010


Networking key to success for busy lawyer-lobbyist


It is lunchtime at the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Becker & Poliakoff and Yolanda Cash Jackson is doling out hugs to several dozen women in power suits and designer dresses gathered in the conference room. As they swap business cards and laughs over fried okra, Jackson encourages conversation around the room. She's determined that her guests leave with new contacts.

Networking is a skill Jackson, 51, has honed in her evolution from a litigator to a lobbyist, a big reason she wields unique power both at her law firm in Fort Lauderdale and the Capitol in Tallahassee. She has created this Sister to Sister group to give African-American women of influence a place to renew friendships and make connections. She's also taken some members of the group shopping -- or rather, ``relationship building.'' ``I use every opportunity because my work and my social life are intertwined,'' Jackson tells me.

I am intrigued. For anyone who sees only the negative in making life about work, there's Jackson to prove them wrong. Hearing this woman enthusiastically describe her jam-packed schedule makes me rethink my whole concept of work-life balance. Jackson has blurred the line, and she's having a ball doing it.




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