40 Under 40 Recognition
Interview as Published in Hartford Business Journal
August 30, 1999
Volume 7 Number 42
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Company/organization: Principal and President of The Kowalski Group LLC, Hartford
Job history: Served as a legal intern with Senator Joseph Lieberman in 1982 when he was state Attorney General. After college in 1983 went to work in public affairs consulting and government relations as a lobbyist before founding her own firm
Education: Bachelor’s of Arts degree in government and economics, cum laude, in 1983, from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts
Accomplishments: Fifteen years as an independent lobbyist and consultant consistently ranked among the top 10 lobbying firms in the state; various service and leadership awards from the healthcare industry
At The Kowalski Group LLC, good service means knowing the issues, being accessible and maintaining constant communication, the key principles of being a good lobbyist.
"As principal and lead lobbyist, I am personally involved with every account and I expect all members of my firm to deliver this same level of personal service to the client," Linda Kowalski said.
Her firm provides year-round legislative, executive and administrative/regulatory lobbying services, including research bill tracking and orchestrating grass-roots campaigns.
The firm specializes in issues that include retail business, banking and financial services, health care, environmental management, auto and marine trades, and information technology.
What was the toughest decision you had to make in your professional life?
The toughest decision that I have made in my business life was the very first decision that I made to start my own government relations and public affairs firm. As a woman, starting a new business in the field of politics and government, a profession that has been traditionally dominated by men, was a tough decision.
What is the best single piece of advice you can pass on to others?
Always be honest, fair, knowledgeable and sincere in presenting a position on an issue. Don’t represent a client or cause that you don’t believe in.
Where will your business or professional life be five years into the new millennium?
I look forward to continued growth and new challenges, but only by maintaining the same quality of service that has enabled us to successfully achieve our clients’ legislative and regulatory agendas and my firm’s goals.
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