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(Left to right) Betty Gallo, co-owner, ...
(Left to right) Betty Gallo, co-owner, Gallo & Robinson LLC Paddi LeShane, partner, Sullivan & LeShane Kate Robinson, co-owner, Gallo & Robinson LLC and Linda Kowalski, founder, Kowalski Group LLC.
Absolutely," said Linda Kowalski
, who runs Hartford lobbying firm Kowalski Group LLC, the fifth largest firm in the state, according to the Hartford Business Journal's Book of Lists.
"Were there few women lobbyists?
"Not letting up," added Kowalski
, who likened it to her
hobby as a marathon runner.
"You have to keep proving yourself," said Kowalski
, who has run the Philadelphia marathon in under four hours.
"I basically will try to leave no stone unturned and follow what I believe is a tough training plan.
While I may not have the gift of some phenomenal athletes, I've found if I work hard at that training plan and push my body a little harder, I've been successful in achieving my goals."
When ticking off challenges, Kowalski
approached working within the "Old Boys" network, though more dominant early in her
career, as another opportunity to succeed instead of as a barrier.
success in lobbying for women's health issues like regular and, recently, digital mammography as perhaps the most rewarding.
"Being a woman has allowed me to identify with [cancer] survivors.
My mom is a survivor," she
And more than that, her
mother's example led her
to the work she
The Kowalski Group: Linda Kowalski
The Kowalski Group: Linda Kowalski
President & Principal
With twenty-seven years of experience in government relations and public affairs consulting, Linda Kowalski
has earned accolades from business leaders and government officials as one of the top lobbyists in the State of Connecticut.
Throughout her career, Linda has developed many strong working relationships on behalf of her clients beginning with the O'Neill Administration spanning the Weicker, Rowland and Rell Administrations, and most currently, with the Malloy Administration.
a result of her
bipartisan efforts, she
has earned the respect of municipal leaders, state legislators, Congressional Officials and the members of the executive branch.
work comprises municipal, state, and federal legislative and administrative lobbying and consulting.
Known for her
political savvy, hard work and results, Linda
is unparalleled in her
ability to orchestrate and successfully execute grass roots lobbying campaigns.
The most prominent example of this strength is the groundbreaking legislation that she
successfully lobbied to passage on behalf of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists
Beginning in 1986, continuing in 1992 and expanding in 1996, Linda
successfully lobbied legislation to enable Connecticut Optometrists to expand their scope of practice to the full extent of their training and licensure.
Linda served as lead lobbyist and strategist facilitating, coordinating and directing the grass roots campaigns with media consultants, members of the CAO and members of The Kowalski Group.
While known for her successful lobbying efforts on behalf of patients and providers and her knowledge of health care issues, as founder and President of the Kowalski Group, L.L.C., she oversees the operation of this Government Relations and Consulting Business in addition to serving as lead lobbyist for the firm.
At Linda's helm the firm has grown and expanded and includes a diverse client list.
Linda's background and experience includes banking, retail, financial services, telecommunications, nonprofit associations, auto and marine trades, solid waste management, the alcohol beverage industry, private schools, electric restructuring, public utility work, telephone competition, and environmental issues.
In 1999, Linda
received recognition by the Hartford Business Journal
in its special "40 Under Forty" issue published August 30th.
earned honors as one of forty of the Greater Hartford area's outstanding young business achievers under the age of forty.
Over the years, Linda
has earned the respect and admiration of her
The Connecticut Dental Hygienists Association
with an award on September 26, 1997, in "Recognition of Time and Efforts Contributed Towards the Advancement of the Dental Hygiene Profession".
In 2010, Linda Kowalski
and The Kowalski Group
received "The President's Award" from the Connecticut Dental Hygienists Association
The Kowalski Group
received CDHA's Merit Award in 2012, "In Recognition of Outstanding Dedication, Service and Participation In Supporting the Connecticut Dental Hygienists Association
In 1995, Linda
was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for work on the Student Center Bonding Bill.
In 1994, The Connecticut Association of Optometrists
with the George A. Comstock, O.D., Distinguished Service Award "In Recognition For Many Years Of Outstanding Service To The Profession Of Optometry".
Subsequently, in 1996, the CAO
with an Award of Appreciation for "Outstanding Service as a Legislative Consultant".Previously, in 1992, the CAO
with the "Outstanding Service Award".
More recently, in 2010, the CAO
recognized Linda Kowalski
"For Twenty-Five Years of Outstanding Service on Behalf of the CAO
In 1993, Linda
received an Award of Appreciation for "Dedicated Service to the Profession of Podiatric Medicine".
This same year, she received an "Outstanding Leadership Award" from the Connecticut Campgrounds Owners Association, Inc. in recognition of her work in the repeal of the 12% tax on campgrounds.
In 2011, the Radiological Society of Connecticut
presented an award to Linda A. Kowalski
, The Kowalski Group, LLC
, "In Appreciation of Many Years of Service to the Radiological Society of Connecticut
Linda is also a member of the Environmental Policies Council, EPC, of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the CBIA.
spare time, Linda
has completed seven marathons, including the Hartford Marathon
, the Marine Corps Marathon, the New York City Marathon and the Philadelphia Marathon.
time in the New York City and Philadelphia Marathons qualified her
for the Boston Marathon which she
ran and completed April 19, 2010.
In 2011 she
placed third in her
age group in the Vermont City Marathon.
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