A shareholder at Lowndes and a goal-oriented professional, Jackie Bozzuto has built an impressive career in law over the past 32 years. She serves as co-chair of the Hospitality and Leisure Practice Group and is involved with United Way, United Arts, Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA), and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). She considers her accomplishments with CREW as her proudest, which include serving as a past president, current active member, and assisting in hosting the National Convention. She has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2008.
What skills do you believe are key to your success/or what specific skills do you say are key to success in your industry or discipline?
Asserting yourself in a professionally appropriate way at the table is so important for success. It is critical to be part of the teams that are leading the charge and making the decisions, while at the same time doing this in a thoughtful, contemplative, and respectful way. It helps to be genuine and to listen more than you talk. It is my experience that as women in a male-centric industry, we are still held to a higher standard and often viewed under a finer lens by men than our male counterparts. This is why CREW is so important. It provided me with a safe place to watch other women, practice and hone these skills, and determine what worked for me and what did not. It allowed me to develop my own style that I bring to my leadership opportunities.
What is your favorite quote?
“Be yourself! Everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde. We all will have a unique journey, and while others’ paths may look attractive, fun, or enticing, we must still find our own.
What has been your greatest challenge in your career?
Balance. To have a successful career, a family, a life partner, and time for yourself takes skills and the balancing ability of an Olympic gymnast. It is trial and error and there are days that we fail miserably and times that each piece falls into place. Be kind to yourself, even laugh at yourself or have a good cry when you fail. Celebrate and cheer when you are succeeding. Share the secrets of your success as well as the warnings from your failures, and always try to help those around you and your balance will come - not every day but most days. We need what I call “comparative value days” to remind us to appreciate the good ones.
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