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GenXYZ 2015: Alison Zinn


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The Strategist

Alison Zinn

36 | Partner
Lindquist & Vennum LLP

Attorney Alison Zinn led the Colorado Women’s Bar Association as one of the youngest presidents in its 37-year history. She was responsible for the 1,000-person organization’s vision, strategy, fiscal strength, growth and operational oversight, as well as a 30-member board of directors. In her legal career, Zinn focuses on litigation involving wills, trusts and probate fiduciaries. Her practice also includes guardian ad litem court appointments, as well as contested and uncontested guardianship and conservatorship proceedings for the elderly, people with disabilities and children.

Biggest achievement

“I’m always pursuing happiness,” Zinn says. “I want to find meaning in what I do. If I don’t like my circumstance, I change it. Changing jobs or changing areas of practice is an accomplishment.”

Making an impact

As past president of the CWBA, Zinn says the greatest effect she had was ensuring her board members had a great experience.

“I also try to make sure that what I’m doing is helping other people be successful and reaching out to other women and pulling them up. I want them all to recognize their own leadership skills and achieve their dreams.” 

Role models

Patricia Jarzobski, past president of CWBA.

Best advice

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. You can’t make everyone happy. If someone’s unhappy with you, it’s OK. It’s not the end of the world. That takes away stress and worry.”

Off-duty

Cooking and food photography. Check out Zinn’s running blog at zinnrunner.com

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Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson is an award-winning journalist who spent nearly 25 years in the newspaper industry, including seven years as a business reporter for The Denver Post covering residential and commercial real estate. She can be reached at myjackson7@gmail.com.

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