Artie Renee Pobjecky
Global Immigration and Compliance Attorney
Pobjecky & Pobjecky, LLP
What kind of work do you do?
I am an immigration and compliance attorney. I am blessed since I help individuals achieve the "American Dream" by immigrating to the United States. At times the work can be daunting, but there is no greater joy than when a client learns that their case is approved and they can live and work in the greatest country in the world.
I work with individuals, professional athletes, and businesses who seek to bring foreign talent to the United States. One of my most significant accomplishments was obtaining lawful permanent resident status for a scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer's. I also advise on compliance matters to ensure that businesses hire persons who are authorized to work in the United States.
What advice would you give young women entering the "company's industry" today?
Network! As an introvert, this can be a daunting task – but not impossible. If you are new to the industry, invite experienced peers to lunch or coffee. With COVID, this can be accomplished with a Zoom meeting. If your request is ignored, do not take it personally and move to the next person on your list. If you are unsure where to start, use LinkedIn to find the influential people in your field. Always follow-up with a personal card thanking the individual for her time.
Another useful tool is volunteering at conferences or luncheons, writing an article, or speaking at an event. Within a short time, you will be perceived as an expert in your field!
How long have you been a member of TBOWIT, and what drew you to TBOWIT?
I have been a member for at least five years. I met Christyna Doege during a "cruise" through Tampa Bay with the Port Authority and the Winter Haven Chamber Leadership Class. I was excited to learn that a group of international women exists in Tampa. I enjoy meeting new professionals and learning from others. TBOWIT has been a great resource and networking channel for me and my firm.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is resiliency. I never give up on cases or clients. When I am told, "no," I rebound with solutions to immigration obstacles by "thinking outside the box" and not giving up.