Alyson Jones, a lawyer at Butler Snow and member of The Source Advisory Panel, lays claim to an impressive list of accomplishments and expertise that will quickly leave you wondering where she finds time to juggle her successful career, family, and community involvement.
The answer seems to be her unmatched work ethic and determination.
Tell us your background.
AJ: I was born in Miami, Florida. My father is originally from Cuba. At age 13, my parents moved our family from Miami to Knoxville, Tennessee. I found my way to the University of Mississippi through a soccer scholarship. While there, I met my future husband, who is very much a Mississippian. After attending law school back in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, I moved to Jackson to begin practicing and have been settled here in Jackson.
What was your college major and do you use it in your career?
AJ: My college major was a double major in English and Spanish. The English major had an emphasis on writing, and I do use that in my everyday skills. Ultimately, my post-graduate law degree is the most valuable to my career.
What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
AJ: My first job was working in the Geology Department at the University of Mississippi while in school. It taught me work ethic and kept me well-rounded because most of my friends did not work while in school.
What is the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
AJ: Trust your instincts. Ultimately, if you are being yourself and succeeding, then you are confident in your success in your work. If you are trying to be something different, you will not succeed. Not everyone is meant to fill a particular job or career. Own your strengths and be yourself.
What’s your trick to managing personal life vs. work life?
AJ: I surround myself with positive support from my family and friends, and I try to give myself some slack. I remind myself that there will be good days and bad, but this is a marathon, not a sprint.
What advice do you wish you could go back and give yourself 10 years ago?
AJ: Be more courageous as to what you can do and accomplish. It is so easy to make excuses for not taking on certain projects or work because you are “too young”.
What is your favorite item in your office?
AJ: I like my framed diploma. It is from Tennessee, which reminds me each day where I came from, and as the years continue to pass, it reminds me how far I have come.
How do you stay motivated?
AJ: Money helps. Truly, I like feeling productive and that motivates me.
Why did you agree to be a founding Advisory Panel Member for The Source?
AJ: I love the mission and the concept behind The Source, and I want to help. I also think the topics are very interesting, and I will selfishly learn a lot.
Alyson serves as an incredible asset to The Source and an inspiration to all professional women. We’re proud to have her help growing our network for professional women and hope you’ll find as much inspiration from her story as we did.