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Head Seat at the Table: Grassroots Advocacy's Bright Future

Head Seat at the Table: Grassroots Advocacy's Bright Future

A Presentation by Corinne Mixon, IFDF Lobbyist, Rutledge Ecenia

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)

Event Details

A “Straight Talk”


“Head Seat at the Table: How Grassroots Advocacy and Professional Integrity Ensure a Bright Future within Florida’s Legislative Landscape”




Corinne Mixon Headshot

Corinne Mixon, IFDF Lobbyist

Rutledge Ecenia


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

1-hr Continuing Education Course*

Zoom Webinar


Description: The Florida Legislature is made up of individuals that come from varied professional backgrounds. If these legislators are not educated on the death care professions prior to arriving in office, it can take years to impact a legislator's opinions. Through legislative and grassroots lobbying, we seek to provide much-needed education to Florida's elected officials. Corinne will explain why grassroots lobbying is important and how funeral directors can become their own lobbyists. Additionally, Corinne will discuss the interactions between statewide and federal policy. Finally, Corinne will discuss the current state of funeral practice in Florida and bills that may affect funeral directors.


Learning Objectives -- As a result of the course, attendees will understand:


  • Grassroots advocacy
  • Florida’s state legislative process
  • Intersection of elections and policy making
  • Interactions between state and federal policy
  • Legislative topics that may be important to Funeral Directors


Corinne Mixon is a registered professional lobbyist with fifteen years of experience representing clients’ state governmental interests.  At Rutledge Ecenia, Corinne represents a broad client base with a particular emphasis on health care practitioners, education and regulated industries and professions.  She has been instrumental in passing a myriad of legislation and killing or containing bills which would have negatively impacted her clients.

While earning her BA from the University of Alabama’s School of Communications and Information Sciences, Corinne garnered an internship in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby.  She then began her professional career as a Public Relations Account Coordinator at the Zimmerman Agency. Prior to joining Rutledge Ecenia, Corinne was principal shareholder of Mixon & Associates, a lobbying firm which brought its book of business to Rutledge Ecenia in early 2017.

Corinne lobbies across multiple platforms including legislative, executive and state regulatory board.  Corinne has managed a large statewide political campaign and been hired as a crisis communication specialist while maintaining her role as a lobbyist.  She also has significant experience working in association management, having held positions as executive director and executive vice president at two large statewide associations.

During her lobbying career, Corinne has delivered keynote addresses at dozens of events including commencements and conferences.  Corinne is board-designated to provide continuing education courses for several regulated professions.  In the spring of 2020, Corinne won Florida’s “Best Young Lobbyist” competition hosted by the popular Florida Politics news outlet.  Corinne was also the youngest-ever recipient of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ Lifetime Achievement Award for her role in passing legislation.

Corinne serves on the Board of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, and she is a member of the Florida Education Legislative Liaisons (FELL). She is an avid runner and lover of Florida.

*To obtain 1 continuing education credit:You must be an IFDF member (firm establishment owner, individual member, and affiliate member).

  • You must attend the full webinar to obtain credit; partial credit will not be awarded.
  • You must login to Zoom using your full name and remain logged into the webinar for the entirety of the event.
  • Prior to or immediately after the event, forward your FL license number to Ruth Bedell, to sign up for CE credit.
  • IFDF will issue documentation granting credit within 2 weeks post-event after verifying full attendance.

Not an IFDF member? You can join as an Individual member and earn up to 6 CEUs at no cost and $20 each for the next 6 CEUs toward your license renewal by attending the monthly "Straight Talks."

Click here for more information and to join


For More Information:

Ruth Bedell, PhD, QAS
Ruth Bedell, PhD, QAS
Associate Director for Outreach Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (850)222-0198