When Kelly Cohen came to Orlando, she expected it to be a quick stop on the way to somewhere else.

But Cohen never got around to leaving – or maybe she just got too busy. In any case, 10 years later, the 39-year-old lobbyist and business development consultant finds herself at work in Orlando’s top political and business circles.

A confidant of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Cohen has worked on or been an adviser on all of his mayoral campaigns. She was appointed to the board of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission when she was 33 years old – the youngest in the organization’s history. She has been named one of Orlando Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People”, Orlando Business Journal named her among the city’s “Forty Under 40” promising young business leaders, and for 2011, she magazine dubbed her “Outstanding Female of the Year.”

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