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Apogee Awards Honorees: Susan N. Eisenberg

Susan N. Eisenberg has over 25 years of experience representing employers in all aspects of employment matters. She is a mediator and arbitrator as well. Susan is the office managing partner of Cozen O’Connor’s Miami office, and regularly writes and speaks on employment issues for various organizations. Susan earned a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

 

Fun fact: Before practicing law, I worked as a pharmacist in Michigan and Florida and still hold an active pharmacy license in Florida.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Charly’s Vegan Tacos in Wynwood. My husband is vegan and this is one of our favorite places to go to together.

What do you like to do on weekends? Biking, hiking or walking. Anything to get outdoors and get in some exercise.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? Most people would probably say a glass of wine but what truly helps me unwind at the end of the day is exercising. I love taking a spin class on my Peloton, doing on line classes that my son Zachary teaches for 305 Fitness or lifting weights.

What is your favorite quote? “And this too shall pass.” My mother regularly said this to me, her mother would say it to her and now I say it to my kids. I like this quote because during challenging times it reminds us that the struggle will not last forever and we will make it through to the other side, but it is also relevant in good times. Every moment is fleeting and we should savor every accomplishment, every ounce of quality time with family and every laugh with friends.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? I admire powerful women who have climbed the ladder and made attempts at breaking the glass ceiling. I have read books by Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama and stories about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. These women, and so many others, have faced numerous adversities but have always come out stronger and more inspiring because of it.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? This would have to be when I was made the managing partner of the Miami office of Cozen O’Connor. I am one of only a handful of female managing partners at law firms in South Florida and I do not take that fact lightly. I work very hard to do my job well.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it?Being a lawyer in and of itself is one long challenging moment and balancing that with a personal life is difficult at times. I have had to learn how to set priorities between an active career and personal obligations and understand that I cannot do it all, all of the time. One of the biggest challenges is determining what is important at that moment and letting go of all the rest—learning to compartmentalize is the key.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? The advice I would give would be to find yourself a really good mentor. Everyone can benefit from someone who will teach you and allow you to shadow them. Do not overlook the importance of learning from someone who is further along in their career and has institutional knowledge they can share with you. Be a sponge and absorb all advice; whether or not you ultimately follow that advice.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.