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More Than 300 Business Leaders Celebrated the Accomplished Honorees at SFBW’s Annual Prestigious Women Awards

NBC 6 News’s Kristin Sanchez lent her star power as featured emcee, while Island TV was the presenting sponsor of the sold-out event.

SFBW was thrilled to celebrate the achievements and successes of professional women in the tri-county area, as South Florida’s growth and dynamism would be inconceivable without them. Lifestyle Media Group and SFBW are especially invested in these awards, because like the companies represented here, we have taken a proactive approach to nurturing the careers and talents of women, and have benefited from their skills, vision and positions in leadership.

Before the awards were announced, the bubbly flowed from Paradise Prosecco’s party truck and guests sampled glasses of Wildlilly wine as movers and shakers from a range of industries networked. Once everyone was seated, the dynamic co-owner of Island TV, Tamara Rodriguez, dazzled the crowd with her comments on women’s empowerment; Island TV served as presenting sponsor. The event’s gold sponsor was Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours and its sister company, Emerald Cruises. Ken Muskat, managing director of Scenic Group USA, proved himself an avid ally of women’s advancement with his supportive remarks.

Hosting duties were shared by SFBW’s managing director Kim Sarni and Lifestyle magazine’s publisher Michelle Simon—the two welcomed to the stage emcee Kristin Sanchez, NBC 6’s news and traffic anchor, and SFBW’s editor-in-chief, Drew Limsky.

“Once again, SFBW was proud to offer this event, because every time we do this, we continue to chip away at both the overt and subtle barriers to advancement that many women still endure,” read the event program. “You can’t underestimate visibility: The Prestigious Women Awards is a key part of our ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion project, because before you can be prestigious, you have to be seen—and heard.”

The women we honored represented a diverse group, from entrepreneurs and C-suite executives to rising stars to leaders of professional associations and the nonprofit world. Each has made an indelible contribution to their organization and the community at large. SFBW considered nominees from all over South Florida, with honorees selected by our executive board.

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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.