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Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Aliette DelPozo Rodz

Aliette DelPozo Rodz is a business litigation partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is Chair of the firm’s Cuba Task Force, Diversity Committee and Focus on Women Group. Aliette serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes in state and federal courts, in arbitration and before administrative agencies.

Favorite quote: Never, never, never give up. — Winston Churchill

Fun fact: I am known as “Wonder Woman” ( the Linda Carter version ?)

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I play tennis and enjoy time with my two sons, Andre and Alec. Every night during the week, we have dinner at the table at 9 p.m. or so. It is horribly late, I know, but there is no moment more valuable than this quality time. It is my time to unwind.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? While being a woman in corporate America has changed significantly for the better over the last two decades of my career, we are women building our careers still in a man’s world. One of the greatest challenges that I have faced is recognizing that I am equal to my peers and simply the other skilled professional in the room. Through time, experience and maturity, I have learned to ignore the gender differences and always be prepared to exhibit my skill, passion and dedication for my clients and the practice. This has allowed me to succeed in my profession.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? The most monumental moment in my career was becoming the first Hispanic female shareholder at Shutts & Bowen in 2010. Breaking glass ceilings is a humbling honor and a step towards paving the way for others after me to succeed. I am very proud to see others thereafter joining my ranks.

Who are your role models? I have a few role models: My role models have provided different examples of who I want to be. My mother is my moral compass, the person who taught me to stand tall/honest and on the proverbial “right side of the line” no matter what the circumstances. My colleague, Harold E. Patricoff, Esq, has taught me the business of law. He is an amazing rainmaker. Steve Gillman, Esq., another colleague of mine, has taught me the importance of attention to detail; leaving no stone unturned for the plight of our clients. I have not looked to iconic figures as role models because I believe that it is those around me who have truly shaped me in my profession.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Speak when you have something of substance to offer and not for the sake of hearing your own voice.

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Always respect yourself for others to do the same. Trust your instincts and never put on paper what you would not feel comfortable showing to a Judge or your mother.

How does being a woman has impacted your career?I don’t think my gender is what has impacted my career. I think my tenacity, persistence and determination has made the difference. I believe both men and women have obstacles to surpass (albeit different ones) and it is those individuals that never give up and rise to the challenge who succeed.

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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.