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Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Julie Talenfeld

Julie Talenfeld is the President & CEO of the award-winning BoardroomPR, She has extensive experience in public relations, social and digital media marketing, and reputational management – leading assignments for major corporations, non-profits, and family businesses around Florida and nationally.

Favorite quote: Just do it!

Fun fact: When I was little, I would chase firetrucks and policemen with my friends desperate to know what was happening. Even as a little girl, I’ve always been a news junkie. My father was a CBS News correspondent and I loved watching him on the evening news.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I don’t! I am 24/7, day or night, always working. As working is my passion, so it doesn’t feel like work.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? When my first husband passed away in a scuba diving accident, I was left with two young children to take care of and a business to run. I went through terrible grief, and Boardroom became my refuge. I would work all day, then go home and help coach their sports teams. It was the most challenging time in my life, but I like to think that the business saved me. I poured myself into it to escape my tragic loss.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? When I was in my early 20s, the New York-based investment banking firm worked for was filing for bankruptcy. They made me a deal: I could take the firm’s public relations division I created and run with it. That’s how, at 25 years old, I turned around an adverse situation and became the president of BoardroomPR. It’s amazing to see how we’ve grown; what started as just me inheriting a blank canvas has become a six-office, 18+ employee operation. I couldn’t be prouder of my agency and amazing team!

Who are your role models? My mother, Joan Karp, is my biggest inspiration. She taught me to never take no for an answer, and that “can’t” is a bad word. She is fearless and I am so proud to be her daughter.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Pick up the phone! Texting and emailing is not enough. In order to foster close relationships or even just to follow up with someone, you need to pick up the phone.

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.

How does being a woman has impacted your career? I really love being a woman and have always seen it as a strength rather than a weakness. I embrace my femininity and I don’t try to “lead like a man.” I have always felt that women can be just as strong, powerful, and successful as our male counterparts, and that we should lift up other young woman with us along the way.

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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.