Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Laurie Silvers

Co-founder of SyFy channel; co-CEO of hollywood.com; co-founder of misfits gaming, a global esports organization; and owner of five FM radio stations. Chair-elect of the University of Miami board of trustees. Serves on the board of South Florida PBS and PBS Foundation national board.

Favorite quote: If you want something done, give it to a busy woman.

Fun fact: I am a New York Times crossword puzzle addict.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I am all over the place when it comes to unwinding. I love reading historical biographies, going for long walks or a swim, cooking, or whatever else suits my mood at the time.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? I am an entrepreneur, so I am always creating and building businesses. Risk-taking is a big part of what goes into what I do and I have learned the importance of being self-confident and self-reliant.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? I am the co-founder of the SyFy channel. It took four arduous years of hard work to create and launch. When it went live on the air as a national cable network, it was a moment that I will never forget.

Who are your role models? Easy answer: my parents. They taught me to believe in myself. Whatever I have achieved would never have been possible if I had not learned that very valuable lesson.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Failure is just the long road to success.

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Be true to yourself. Don’t be what other people expect you to be. If you are able to do that, you will earn self-respect and the respect of others.

How does being a woman has impacted your career? I think it’s been a positive influence. In the beginning of my career, I was motivated to always work a little harder at everything I did to make sure I was never dismissed due to my gender, and as a result, I never was.

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Drew Limsky



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.