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Elizabeth Jacobs, Senior VP, Finance and Accounting Search Division of Steven Douglas Associates makes the list!

The South Florida Business Journal is proud to again honor 25 of the region’s top businesswomen – those who have gone above and beyond, not just for their companies, but for the communities they serve.
This year’s honorees came from varied backgrounds, but have all worked equally hard to achieve their goals. In our special section, you’ll find out more about their professional and personal stories.
Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments at a luncheon on Sept. 13 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Go to http://bizj.us/dca01 to register, or call Maureen D’Silva at (954) 949-7522 for more information.



Senior VP, Finance and Accounting Search Division, Steven Douglas Associates

1301 International Parkway, Suite 501, Sunrise 33323
(954) 385-8595

B.S. in accounting, Fairleigh Dickinson University
M.B.A. in finance, Fordham University
Corporate tax accountant, investment banking analyst, division controller, Morgan Stanley
Recruiter, regional manager, Kforce

Personal note

“The real me is an overachieving perfectionist who can’t go to sleep at night unless every single thing is put in its place. Not one fork or spoon in the sink or one toy out of place,” she says. “The fun me loves to listen to live music while sitting on a beach with the people I love. The competitor in me ran my first half-marathon this past January. Now I’m addicted.”

A leader, a role model, a willing co-worker, an achiever. To Elizabeth Jacobs, these are the attributes of an influential businesswoman.

“An influential businesswoman is someone who doesn’t ask anything of her team that she wouldn’t do herself,” she says. “She is someone that lends a hand to anyone in need, regardless of the fact that she may not have the extra time to help or isn’t required to give the help.”

When she joined Steven Douglas Associates in 2002, Jacobs was on a team of two. Today, there are six who represent the largest segment of the company’s search practice. She has accomplished this while she and her husband raise two young children – with a philosophy that “missing any of their events is not an option.”
Beyond work and family, Jacobs works with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The annual gala she co-chaired last year raised $400,000.

“I know that money saved a child’s life and that my help made this happen,” she says.

Her advice to others: Believe in yourself, treat people fairly – regardless of level – and “never forget you are part of a team, no matter what your role is within the organization.”

Jacobs believes confidence, perseverance and compassion are the core drivers that have helped her succeed.
“I have always had the attitude of, ‘I can do anything if I want it bad enough,’” she says. “I may not have achieved every single goal, but I can always walk away knowing I gave it 100 percent.”

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