Miami’s Leading Business Women

Business / May 26, 2016 /

Miami is the only major U.S. city started by a woman. Now women like founder of Venture Hive Susan Amat, Jackie Soffer the Co-CEO of Turnberry Associates, and EarlyShares CEO Joanna Schwartz, are among those leading business growth in Miami. These women show what is possible when you combine creativity, innovation, vision, and hard work. The three of them are among a growing number of women in Miami creating successful business and making a name for themselves in South Florida. Their companies are creating jobs, helping to stimulate the economy, and revolutionizing a wide range of industries.

Cultivating And Educating Entrepreneurs
Dr. Susan Amat has long been involved in entrepreneurship education and has built numerous successful entertainment businesses. Through Venture Hive, she offers communities and organizations worldwide effective entrepreneurial ecosystems based on sound educational principles using k-12 programs, universities, and accelerators. Dr. Amat has both an MBA and a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship. She has taught at the University of Miami and was the Miami-Dade County Public Schools STEM Board founding chairperson. Dr. Amat has consulted with the World Bank, the U.S. State Department, and the Kaufman Foundation. She was named a ‘Champion of Change’ at a White House ceremony in 2012.

A Real Estate Giant
Jackie Soffer is CEO and Co-Chairman of real estate development giant Turnberry Associates and she is married to Craig Robins. She’s in charge of the company’s hospitality, retail, and office divisions. This includes South Florida’s Aventura Mall, the area’s largest super-regional shopping center. A University of Colorado graduate, Soffer is a North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art board member and independent board director of the Washington Prime Group with 98 properties covering 53 million square feet in 23 states. A member of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach board, Soffer founded the community based arts initiative Turnberry for the Arts.

Capital Raising And Investing
With a University of Vermont BA and a Harvard Business School MBA, Joanna Schwartz, the Co-Founder of, and commercial online real estate capital raising company, is an award-winning executive. For over 20 years she’s been an entrepreneur, advisor, and successful business leader. Schwartz founded and was managing director of small-balance commercial mortgage lender Silver Hill Financial which has over $1 billion in annual volume. She held leadership positions at several companies and was named Top Business Woman of the year by the South Florida Business Journal.

These women are boldly leading Miami businesses to a lucrative future.