Sonia Jacobson has over 30 years experience as an entrepreneur in both the profit and not- for profit arenas. In 1985 she founded Image Development Group, a communications firm providing training seminars for individuals and the corporate community in defining, cultivating and promoting their business image, communications skills, professional presence and international protocol.
In 1994, Sonia co-founded Suited For Success, a non-profit corporation providing employment skills training, professional image, business etiquette and professional clothing for economically disadvantaged women. Several other programs followed: in 1998, an at- risk teen program called START NOW! (Smart Teens Are Responsible for Tomorrow Now!); in 1999, a division of SFS for men called Career Gear-Miami, an affiliate of Career Gear New York. In 2006, a new program called “Barbara’s Girls” was developed to provide foster care girls with professional image and employment skills training.
Each year, since 1996, Former Mayor Alex Penelas of Miami-Dade County proclaimed June 5th Suited For Success Day. Former Governor Lawton Chiles awarded Sonia “Florida’s Finest” an award for outstanding community service. In 1998, former Vice President Al Gore recognized the achievements of Suited For Success.
In May 2007, the women’s program of SFS joined Dress for Success Worldwide in New York City and became Dress for Success Miami. The youth program and men’s program remain Suited For Success.
As a guest speaker, Sonia continues the tradition of providing universities, corporations and business professionals with seminars in professional image, communication skills, business etiquette and international protocol.
Chair: Women’s Business Council/Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors- Switchboard Miami
Board of Directors – Florida Atlantic University/Career Development
Board of Directors-Business & Finance Academy/Miami-Dade County Public Schools Advisory Board: The Non-Violence Project
Advisory Board: GAP (Girls Advocacy Project/Juvenile Justice System)
Executive Committee/ Leadership Miami/The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
Former Vice President/Board Member/ Women of Science: The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel Former President/Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW)
Former Program Chair/Board Member of The Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Former V. President & National Board Member: The Women’s Alliance
American Express, AT&T, BellSouth, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Burger King Corporation, Citibank, Southeast Bank, Hewlett Packard, IBM, JCPenney, Kodak, Marriott Hotels, Fountainebleau Hilton, Sun- Sentinel, University of Miami, Xerox, Greenberg Traurig, Shutts & Bowen, Holland & Knight, Price Waterhouse, Sonesta Trump International Resort, Sonesta Key Biscayne Hotel, Miami Dade College, FIU Chapman School of Hospitality