My interactions with Liz often leave me exhausted….. This competitive marathoner exudes energy, LOTS OF ENERGY! And she pulls people with her as she ventures out with family and friends.
After graduating from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1990, Liz went on to Seton Hall University School of Law. While enjoying the heights of Seton Hall’s basketball team during those years, she graduated in 1993 with her JD. There was no overwhelming interest in commercial real estate, but an uncle owned a title company in Pennsylvania, so she felt somewhat comfortable with that field.
Although Liz is a self-proclaimed “Cranky Yankee”, she showed her Southern Belle attributes when she moved to Richmond for love. Turned out to be false love, but hey, she was here and started competing in marathons. Augmenting her slim earnings as a young professional, she worked in a number of catering gigs. It was during this unplanned employment that she met her true love, Tom Steele. They starting dating in 2000 and married in 2002. The Steeles will be celebrating their 17th anniversary in May of this year.
Liz made a strategic shift in her career when she joined Southern Title in 1999. There she worked with Ann Hall Kendall, who would quickly become an important figure in her professional development. Ann Hall was a member of CREW Richmond, and introduced Liz to this dynamic and growing group of professional women. She stayed with Southern Title for a full decade before joining another title company. That move proved not to be a good fit and she left after a couple of years. Looking to be a Mom First in a work/life balancing act, Liz joined Stewart Title. While the change meant a decrease in compensation, it offered an appealing work environment with flexibility to attend to family matters. In May, 2018 Liz joined GRS Title as the Director of Commercial Transactions, where she puts her high energy to work on both local and national transactions.
Over her career, Liz has had the good fortune to have mentors guide her development. One of those was Ann Hall Kendall, while the other two were men. . They all supported her and put her in places that she needed to be in order to grow, expending their political capital to do so. Liz appreciates the focus that CREW places on members supporting each other in their development needs. She joined CREW in 2001 and was initially in awe of the group of seasoned professional women, she definitely didn’t feel she had the cache that the others had. Through determination (and good old fashioned stubbornness), she forced herself out of her comfort zone to attempt to expand and grow.
Her leadership experience in CREW Richmond started when she joined the Programs committee and eventually was the director for several years. She progressed to Director of the Communications committee and served on various other committees as well. In 2016, Liz served as the Chapter’s President, and claims it was one of the best things she’s ever done, PERIOD!. Her local chapter experience has led her to be active with the National Convention, which she’s found to have opened up her network in a million ways.
Liz concludes by recognizing that her success is attributable to many things (including CREW) but most importantly the incredible amount of support she’s enjoyed from her family, and feels that she’s a better mom and wife because she’s engaged in challenging and satisfying work every day which helps to feed her energetic personality. This girl is non-stop!