American Financial Services Association

Elizabeth Cobb

Elizabeth Cobb

PeopleWomen's Leadership Council

Elizabeth Cobb

Vice President, Human Resources
Southern Management Corporation

Elizabeth Cobb
Vice President, Human Resources
Southern Management Corporation
Greenville, SC 29601
Direct: (864)272-6090
Mobile: (704) 560-5734
ecobb@smcredit.com
www.mymoneytogo.com

Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wake Forest University. She received a Master’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Elizabeth spent two years with Andersen Consulting (Accenture), 11 years with Bank of America in training, recruiting and human resources leadership roles, seven years with Wells Fargo in recruiting and human resources leadership roles and five years with Southern Management Corporation, her current position.

Areas of Expertise
Organizational Strategy, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Talent Identification

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Organizational Leadership

What three keywords best describe you?
Committed, Social, Empathetic

Personal Motto
"Good is the enemy of Great." (Jim Collins)

What are you passionate about?
My two daughters (12 and 14), animals, reading, skiing, rollerblading, gardening, and having a glass of wine with friends.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I was valedictorian of my high school class of 350.

Who has been a role model for you?
My father. He is ethical, firm yet kind, never engages in gossip and delivered 9,000 babies in his career. He is also a great dancer.

What are you most proud of?
Earning my Master’s degree while working full time. It was five years from my first prerequisite class to the approval of my thesis.

MENTORING

What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Being committed to another's development, building an authentic relationship, reciprocal feedback, and a passion for leading and guiding others.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Your execution will take you only so far, and then your success will be mostly dependent upon your leadership and behavior. Focus on HOW you lead as much as on WHAT you do. Do not push so hard or worry so much. You will get there.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
To align myself with great leaders, even if it means changing employers. If ever I find myself with a poor leader, I should move on. A bad manager can make even the most fabulous job exhausting. Life is too short.