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Leslie Riley

- 2000 Honoree - Youth Achiever


I attended Florida State University where I received mentorship and guidance from Drs. Melvin and Patricia Stith. Dr. Patricia Stith encouraged me to study abroad, so one summer I spent a month in London taking her class "People of Color in Western Europe". It was an interactive class, so we got to see a lot of the culture in London.  About 10 of us even took a weekend trip to Paris. That month in Europe was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I was so blessed to experience it.

Throughout my college career, I served as an officer in several honor societies, school organizations, and at my local church's collegiate ministry while working part-time. I successfully graduated from FSU with a bachelor's degree in Accounting in December 2003 and a master's degree in Accounting with a major in Taxation in April of 2005.

After graduation, I moved back to Plantation and purchased a home down the street from my high school. I have been working in Tax and Accounting for almost 7 years now. I started my career in a "Big Four" accounting firm for 2 years, and I am currently working for a mid-size accounting firm in downtown Fort Lauderdale where I have been for almost 5 years. I became a licensed CPA in 2010.

In July of 2010, I married Sherwin Riley and we are now expecting our first child.  It's a boy!  

I must say that being awarded the Jerome Edmund Gray Scholarship definitely gave me the opportunity to start my adult life on the right foot. I am extremely blessed and grateful for all God has allowed me to achieve as an a result of JM Family's generosity, and I know the best is yet to come! A special thanks to Jan Moran and her late husband, Jim Moran, who I have very fond memories of.

My husband and I are looking forward to attending this 20th anniversary celebration on April 11th.


African-American Achievers