Management Team

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Leah Southers, CPA, CGFM, CFE

Manager, Assurance & Advisory

Leah Southers has been with Williams Adley since 2005 and is a manager in the Assurance & Advisory Practice Group. Her experience includes CFO Act audits, grant and contract audits, performance audits, and agreed-upon procedures. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from George Mason University. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Q: What was your first job?

A: I got my first job at 16 working at a pizza delivery place, putting toppings on pizzas and answering phones. After college, I briefly worked at the city finance office before accepting a job at Williams Adley.

Q: What do you believe brings clients to Williams Adley?

A: I believe people come to Williams Adley because of the quality of our work. We place a great emphasis on professional development and are constantly looking for ways to improve the services we deliver to our clients.

Q: How do you keep a competitive edge?

A: I keep a competitive edge by constantly challenging myself. I believe that the only way to grow and improve is to take on new challenges and develop new skills so I try to approach every challenge as an opportunity to learn new things and increase my knowledge base.

Q: Name one of your talents that benefits clients most.

A: I believe one of my talents is my ability to identify areas for improvement and developing solutions that add value to the client.

Q: How do you spend your time outside of the office?

A: When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three dogs. I also love tackling challenging, new home improvement projects. At any given time, we probably have at least one home improvement project in process. It’s not uncommon for sections of our house to look like a construction zone for months at a time.

Q: What quote or saying guides your professional and/or personal life?

A: “How far you can go and succeed tomorrow is determined by your attitude today.”

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