Leslie A. Murphy is president and CEO of Murphy Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm providing services to businesses, professional firms and not for profit entities in the areas of corporate governance, enterprise risk management, culture enhancement and staff retention, with particular focus on programs dedicated to the advancement of women. Murphy serves on the board of the Board of Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA, KELYB), a world leader in human resource solutions, operating in 37 countries and territories, with revenue approximating $6 billion. She is also a member of the Board of VSP Insurance Company, a $4 billion Company and the largest vision insurance provider in the country, with international frame manufacturing and distribution operations and a network of laboratories fabricating eyewear.
Murphy is a retired partner and former member of the senior leadership team of Plante & Moran, the nation’s 11th largest public accounting and management consulting firm. In October 2005, Murphy became only the third woman to chair the 350,000-member American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA). Murphy joined Plante & Moran in 1973 after earning a BBA in accounting from the University of Michigan. She became partner in 1983 by distinguishing herself through outstanding client service. Murphy has consistently used her leadership skills to effect positive change at the firm, within the accounting profession, and in the realm of community service. She co-founded the firm’s Personal Tightrope Action Committee, whose groundbreaking policy recommendations helped to gain Plante & Moran a place on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the past ten years.
Her leadership and influence within the CPA profession include serving on the AICPA Board of Directors and numerous committees for six years, as well as the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) Board of Directors. Murphy continues her service to the profession as a member of the AICPA Governing Council, a member of the Assurance Services Executive Committee, with a focus on Enterprise Risk Management, and the Commission on Accounting Higher Education, entitled “Pathways to a Profession”. She also possess
Murphy is National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards including: Leaders and Innovators Award from Lawrence Tech University and WWJ-950 Newsradio in 2014, AICPA’s Gold Medal of Distinguished Service in 2012 – the highest individual honor bestowed by the profession, Advisory Board Hall of Fame Inductee in 2011, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Fusion Group’s Horizon Award for Professional Services in May, 2009, MACPA’s Distinguished Achievement Award In September, 2008, the MACPA Outstanding Visionary Award in September, 2005. Murphy was also named Women CPA of the Year by the American Society of CPA’s in 2007, Crain’s Detroit Business’ Most Influential Women in Southeastern Michigan, one of Business Finance’s 2006 Influencers: 60 Authoritative Voices, CPA magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners for 2005 and Accounting Today declared her one of the Top 100 Most Influential People for 2005.
Contributing significant time to the community, Murphy is a current board member and former board chair for United Way of Southeastern Michigan and St. John Providence Health System. She is former board chair and emeritus member of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Early Childhood Investment Corporate Board. She was appointed to the Covenant House Michigan Board in 2011 and became board chair in 2014.