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Success South Florida Magazine honors Valerie Riles as one of the 25 Most Distinguished Black Business Women in South Florida
July 21, 2009, 6:41 pm
Filed under: Awards and Recognition

South Florida’s premier magazine for black business professionals recently announced its 2009 picks for the 25 most distinguished and prominent black business women in South Florida. Among the 100 nominees selected for this honor was Adrienne Arsht Center’s own Valerie Riles, vice president for Board & Government Relations. Riles has been with the Adrienne Arsht Center since 2003, and as a member of the senior executive team is responsible for nurturing and maintaining the Center’s relationship with a number of governmental bodies – from the federal and state government to the Center’s most substantial partner – Miami-Dade County. She also manages the relationship with the Center’s Board of Directors, a volunteer group of 37 South Florida community leaders who have a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including fiduciary, governance, policy setting and advancement activities.

Valerie Riles and Dexter Bridgeman of Success South Florida Magazine

Valerie Riles and Dexter Bridgeman of Success South Florida Magazine

Valerie Riles came to the Adrienne Arsht Center from the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida, where she was Interim Executive Director and responsible for the day-to-day management of the research center and the Lyric Theater. Currently, she is a member of the National Black MBA Association and Howard University Alumni Association.

The final 25 honorees were hand-picked by an advisory committee composed of business leaders in the fields of banking, media, politics, medicine and community/non-profit leadership. Riles was honored at a reception in late June at the South Beach Marriott and recognized for her professional accomplishments and vigorous efforts to support her community.

“In receiving this honor, I am humbled to be recognized by my peers, especially when there are so many great women who work tirelessly to impact our community.” Riles said. “The real honor is being a part of an organization which engages its internal leadership in the decisions process, looks for diverse points of view, and appreciates the input it receives.”

As one of several staff members who have received an honor for their outstanding work and impact on the community, Riles and her achievements typify the Adrienne Arsht Center’s excellence in its field. She is an example of the Center’s commitment to engage leaders who apply a mission-centered focus and inclusive approach to making decisions and inspire and motivate others to act upon them.

Earlier this year, the Adrienne Arsht Center won the 2009 South Florida Business Journal award for Best Non Profit. The magazine applauded the Center for its outstanding business practices, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to inclusion.

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