Growing up in rural Missouri, Lesleighan never knew the opportunities that the floral industry would have in store for her. While working towards her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Agricultural Education, Cravens found her niche and what would soon become her home. Shortly after graduation, Lesleighan Cravens AIFD, CFD, PFCI began doing what she considers her “dream job.”
Since starting at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Lesleighan has received multiple certifications and awards through the floral industry. In 2017, she received her Certified Floral Designer through the American Institute of Floral Designers, was awarded her Professional Floral Communicator International through the Society of American Florists and named 35 under 35 by Florist Review and just recently awarded her accreditation into the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Lesleighan is also the advisor for the Mizzou Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers and coaches a national ranking team. Her chapter members compete in various design competitions within the state and nation while educating the state through various public classes.
Lesleighan will be an instructor at the Designing for Excellence - University of Missouri location.