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Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte

Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte

As CEO of Deloitte, Cathy Engelbert leads one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States with more than 85,000 professionals, providing services to over 80 percent of the Fortune 500.

For more than 30 years, Cathy has had a distinguished career serving large and complex global clients and has served as a specialist in financial instruments. She previously led the US audit practice and is currently a member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors.

Cathy is chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board, the chair of Catalyst, and a vice chair of the Partnership for New York City. She is a member of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable, the Business Roundtable, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board. She also serves on the Accounting Advisory Board of Lehigh University.

She regularly speaks to media and in the marketplace relative to global business trends, the new business reality, and the dynamics of the shifts shaping the future of the workplace.

Cathy is on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for the third consecutive year. She is ranked on Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the 50 Highest Rated CEOs, and among Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. Cathy is also recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Moms.

Cathy received a BS in accounting from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. She is married and has two children.

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A collection of media coverage featuring Cathy Engelbert

Deloitte CEO Honored Among Most Powerful Women in Accounting
Highlights CPA Practice Advisor’s 2017 Most Powerful Women in Accounting List in which Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert was honored. Engelbert shares her unique view on women in the accounting profession, the future of accounting and impact of pervasive technological developments, and career advice to young professionals aspiring to be leaders.

Cathy Engelbert on Female Leadership: Moving from Novelty to Norm
Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert shares with Forbes why she is participating in the Catalyst CEO Champions for Change initiative, highlighting the importance of gender diversity and getting to a point where female leadership moves from “novelty to the norm.” Engelbert, alongside Catalyst CEO and President Deborah Gillis and several other executives, are committed to advancing women in leadership roles across industries and businesses.

Deloitte’s Engelbert on the three trends changing the profession
At the 110th annual meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert discussed key factors shaping the accounting industry today. In her forward-looking remarks, Engelbert cited technology trends, demographics and innovation, as well as changing client needs as the three focus areas for the industry as it evolves. While this transformation brings about uncertainties, Engelbert emphasized that it will also bring about great opportunity.

Deloitte CEO on investments in employees, Deloitte’s greatest R&D
Cathy Engelbert shares with Forbes the keys to Deloitte’s success and placement on Working Mother’s Best Companies List, which centers around Deloitte’s commitment to workers’ needs. Engelbert highlights her keen focus on addressing the issues and needs that are most important to employees at every point in the life cycle—not only because it is what employees want, but because it’s what’s right.

Deloitte CEO on reimagining the workforce for mothers, all employees–Deloitte ranks on Working Mother’s Best Companies List
Surrounding Deloitte’s placement on Working Mother’s Best Companies to Work for List for the 24th consecutive year, Cathy Engelbert shares with USA Today how Deloitte is reimagining the workforce through innovation and talent, and will continue to develop programs that help the company look for and retain superior talent.

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert on leadership, success, and lessons from the c-suite
In a sit-down video interview with Moira Forbes for, Engelbert explores a variety of topics ranging from her personal experiences in her 30-plus year career to experiences that consistently reinforce her commitment to supporting Deloitte’s most valued asset—its people.

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List for third consecutive year
Ranking no. 16 on this year’s Fortune Most Powerful Women List, Engelbert joins highly influential female leaders who are making a significant impact to their company, the economy, and society at large.  

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert on driving Future of Mobility forward in Quartz
In a joint contributed byline for Quartz, Cathy and Scott Corwin, Deloitte managing director and Future of Mobility practice leader, discuss the future of work and mobility. The two emphasize how throughout history, automation has often helped increase labor productivity, reinvent jobs and focus workers on the higher value-added elements of work, and the future of mobility is no exception.

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert on embracing the co-bot, doubling-down on diversity
Speaking to CNBC “Squawk Box,” Cathy Engelbert continues to lead the conversation on the work of the future, sharing her unique insights on how automation and AI will bring a competitive advantage to the workplace and encourage the reskilling of employees. In doubling-down on Deloitte’s commitment to diversity, Engelbert underlines the creation of inclusion councils as an initiative to more broadly address the views of all employees.  

Glassdoor: Deloitte CEO Q&A
In a Q&A around Glassdoor’s annual “Highest Rated CEO” list, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert discusses the latest in leadership, building an organizational culture, and fostering employee trust and engagement.

Forbes: Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte join +150 CEOs on pledge for a more diverse, inclusive workplace
A Forbes spotlight piece takes a closer look at the +150 CEO-backed Action for Diversity and Inclusion, which pledges to focus on three main areas: creating a safe workplace environment for dialogue, mitigating unconscious bias, and sharing best practices for fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Cathy Engelbert signed the pledge on behalf of Deloitte as a commitment to continue Deloitte’s efforts to create a more diverse, inclusive workplace.

Duke: Deloitte CEO Engelbert delivers commencement at Duke MBA graduation 2017
On May 13, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert served as the MBA Commencement Speaker for The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In her remarks, Cathy provided key takeaways for the graduating class to succeed in today’s workforce.

Quartz: Deloitte CEO shares her favorite book recommendation for new grads
Alongside fellow business leaders, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert shares one of her favorite book recommendations for new grads with Quartz. According to Engelbert, reading The Fourth Industrial Revolution could position recent grads well in interviews, given the book tackles complex concepts including the way in which technological advancements will fundamentally alter the way we live and work.

CNBC: For Mother’s Day, Cathy Engelbert shares best career advice from mom with CNBC
Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, along with eight other highly-successful female executives, shared the career advice their mothers gave them tied to Mother’s Day with CNBC. Cathy attributed her success to growing up in a house with five brothers, and shared, “My mom always told me and my sisters, 'You can do anything the boys can do. After all, you're growing up right alongside five of them.'"

Quartz: Deloitte CEO to Quartz: How "The Jetsons" helped quell fears on job automation
Cathy shares a story on how she sat her son down to watch The Jetsons to show the decades-long concerns about automation and the future of jobs. Cathy pointed out how “there will always be a need for human judgment and ingenuity.”

The Hill: Deloitte CEO Engelbert on how we can revitalize our nation's infrastructure
Cathy outlines three key approaches to addressing the current U.S. infrastructure challenge: think big but start small, leverage smart systems, and encourage the public and private sectors to collaborate.

Deloitte CEO on NAFE’s Top Companies for Women Executives in 2017 in Forbes
Following Deloitte’s distinction from the National Associate of Female Executives (NAFE) as a top 10 company for women executives, Forbes highlights Cathy’s comments on ongoing efforts to attract the best talent by cultivating a diverse organization. Cathy credits Deloitte’s commitment to inclusion as a key component of the company’s leadership.

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert featured on Fortune's “Unfiltered” podcast
Cathy discusses how she achieved her own work life integration while growing her career at Deloitte, and how you can do it all as defined by you. Cathy also touches on Deloitte’s family care announcement, innovative investments in its people, women in leadership, and the digitization of today’s workforce.
Deloitte’s perspective on the 2017 economy and helping employees create balance
As part of Fox Business’s “Morning with Maria” CEO Cathy Engelbert speaks with Maria Bartiromo about the importance of family leave for both men and women, and provides an overview of economic outlook expectations in 2017.
Davos business leaders give Donald Trump a wary embrace

At the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert shared her thoughts, alongside the world’s most prominent business leaders, around the importance of specific reforms and policies, as well as the global business outlook with the Financial Times. (Subscription only)

Deloitte CEO to CNN: Why we're giving employees four months family leave
Cathy sat down with CNN’s Poppy Harlow for the “American Opportunity” series to discuss the details on Deloitte’s expanded family leave program, touching on what’s top of mind for talent, the multigenerational workforce and helping to lead the way for other companies

Cathy Engelbert byline on Family leave invests in our employees
In a contributed byline for The Hill, Cathy shares details on Deloitte’s new family leave program, the return on investments in talent, and how innovative organizations can build a “culture of courage” in their workplaces.

Cathy Engelbert featured in Fast Company’s “Secrets of the most productive people” Issue

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert gives her tips on how to stay productive while overseeing nearly 80,000 people as CEO alongside nine other business and entertainment influencers; Cathy also provides an inside-look at her daily life, her advice to take small recovery breaks daily and her mantra.

Women in the Workplace: Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert talks family leave, the gender gap and striking "sorry"
As a part of Inc.’s “Entrepreneurship After the Election” series, Cathy speaks with Elizabeth Gore, entrepreneur-in-residence at Dell, about the importance of family leave, the gender pay gap, fostering a culture of innovation and her advice for women in the workplace.

CEO Cathy Engelbert on starting a new conversation for women
In advance of the TIME and Fortune Global Forum at the Vatican, Cathy discusses why women remain the most untapped natural resource in the global marketplace and the power today’s leaders have in changing the narrative around women’s equality at a societal and individual level.

Bring trust to your first job, says Deloitte’s Engelbert in
In celebration of #AuditorProud day, Cathy reflected on her experiences from her first job at Deloitte on In the piece, she provides actionable insights for talent heading to their first jobs.  

Cathy Engelbert speaks with Fortune around Most Powerful Women 2016 ranking
Cathy was named No. 15 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s List 2016. Deloitte has emerged as a paid-leave champion, instituting a major policy change that will allow all employees—men and women—16 weeks of time off to care for family members.

Deloitte CEO on expanding family leave: CNBC “Squawk Box”
Following Deloitte’s announcement on their extended Family Care program, Cathy discusses the benefits of offering employees time off for life events as a key differentiator for attracting and retaining talent.

CEO Cathy Engelbert on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" discussing family care announcement
Cathy joined “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss why investing in talent is critical for innovation and Deloitte’s Family Care announcement, the most extensive family leave policy in the professional services industry.

Deloitte CEO on what the Rio Olympics teaches business leaders
Timed to the opening ceremony of the 31st Summer Olympic Games, which kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016, Cathy provides actionable advice for how professionals can channel their inner Olympian and become stronger, successful leaders.

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert: Create success on your own terms
Keynoting the NEW Executive Leaders Forum, Cathy discussed her personal career journey, mentorship, and the importance in taking risks with fellow Deloitte colleague, Alison Kenney Paul, global lead client service partner.

Deloitte CEO oversees Oakmont clinic to build leadership in young girls
Partnering with the LPGA-USGA Girl’s Golf program at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, which was also the site of the 2016 US Open, Cathy led Deloitte’s annual IMPACT Day event where she engaged approximately 100 girls in a series of golf and leadership stations.

Cathy Engelbert named as one of Glassdoor’s 2016 list of “highest rated CEOs”
Appearing on Glassdoor’s list for the first time, Cathy was voted by Deloitte employees as the 41st highest rated CEO in the United States, and was one of four female CEOs to make the company’s annual list.

Engelbert on life sciences innovation in financial reporting for CFO Journal
Co-chairing CBI’s 12th Life Sciences Accounting & Reporting Congress, Cathy highlights how innovative technologies and business model realignment has brought opportunity to the life sciences sector, and why business leaders should take notice on how these trends will impact their organizations.

‘It’s all about confidence’ for USC Leventhal commencement speaker Cathy Engelbert
As the 2016 commencement speaker at USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting, Cathy detailed how the professional services field is becoming more dynamic due to the pace of change, millennial workforce, and innovation breakthroughs. She also shared her career advice to “never graduate” and why confidence has been the key to her success.

Working Mother names Cathy Engelbert one of 2016's Most Powerful Moms
Working Mother Magazine recognized Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert on their Most Powerful Moms of 2016 list, alongside entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business leaders, and artists. Cathy shared how discussing family commitments inspires others to do the same, and helps foster a positive environment for parents, not just mothers, at work.

CEO Cathy Engelbert on the importance of innovation and workforce diversity
In a Wall Street Journal CFO Journal post, Cathy discusses top-of-mind business issues for senior executives, innovation’s influence on the workplace, and the value of a diverse workforce.

From the NCAA basketball courts to the corner office: Cathy Engelbert in Forbes
On the Forbes “Success” page, CEO Cathy Engelbert highlights leadership skills she learned from the basketball court that have helped her succeed within her career.

Deloitte CEO on why personal mentors and sponsors matter in leadership
On Bloomberg TV, Cathy shares how key influences in her life helped build her capabilities and contribute to her success. Cathy shares how she never aspired to be CEO, but to be a leader. Cathy attributes her path to success to the mentors and sponsors who encouraged her to raise her hand and take risks.

Cathy Engelbert on lessons from the World Economic Forum
Cathy spoke with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo at the 2016 World Economic Forum on topics related to the global economy including the innovative tectonic industrial changes taking place today’s business world.

Skills gap or wage gap? Cathy Engelbert discusses gender-pay inequality in the workplace
Using her experience as a female leader and Deloitte's inclusive culture, Cathy joined Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” to discuss the gender pay gap in the workplace and talent’s need to develop core skills.

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert in Delta Sky magazine
Cathy Engelbert was featured in the June issue of Delta Sky magazine. Cathy talks about Deloitte’s hiring plans, focus on innovation, and commitment to advancing diversity and Inclusion.

Cathy Engelbert named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women of 2015 List
Fortune celebrated Cathy Engelbert for making history when she was named CEO of a major professional services firm in the United States, and placed her on its list as the highest ranking newcomer of the Most Powerful Women of 2015.

Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert shares advice on how to achieve success
United Airline’s magazine, Hemispheres, recently published an article featuring Cathy Engelbert and her role as CEO at Deloitte. Cathy discusses the role teamwork, collaborative environments, and a partnership culture play in success.

Cathy Engelbert on the future of the Fortune 500 and the five things companies should keep in mind to stay relevant
Cathy Engelbert recently spoke with Fortune about the five things she believes companies need to do in order to remain relevant and successful as the Fortune 500 continues to evolve. Engelbert emphasizes the customer, evolution, the eco-system, employees, and diversity.

Cathy Engelbert on Deloitte and the professional services industry
Forbes recently published a Q&A with CEO Cathy Engelbert. In the piece, Cathy shares her vision for the organization and provides an insider’s look at Deloitte’s direction and strategy.

Deloitte recognized as a leader
In honor of Mother’s Day, ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd and Maria Shriver spoke with guests Cathy Engelbert and a Maryland teacher for a segment on the state of the American mother. Deloitte was invited to participate given its family-friendly policies and long history of supporting not just women and moms, but all working professionals.

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Deloitte LLP elects first female CEO of a major US professional services firm, Cathy Engelbert; Mike Fucci elected Chairman of the Board.

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