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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 and is responsible for approximately 80,000 professionals. Deloitte professionals provide audit, tax, consulting and advisory services, and serve more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500, producing measurable and enduring impact on behalf of clients, people, communities, and society.

Since 1986, Cathy has had a distinguished career serving large and complex global clients. She previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she led the U.S. audit practice. Cathy is currently a member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors.

Cathy has spoken to influential media including CBS, CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, FOX Business Network, and Fortune about global business trends, professional services, and Deloitte’s growth strategy. Cathy also frequently discusses how to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate America with major news outlets.

Cathy is the chairman of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board and is listed as one of Fortune’s 2016 and 2015 Most Powerful Women. In 2016, Cathy was also 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 for 2015. Cathy is also recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2016 and Fast Company magazine’s Most Productive People of 2016. Cathy is a member of the board of directors of Catalyst, a member of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable, the Business Roundtable, and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board.

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 a member of the Accounting Advisory Board for Lehigh University. Cathy is married and has two children.

A collection of media coverage featuring Cathy Engelbert

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 “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” Cathy 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 4 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 US 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 US 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 US 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 US 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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