First Woman Named CEO Deloitte. Offers Advise


This month, Cathy Englebert made history as the first woman CEO of Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” professional services firms. She’ll oversee a balance sheet of $15 billion and an employee base of 65,000 folks.


I have been following Deloitte’s efforts over the years to create a culture of inclusion and mobility. Certainly, her position speaks well for those efforts and Deloitte is ranked among Fortunes Best Places to Work.


Her word of advise to other women, “Be willing to take risks.”Sounds fair enough.

So, I want to take another risk. I do have two questions I would pose to her:


  • What trade-offs did it take to reach that position?

  • With professional services noted for their billable hour mentality, how has she (or will she) exchange that mindset so that employees in all ranks can integrate their professional and personal lives?


Provocative questions. I wonder how to get an answer from her.


You don’t ask, you don’t get. That’s also good career advise.

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