Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Cathy Engelbert, CPA, CEO of Deloitte LLP: First Woman to Lead a Big Four Firm in the U.S. Discusses the Path She Took

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Cathy Engelbert, CPA, CEO of Deloitte LLP: First Woman to Lead a Big Four Firm in the U.S. Discusses the Path She Took

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Cathy Engelbert, CPA, became the first female CEO of a Big Four audit, accounting, and consulting firm in the United States on March 11 when she took the helm of Deloitte LLP In an interview, she told the JofA of a time early in her career when she nearly decided to leave public accounting, and she shared her thoughts on what it takes to achieve career success. Here is an edited version of the discussion:

"I was a senior manager, pregnant with my first child. I would have been up for partner that year. I was trying to figure out what my career would look like in the future and trying to figure out if I could balance my career and parenting at Deloitte, or would I balance it in the corporate world? I did consider a very large corporate job ... something that was attractive. When it came down to it, I thought about culture, I thought about Deloitte and, quite frankly, the women's initiative that started in the '90s when this was all happening, and I wanted to continue to be a part of that. And it was the best decision, quite frankly, I ever made. …

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