In July 2019, Cathy Engelbert became the first-ever Commissioner of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), charged with bolstering visibility for the sport of women’s basketball, empowering the WNBA players, and enhancing fan engagement.
Prior to joining the WNBA, Cathy spent 33 years with Deloitte and in 2015, she was elected the first woman CEO in the history of a Big Four professional services firm. As CEO of Deloitte, she led one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States with more than 100,000 professionals. Over the course of her tenure, Cathy led a large transformation across the business by moving the firm towards emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, robotics and cloud, including securing ecosystem partnerships with large technology companies, and executing digital acquisitions. During her tenure, revenues grew over 30%, and Cathy drove a people-first agenda, including implementing a holistic well-being culture through programs like Deloitte’s 16-week family leave policy. Prior to her role as CEO of Deloitte, she led Deloitte’s audit practice. She was also on the Deloitte Board of Directors.
Cathy serves as vice chair of the Partnership for New York City, and a member of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable and Council on Foreign Relations. She has also had significant marketplace leadership roles, including serving as the first woman chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board and, as a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, as the first woman chair of the Catalyst Board, a global non-profit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women. She was also a founding member of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, and a member of the Business Roundtable, where she sat on the Education & Workforce and Immigration committees. She also served on the Steering Committee of the Fortune CEO Initiative, and as vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board. She has been listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for four consecutive years, and is ranked on Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the 100 Highest Rated CEOs, and one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Productive People.
Cathy received a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University and is a member of its Accounting Advisory Board. She is married and has two children—earning her the recognition as one of Working Mother magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Moms for three years.