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Cathy Benko

Vice Chairman and Managing Principal, Deloitte LLP

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Cathy is renowned for being among the first to design and implement a systemic response to the changing world of work. She is a widely acclaimed thought leader and authority on transformational change to achieve exceptional results. Her signature corporate lattice™ framework is internationally recognized as a model for how careers are built, work gets done and organizational collaboration is fostered in the 21st century. Cathy holds dual roles as Deloitte Consulting’s talent game-changer and leader of Deloitte’s corporate citizenship agenda, driving the firm’s collective societal impact. These roles tap into skills honed in her prior positions including chief talent officer (CHRO), global e-Business leader, high technology industry sector leader, lead client service partner and national managing director of Deloitte’s award-winning Women’s Initiative.

Cathy is a U.S. patent holder and bestselling co-author of a series of books published by Harvard Press: The Corporate Lattice (2010), Mass Career Customization (2007) and Connecting the Dots (2003). These works have been translated into multiple languages, and her byline appears in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, FastCompany, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Time, among others.

She has received numerous distinctions for her professional achievements including Consulting Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Consultants” and “Frontline Leader” recognitions, and its inaugural “Leadership Achievement Award” for Women Leaders in Consulting. She has also been honored by the YWCA, Women in Technology International (WITI) and the San Francisco Business Times, which inducted her into its Forever Influential Honor Roll for exceptional women leaders. Cathy is a member of Catalyst’s Board of Advisors and Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board of Directors and Executive Committee/NC. She also serves as a judge for the Harvard Business Review McKinsey Awards.

She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Ramapo College of New Jersey, which recognized her with its 2014 President’s Award of Merit and its Distinguished Citizenship Award in 2010. Cathy lives in Northern California with her husband and children, although she remains a “Jersey Girl” at heart. A native of Nutley, NJ, she was recently inducted into the township’s Hall of Fame.

Look for her @cbenko and her latest articles at Harvard Business Review and DUPress.

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