Deloitte has reached a high point in its commitment to diversity in leadership. The consulting firm has chalked a new milestone, topping 1,000 women partners, principals and directors in the U.S.
The company's historical milestone reflects its commitment to supporting women and minority leaders through its Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women (WIN). Deloitte was the first Big Four firm to officially launch such a program.
Deloitte chief executive Barry Salzberg said: “We take great pride in reaching this major achievement. We work in a highly competitive, knowledge-based profession where having the best resources and the most intellectual capital is a critical determinant of our success. At Deloitte, we are focused on improving leadership opportunities for all of our people, regardless of gender or background, and this landmark highlights the fostering of a culture in which everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential.”
“It is extremely rewarding to see the tremendous progress we have made since launching our Women's Initiative in 1993,” said Barbara Adachi, national managing principal of Deloitte LLP's WIN. “Over the past 16 years, we have seen how having a strong group of female leaders inspires new thinking and brings about new approaches to business challenges, which in return enables us to provide the best possible solutions to our clients' problems. This fresh thinking has led to a number of innovations, including mass career customization, a new workplace model that enables professionals -- women and men -- to build sustainable careers.”
In related news, Deloitte was named a 2009 Best Company for Multicultural Women by Working Mother magazine for the fourth consecutive year. The accolade salutes the best 20 U.S. companies each year for their efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Cathy Benko, Deloitte's chief talent officer and vice chairman, said: “Maintaining a culture where all of our people, regardless of their gender and backgrounds, can have a rich and rewarding career is paramount to our culture. At Deloitte, we celebrate and harness strength from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of our people to the benefit of our organization and our clients. As such, fostering a culture of inclusion and innovation is, and has always been, a top priority for our organization.”