Cathy Benko is vice chairman and managing principal, Deloitte LLP. Appointed Deloitte Consulting LLP’s talent game-changer, Cathy is a leader in creating innovative solutions that address the radical shifts in today’s workplace. Her signature corporate lattice™ framework is internationally recognized as a leading-edge model for how careers are built, work gets done and organizational collaboration is fostered in the 21st Century.
Recognizing the importance of societal impact in corporate and NGO value creation, Cathy was also appointed leader of Deloitte’s corporate citizenship efforts. These combined roles bring together skills honed through prior experiences, including chief talent officer; managing principal of brand, communications and community; high technology sector leader; global e-business leader, lead client service partner; and 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, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Time, among others. She is a frequent speaker for corporate, nonprofit and public sector audiences on talent, workplace transformation and the role of business in accelerating societal innovation.Cathy has received numerous distinctions for her professional achievements, including Consulting magazine’s “25 Most Influential Consultants” and “Frontline Leader” recognitions as well as the publication’s inaugural Leadership 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 earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Ramapo College of New Jersey, which recently recognized her with its Distinguished Citizenship Award. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two 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.