Cathleen Benko, former Vice Chairman and Managing Principal, Deloitte LLP, is known as a strategist, innovative thinker and market cultivator with a pattern of being tapped for roles where breakthrough progress is needed. These strengths are evidenced throughout her career traversing senior operational appointments within Deloitte—a Fortune 100-equivalent professional services organization—and market- facing client service roles for global companies and digital giants alike. Cathy also led vanguard efforts that spurred innovations in diversity and inclusion, and her signature corporate lattice® framework is internationally recognized as a model for building careers, getting work done and fostering collaboration in the 21st century.
She serves on NIKE’s board of directors as well as the advisory councils of several early stage companies, and is senior advisor to the Federal Institute for Inclusion. She chairs Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Advisory Council and is a member of its regional alumni Board. Previous nonprofit Board positions include HBS’s global HBS Alumni Board, Catalyst and Deloitte Foundation.
Cathy is a U.S. patent-holder and best-selling author. She’s been frequently acknowledged for her professional achievements including Consulting Magazine’s “Frontline Leader,” “25 Most Influential Consultants” and the publication’s inaugural “Leadership Achievement Award” for Women Leaders, and is inducted into the San Francisco Business Times Forever Influential Honor Roll.
Cathy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Ramapo College of New Jersey where she was awarded the President’s Award of Merit, the School’s highest distinction. A Nutley “Jersey Girl” at heart, she’s enrolled in the Township’s Hall of Fame.