Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert Visits VSB, Shares Career Advice with Students

VILLANOVA, Pa., November 28, 2016Last week, VSB was honored to host Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert for a special visit as part of the company’s continued commitment to inspiring students. VSB has a long-standing relationship with Deloitte; in fact, Deloitte is among the top three employers of Villanova students—currently employing more than 300 alumni—and is the top partner in VSB’s alumni mentoring program.

“Villanova is fortunate to have such an engaged corporate recruiting program with Deloitte,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB. “People like Cathy Engelbert, who give their time and talents to help our students become business leaders for a better world, are part of the reason why we have a nearly 99 percent placement rate after graduation.”

Engelbert spent her day visiting classrooms; meeting students, faculty and staff at a networking reception; and co-hosting a fireside chat with Dean Russell for more than 220 students. Both Engelbert and Russell are unparalleled women in their fields as Engelbert is the first female CEO of a Big 4 company and Russell is the first female dean of VSB.

During their chat, Engelbert encouraged students from a variety of business majors to go for their goals. “No one is thinking about your career as much as you are,” she said. “Raise your hand and ask for opportunities.” Engelbert also offered advice through the acronym “NOVA” as a way to inspire their success:

N: Never stop learning
O: Opportunities; always them seek out
V: Vision; set future goals
A: Always have passion at the heart of what you do

As CEO of Deloitte’s US operations, Engelbert leads 78,000 employees in 100 cities around the world. She has spent 30 years with Deloitte and held a number of leadership positions while serving several of the firm’s largest and most complex clients. She was named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list in 2015 and 2016, and was recognized on Glassdoor’s list of highest-rated CEOs.

This event was just one of Deloitte’s many campus initiatives, including: WINning with Deloitte, a women’s initiative for freshman and sophomore students; a pioneer internship program for freshman; a leadership webinar series; and a takeover week.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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