In 2015, Cathy Engelbert became the first female CEO of Deloitte — and, more significantly, of any of the Big Four accounting firms. The mother of two still managed to coach her daughter’s basketball team and attend most of her lacrosse games — which inspired a new, practical take on work-life balance for those around her.
“I would tell my clients what I was doing, and [they] would come to me and say, ‘Thank you for sharing ... I wanted to coach my son’s little league or go to my daughter’s dance recital, and I didn’t think I could, but you do it, so I can do it, too,” she told Forbes.
On defining success on your own terms: “This isn’t about 'having it all,' as that is defined by someone else. You have to think about, 'Can I do it all as defined by me?'”