Deloitte is the Best for Multicultural Women

Date: 02-06-2008
Source: PR Newswire

Deloitte, the accountacy and consultancy major has been named one of the best companies in the U.S. for multicultural women by Working Mother magazine for the third consecutive year. In the June issue, the publication presents its sixth annual diversity study, an in-depth look at the 20 companies that are leading the way toward gender and race equality in the workplace.

"We live in one of the most culturally rich countries in the world, and Deloitte recognizes that this richness is a workplace asset," said Cathy Benko, chief talent officer, Deloitte. "Utilizing the wealth of talents and viewpoints that people of varied backgrounds bring to the table enables us to sustain continued growth in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace."

Phebe Neely, senior manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, is featured on the cover of Working Mother's June issue, which profiles companies that are leading the pack in supporting the advancement of multicultural women. Neely joined Deloitte in 1999. She lives in New Jersey with her daughter.

"We salute the 2008 Best Companies for Multicultural Women for leading by example and providing corporate America with a new benchmark for diversity and inclusion," said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. "Just as our nation has made history with this year's presidential primaries, we challenge corporate America to pay attention to issues of race and gender, and to benchmark their own work against our winners."

Among the initiatives Working Mother cites is Deloitte's Breakthrough Leadership Program, a minority development program for high-potential managers and senior managers that provides participants with coaching, 360-feedback and interaction with senior leadership. Another example is the Ellen Gabriel Fellows program, which develops senior managers who are on the track for partnership.

Although the 2008 Best Companies are making great strides, hurdles remain, as 68 percent of multicultural women believe that gender and racial pay-equity issues exist at work, according to the study. The 50-page study includes interviews and profiles of this year's winning companies and can be accessed on the website of Working Mother.

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