The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury have named the newly-named and first-ever WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert as the team’s 2019 Woman of Inspiration brought to you by Arizona Lottery. Prior to moving into her role in July, Engelbert was the first woman to lead one of the country’s “Big Four” professional service firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG) when she served as the CEO of Deloitte. She will be honored during the Mercury’s matchup with the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, September 3 at Talking Stick Resort Arena at 7 p.m.
“It’s easy to say, ‘let’s honor the new boss,’ but Cathy Engelbert has been a pioneer and a leader her entire professional career,” said Mercury COO Vince Kozar. “A former athlete herself, she broke a glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry, she serves on boards dedicated to the advancement of women, and at the peak of her profession decided instead to join the WNBA in the hopes of helping to grow the league we all love so much. She has all the criteria of a great Woman of Inspiration honoree, and we are thrilled she will be here.”
As a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, Engelbert is the first woman to serve as chair of the Catalyst Board, a global non-profit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women, and also was the first woman chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board. Engelbert has been listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for the last four years. She is ranked on Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the 100 Highest-Rated CEOs, and among Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. Engelbert has also been recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Moms, and one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Productive People.
Leading Deloitte’s more than 100,000 professionals at one of the world’s largest accounting organizations, Engelbert championed a large transformation across the business by moving the firm towards emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, robotics and cloud, including securing ecosystem partnerships with large technology companies, and executing digital acquisitions. During her tenure, revenues grew over 30%, and Engelbert drove a people-first agenda, including implementing a holistic well-being culture through programs like Deloitte’s 16-week family leave policy.
As part of the WNBA’s Inspiring Women platform, the Mercury annually honors one deserving candidate at a game. Engelbert will receive the award in a special ceremony at halftime of the September 3 game.
Engelbert joins an elite group of incredible women who have been honored by the Mercury, including Robin Roberts (2007), Ali Vincent (2008), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (2009), Billie Jean King (2010), Picabo Street (2011), Hope Solo (2012), Lisa Fernandez (2013), Jordan Wieber (2014), Mo’ne Davis (2015), Holly Rowe (2016), Gabby Giffords (2017), and Tammie Jo Shults (2018).
After coming within one win of a trip to the 2018 WNBA Finals, the Phoenix Mercury continue their quest in 2019 in search of a league-record-tying fourth WNBA title with the All-Star trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner. Tickets for upcoming Phoenix Mercury games can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.