Tonie Leatherberry, who is a principal at Deloitte & Touche L.L.P., and president of the Deloitte Foundation, has been named the new chair of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
“After serving on The ELC board for several years and developing programs such as The ELC CEO Academy, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue my service and work with ELC members to expand The ELC’s reach and influence,” stated Leatherberry in a press release. “Given my passion for leadership development and understanding the critical need to help prepare the next generation of black and women of color C-suite executives, I am proud of the work we’ve done together. I look forward to playing a larger role in helping advance the impact of The ELC and its programs on industry, the marketplace, our communities, and beyond.”
The ELC is an organization dedicated to creating a pipeline of black corporate executives and leaders. Its members include some of the most preeminent black CEOS, senior executives, and board members of Fortune 1000 and other prestigious companies.
Leatherberry has been with Deloitte for over 25 years. As a principal in Deloitte’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice, she is responsible for supporting key accounts across Strategy, Enterprise Risk, Human Capital and Technology services. She has also served on Deloitte Consulting’s Board of Directors and as Deloitte Consulting’s Chief Inclusion Officer and serves on several advisory boards, including Widener University Board of Trustees, Boston University College of Engineering Advisory Committee, and Boston University Board of Overseers.
“Through her experience working across Deloitte and with multiple client organizations, Tonie understands what it takes to be an effective leader,” remarked Mike Fucci, Chairman of the Board of Deloitte and Chairman of the Deloitte Foundation. “I have no doubt that she will bring these qualities to her role as ELC chair and will continue to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders. Tonie’s passion for education at the intersection of diversity and helping others succeed to their full capacity has been a driving force of the Deloitte Foundation’s efforts for the past three years. I am so proud of Tonie and I am confident she will excel in this new role.”
She is also slated to speak at this year’s Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, hosting the session, “Are You Board Ready?” where she will provide insight into how black women can find places on corporate boards.
Receiving numerous accolades, most notably as one of the top 25 consultants by Consulting Magazine, she was named by Black Enterprise as one of the Most Powerful Women in Business. Leatherberry has also been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s “Top 50 Women in Business,” The Network Journal’s annual list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business,” as one of Savoy magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and one of the “Top 100 under 50 Leader” by Diversity MBA Magazine.
“Tonie has been an enthusiastic and engaged member of The ELC since 2009 and has served on The ELC board of directors for several years,” said Skip Spriggs, president and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council in a statement. “Her fellow board directors recognized and rewarded Tonie for her leadership with this appointment. In addition to continuing her support for The ELC’s CEO Academy and our work with the Alliance for Board Diversity, Tonie will lead efforts to increase the visibility and impact of the organization, and its value to our members.”