Diversity Leadership: Joe Echevarria, Deloitte
Joe Echevarria is widely recognized as an advocate for workplace equality, particularly for women. In 2012, he participated in the White House Forum on Women and Economy. “We’re giving women a hand, not a hand-out,” he wrote in an editorial in Fast Company. “And by doing so, we’re also strengthening families, communities, and the world we’re going to leave for our children.”
Deloitte is a leader in talent development and “was one of the first to recognize that its clients expected diverse teams that reflect their corporate values,” says DiversityInc. As a result of its inclusion practices, the firm has been recognized among DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for Latinos, Asian-Americans, Executive Women, LGBT Employees and Global Diversity. “The more inclusive we are, the better,” Echevarria said in the company’s Diversity and Inclusion report. “Cast the widest net and we will find the people best qualified to serve our clients with distinction and strengthen our own future.”
Prior to his role as CEO, Echevarria was U.S. Managing Partner – Operations, Regional Managing Partner of the Southeast Audit Practice, Audit Partner in charge of Florida and Audit Partner in Charge of South Florida. He joined Deloitte in 1978 and became a partner in 1988. Echevarria is a member and has served on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, which named him Executive of the Year in 2007.
Echevarria received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami in 1978 and currently serves on the School of Business Administration’s Board of Overseers. He is also a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and of the board of directors of Catalyst. He and his wife have three children.