Deborah L. DeHaas
Chief Inclusion Officer and National Managing Partner of the Center for Board Effecrtiveness
Deb is Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer and National Managing Partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness for Deloitte. As Chief Inclusion Officer, Deb drives Deloitte’s strategy to recruit, develop, and promote a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment where leaders thrive, a constant passion and focus of Deloitte for more than 20 years. Deb is also responsible for Deloitte’s boardroom programs that support corporate boards and directors in fulfilling their governance-related responsibilities.
Deb serves as the lead client service partner or advisory partner on a number of Deloitte’s most significant clients and is a member of the Deloitte U.S. Executive Committee. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte from 2008-2015 and as the U.S. Firms’ representative on the Deloitte Canada Board of Directors.
Prior to assuming her current role, Deb was the Central Region Managing Partner, leading the quality, client satisfaction, growth, marketplace, and human resource initiatives for 22 offices comprising 9,000 professionals (at the time), making it the largest Big Four organization in the Central region.
Deb was named to Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential” list in 2013 and 2014.
She was included in the 2015 and the 2016 NACD Directorship 100 which recognizes influential leaders in corporate governance.
Deb’s community involvement and philanthropic efforts have led to her recognition by numerous local and national organizations. She was inducted into the 2012 Junior Achievement Chicago Business Hall of Fame and received the 2010 City Year Chicago Ripples of Hope Award, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago 2008 Heritage Award, and the YWCA’s 2006 Outstanding Women’s Leaders Award for Community Leadership. She was the first Chicago recipient of the 2005 Athena Award. She was the recipient of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 2004 Daniel H. Burnham Award, the Anti-Defamation League 2004 Women of Achievement Award, and the 2003 United Way Campaign Chair Award.
Deb was named one of the “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans” in 2012 by Chicago magazine as well as one of the “100 Women of Influence 2013” by Today’s Chicago Woman.
Deb graduated from Duke University with a BS in Management Science and Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of several state and national professional societies, including the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society.