The 2009 AWIB Corporate Leadership Award Winner
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Deloitte Consulting LLP ("Deloitte Consulting") is one of the nation's leading consulting firms for business strategy, operations, technology and human resources planning. The organizational structure of its parent organization, Deloitte LLP ("Deloitte") and its collaborative approach, integrate consulting services with other Deloitte subsidiaries offering tax services, financial advisory services, and risk management capabilities.
A third generation Japanese American, Barbara grew up in south central Los Angeles. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she was hired as a secretary at a life insurance company. It was there she met her first mentor who encouraged and helped her see new possibilities for her career. Through the influence of her mentor, she went into sales and became the first woman sales representative for the group insurance division. After 6 years, she went on start benefit consulting practices at various companies, holding five senior management positions over a 10-year span.
In 1990, she joined Deloitte to start the Bay Area Human Capital consulting practice and specialized in total rewards, health benefits strategy and plan design. The Managing Partner encouraged her to “act like a partner and run the business like your own.” Barbara has had many mentors over the years and she credits them for her success. She states that “I know that I would not be here today without the help of great leaders and mentors who took an interest in me and truly ‘owned’ my success by giving me a chance, perhaps even taking a risk.”
Barbara excelled at Deloitte and moved up the rankings into positions of leadership. She led Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital Practice for the West Region for 8 years and was recently appointed national Chief Talent Officer for Human Capital Consulting. In addition, for the past two years Barbara has been the National Managing Principal for Deloitte LLP’s award-winning Women’s Initiative (WIN). She also serves on the board of Deloitte Consulting LLP and continues to serve clients.
Barbara’s advice to women can be summarized in what she calls the 4 C’s:
1) Clarity – have a clear vision of what you want 2) Courage – have the courage to stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to take risks 3) Communication – find your own voice and learn to speak up 4) Confidence – have confidence in yourself and pay it forward
Barbara has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Women In Business” by San Francisco Business Times and “Women Worth Watching in 2009” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine. She also serves on the boards of Girl Scouts USA, American Heart Association, and Professional Business Women of California Advisory Council.
Barbara and her husband Ted reside in San Mateo and her daughter Allison is a TV Producer.