EMBA Campus Week | Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. J.A. Albertson Building, Room 102
Sharon Allen graduated from the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She went on to spend her entire career with Deloitte LLP, retiring in 2011 as the first female chairman of the board. She began her career with the company in Boise and became company’s first female office managing partner. Allen continued receiving promotions and went on to become Portland’s office managing partner, then moved to Los Angeles where she was the regional managing partner for Deloitte’s Pacific Northwest Practice. At that time, it was the second largest region in the country. In 1994, Allen became the first female board member in the company’s history and went on to be elected as the executive chairman in 2003.
Allen’s leadership extends beyond Deloitte. She also is the chairman of the National Board of the YMCA, chairman of the Audit Committee for Catalyst, Inc. and vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, which is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories of the people of the American West. She previously served on the President’s Export Council in Washington, D.C., which is a national advisory committee on international trade. She also was on the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which is a body of leaders that advances issues related to women.
Allen’s professional accomplishments have won her many accolades. Four times from 2006-09, Forbes included Allen on its annual list of “The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.” In 2009, she received both a “Making A Difference for Women” award from the National Council for Research and was named as the annual honoree by the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.
Her work is valued at U-Idaho, and she was inducted into the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002, received an honorary doctorate in administrative science in 2004 and was honored with the Legacy of Leading Award in 2010, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions in leadership to their communities or to society in general.
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