Janet Foutty is the chairman and chief executive officer of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Over her 25 year career, Janet has worked closely with her clients to deliver insights and innovative solutions to address their toughest issues.
Based in Chicago, Janet previously led Deloitte’s federal practice that is dedicated to improving the efficacy and efficiency of U.S. government agencies. Preceding that role, she led Deloitte Consulting’s technology practice, which notably launched several businesses including Deloitte Digital.
Janet is a frequent author and popular public speaker and she regularly communicates with executive-level audiences about the changing business landscape, C-suite confidence, the multigenerational workforce, and leadership strategy. She is a passionate advocate for women in technology and government; veterans’ issues; and the need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Janet is an outspoken advocate for inclusion in the workplace and founded Women in Technology groups in India and the United States.
Janet holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She currently serves on the board of Bright Pink, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s health, and on the Dean’s Council of the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.
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With groups creating programs to encourage females to consider STEM, what is the biggest barrier to entry that is still prevalent today?
I agree that more groups are encouraging girls and young women to consider STEM - from the Girl Scouts adding STEM badges, to companies hiring STEM graduates. But we can do more! I believe the biggest barriers for girls and young women today are in the classroom. We need to keep working with, and encouraging young women – inspiring them to be creative, imaginative, and seek the answers that STEM classes provide. We need all you young women to know that not only CAN you learn this – you are going to have a LOT OF FUN in the courses and careers in STEM!
What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by any individual who stays true to themselves and achieves something wonderful. Growing up, we had a very close friend of my family who was one of the first women to play for the women’s baseball league back in the 1940’s. She faced an amazing amount of obstacles in her day – but she persevered and broke barriers – she was an inspiration and a true pioneer!
I am also inspired everyday by the people around me. The women (and men!) who reach for their goals and help others reach for theirs – those are inspiring people. Well, and you. I bet you’re inspiring. Maybe I’ll be inspired by you.
What is your proudest moment/accomplishment?
First and foremost, I am very proud of my family, I have two kind and caring children and a wonderful and supportive husband. In my career, I am very proud of the people I have met and encouraged along the way. It is so important and rewarding to be able to guide, influence, and learn from the next generation. I am lucky to see people that I have worked with over the years move ahead and achieve great things and I share in
their pride of accomplishment.