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Joe Echevarria

Retired Chief Executive & Keynote Speaker
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Biography

Joe Echevarria, the recently retired chief executive of the professional services firm Deloitte LLP, is proficient in subjects as diverse as the U.S. economy, the audit and consulting professions and cutting-edge leadership trends in a rapidly changing business landscape.

Echevarria speaks with consummate experience on achieving and maintaining excellence at every turn of the game. His mastery of strategy, growth and leadership continues unabated in his new career as a public servant and keynote speaker.

The South Bronx latchkey kid who grew up in poverty joined Deloitte in 1978 out of college as an entry-level auditor, advancing to audit partner ten years later. He assumed multiple leadership positions until his CEO appointment in 2011. At that time, his responsibilities extended to 70,000 professionals in 90 U.S. cities and India.

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The Management/Worker Dynamic: Strength Is Success

One of the strongest relationships in any company is that of management and workers — it's the foundation that any successful company rests upon if the company in question is built to succeed. Drawing from his leadership experience at Deloitte LLP, where he managed 70,000 professionals in 90 U.S. cities and India, Joe speaks on the crucial role of leadership in motivating workers to excel. Through nurturing talent, inclusion and many other managerial strategies, he reveals how Deloitte, which hires more than 18,000 workers annually, excelled in keeping its workforce happy, healthy and productive under his leadership.

From the South Bronx to CEO: Hispanic Heritage & the American Dream

According to retired Deloitte CEO Joe Echevarria, “When you’re a kid, you don’t realize that you’re poor or that you’re a minority. It didn’t resonate with me until I was older.” There are American success stories about ascending the corporate ladder through perseverance and hard work, and there is Echevarria’s—a story intertwined in his Puerto Rican roots and Hispanic Heritage. In this inspiring presentation, he shares a moving personal narrative that begins in poverty as the child of a single mother, and leads to his stellar rise from entry-level auditor to CEO of Deloitte. Now CEO of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative addressing the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, Echevarria inspires all of us to extend the ladder of opportunity to a new generation and empower the American Dream.

Welcome to the Inner Sanctum: The Power of Today’s C-Suite

Congratulations, you've made it to the upper echelon of a corporation through hard work and effective leadership. What's next, what's in it for you, and what can you expect from the highest level of leadership in the business world today? The C-suite — an organization's most important senior executives — functions differently than other areas of a corporation. Its executives are responsible for high-stakes decision-making, the strongest leadership and a more demanding workload, for which they receive higher compensation. In this program, Joe demystifies the rarified C-Suite of today through an examination of strategy, execution, culture, driving change and working toward the future — many of the high-level skills he brought to Deloitte as its chief executive and C-Suite supreme leader.

How to Lead

What makes a strong leader and how can he or she best oversee a company's workforce to ensure maximum success at both the personal and professional level? Drawing from his experience at Deloitte LLP, where he was appointed chief executive in 2011, Joe examines his own trajectory in the company, beginning as an auditor, and rising through the management ranks until he assumed the top position in 2011, during a time in which the company tripled size. What he picked up as he climbed the Deloitte ladder, what he employed once he reached the top, and how he succeeded in leading during one of the firm's most dynamic periods are but a few of the subjects addressed in this presentation targeted towards managers and those who aspire to the highest echelon of a company's leadership.

The Completely Customizable Keynote

Be your own presentation planner by selecting any of the topics below, in any combination, and Joe will hit the stage, and the speech, running. His extensive, lived experience in each of these related topics is unequivocal, as is his ability to improvise and entertain with an approachable, intelligent style that audiences have come to expect. Without the need for cue cards or a prompter, it is obvious that Echevarria is at home in front of audiences, who will enjoy his expert execution on any selection and combination of subjects - drawing from anecdotes and examples from an inspired career and life.

Subjects include:

  • People, Leadership, Motivation
  • Innovation x Relationships = Growth
  • How to Execute and Effectively Achieve
  • How to Create Company Culture
  • Global/US Economy & Trade
  • Government through the Fiscal Lens
  • Future Technology, Media, Telecommunications
  • Public Service/Private Fulfillment
  • Business Ethics
  • Education
  • The Pros of Pro-Bono
  • Diversity & Minority Leadership
  • How to be a Truly Liked and Lucrative Leader

My Brother’s Keeper: Making the American Dream Available to Boys & Young Men of Color

Imagine a country where all youth are given an equal shot. As the Chair and CEO of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, launched in 2014 to help make the American Dream available to boys and young men of color, Joe has a personal connection to finding success in the land of opportunity. As a Hispanic inner-city kid from the South Bronx growing up in a single-parent home, advancing through hard work to the top position at Deloitte LLP, Joe achieved what so many American males of color have not—because enduring, systemic barriers prevent them from succeeding. In this deeply personal presentation, Joe speaks of his own experiences as a young man of color rising through the ranks of a large corporation, the challenges he faced and the risks he took in order to achieve the success that eludes so many of his male cohorts. He also discusses the importance of My Brother's Keeper's values and initiatives inside the corporate world, where it's important to mobilize businesses in order to diversify their talent pool and improve recruiting and retention strategies.

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