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Distinguished Speaker Series

Sharon AllenSharon Allen
Chairman of the Board
Deloitte & Touche USA LLP

Making Today's Business Environment
Work for You

February 19, 2008


About the Topic

Throughout the 20th century, the talent management model for businesses evolved to become known as the "career ladder," in which employees would continually proceed upward until they reached their maximum potential. Such a paradigm became entrenched as the post-World War II population surge of Baby Boomers ensured a ready supply of entry-level applicants eager to achieve upward career mobility.

Today's workplace, however, faces a dilemma. The populations of Generations X and Y will be insufficient in numbers to fill the positions that will be left behind when today's Baby Boomers retire and leave the workplace. Such a reality calls for a new talent management model. Sharon Allen will discuss an exciting new innovation in career planning from Deloitte that will hold profound implications for every generation active in today's workforce — and tomorrow's.

About Sharon Allen

Sharon L. Allen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (D&T USA). In this capacity, she is responsible for the governance of an organization with more than $10 billion in annual revenues and oversees the firm’s relationships with a number of major multinational clients.

With more than 30 years of audit and consulting experience, Allen was elected as chairman of the board in 2003. Her re-election in 2007 was the latest achievement in a career of distinguished business leadership. She currently serves on the President’s Export Council and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Her responsibilities and influence extend beyond her U.S. leadership roles. She is a member of the Global Board of Directors of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, where she serves as the U.S. representative on the Global Governance Committee and chairs the Global Risk Management Committee.

A frequent speaker on governance, diversity, ethics, and workplace issues, Allen has addressed such prestigious forums as Fortune Boardroom Reports, Forbes Executive Women’s Forum, The City Club of Cleveland, the Dallas Friday Group, and the UN Economic Development Fund. She also has addressed major business schools including those at Cornell, Notre Dame, Duke, the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, and MIT.

Allen has been honored for her contributions to business and community leadership. She has been twice-named to the Forbes list ofthe 100 most powerful women in the worl.” In 2007, Directorship named her “one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance” and Crain’s NY Business cited her as one of the most powerful business women in New York. In 2006, she was named Private Sector Woman of the Year by the Financial Women’s Association. She is a past designee as one of the “50 Women to Watch” by The Wall Street Journal and a “Woman of the Year” of the New York City Police Athletic League. She’s also earned the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Leader Award, and serves as a board member of the national board of the YMCA, The Autry National Center, and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Allen holds an honorary doctorate in Administrative Science from her alma mater, the University of Idaho.

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