Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak

Beth Brooke Marciniak | 2015 AACSB Influential Leader

Beth A.  Brooke-Marciniak

Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY

Honoree Year: 2015

Alma Mater:

Purdue University

Krannert School of Management

United States

Area of Impact:

Financial Services

Beth Brooke-Marciniak is one of the top executives at EY, with global public policy responsibilities for the 150 countries where the company operates. In the middle of her highly successful tenure, she answered a call to serve the Clinton administration in the U.S. Department of Treasury, where she worked on health care reform and the superfund effort to clean up toxic waste.

Brooke-Marciniak has long been an outspoken voice of inclusiveness. She is an ardent advocate for responsible and transparent capital markets and the role of women in economic growth and development. She is co-chair of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. She has served on the boards of the National Women’s Law Center and The White House Project, and she has traveled to Africa and elsewhere as a board member of TechnoServe, aiming to lift local residents from poverty.

Brooke-Marciniak has had a tremendous global business impact, both through her firm, EY, and her participation on outside activities and organizations. Her impact on the company's bottom line has been evident; in 2013, EY reported its largest growth since 2008, a 7.7 percent jump to 25.8 billion USD in revenues.

Far beyond that, Brooke-Marciniak has been a tireless advocate for the advancement of women in business. She served on the U.S. delegation to the 53rd and 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She has chaired the board of The White House Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to training and advancing women in public leadership. In 2011, she championed the first gender quota implementation on top company delegations at the Davos World Economic Forum.

Brooke-Marciniak overcame a degenerative hip condition in high school that caused one doctor to tell her she would never walk again, and she went on to earn a basketball scholarship to Purdue. Her early difficulties helped develop her empathy for others, a trait she still carries today. She is an advocate for helping people through entrepreneurship; in 2009, she was named Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide, largely for her efforts in Africa and Central America focusing on helping people out of rural poverty through entrepreneurship.

She also is a champion for social change through inclusion. She has been honored by several publications and organizations as one of the top LGBT leaders in the world, and she has shared her story to inspire others to pursue their dreams. She was ranked No. 3 overall and the top woman in the OUTstanding Professional Network's list of top 100 LGBT leaders. As a seven-time member of the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women," she is fully aware of her abilities and responsibilities as a role model for future business leaders. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, and a member of the Committee of 200, which fosters, celebrates, and advances women's leadership in business.