The Corbett File Featured

7:00pm EDT January 26, 2010

Born: Detroit

Has held her current position since June 2007. She has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than 25 years.

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

A sales associate in the men’s department at Saks Fifth Avenue. I learned that men’s clothing is more complicated than I thought. My interaction with them in purchasing clothing for an important interview, an evening with their wife or a blind date gave me a sense of comfort in working with men.

Whom do you admire most and why?

My mother. She is an extraordinary woman having raised nine children, completed her (master’s degree) in counseling and worked as a social worker with abused women and children. She started writing poetry to deal with the grief she had with my father’s sudden death. She published a book about a year ago with some friends containing poems and short inspiring stories called ‘Free Falling.’ She has a sense of accomplishment that she has defined for herself, and that makes me very proud to be her daughter.

What’s your definition of success?

Feeling really good every day about what you are doing

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The interaction that I have with the people at PwC. They are some of the most intelligent people I have come across, and it feels great to be working with the best teams around — especially when working with our clients to understand and help solve their business problems.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

The importance of linking strategies to actions and actions to results, closely monitoring progress and making necessary changes along the way to stay on track.

Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?

I take a walk (usually a lap around our building) to clear my head and go over various scenarios of how I would change the rest of the afternoon.

If you weren’t in your current position, what might you be doing instead?

I am currently a member of several nonprofit boards. Acting as a board member for a for-profit organization would be a great next step.

Community involvement and memberships:

  • Member of the boards of directors of The United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Town Hall and St. Anne’s Maternity.
  • Chair of the 2008 and 2009 Los Angeles United Way fund-raising campaign
  • Member of the AICPA and the California and Michigan CPA Societies

Corbett is the first woman in the history of PricewaterhouseCoopers to lead a major market on the West Coast.