Theresa Drew is the managing partner for the Carolinas practice of Deloitte, one of the largest accounting firms in the region, with more than 900 employees. As the only woman to lead a Big Four accounting firm in Charlotte, Drew has proven her leadership skills within a largely male dominated profession. She was promoted to partner in 1991, and serves clients in the consumer business, manufacturing and distribution industries.
Drew serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the Charlotte Chamber. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Charlotte Country Day School. Drew served as the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2012-2013 Charlotte campaign. She is also a member of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, International Women’s Forum, Women Executives, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Before her move to Charlotte, Drew served for ten years as managing partner of Deloitte’s San Diego practice, where she was a recognized leader in the business community. She served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA, Young Presidents’ Organization, BIOCOM, and as Chair of the San Diego Symphony. She also served as the 2005 Campaign Chair for United Way of San Diego County. Additionally, she was a board member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Directors Forum.
During Drew’s 37-year career in the accounting profession, she has received various regional and national recognitions. The Charlotte Business Journal recognized Theresa as a 2015 Women in Business Award recipient. In 2014, Leadership Charlotte presented Drew with the Newcomer of the Year Award and the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi recognized her with their Career Achievement Award. San Diego magazine named her the “2010 Woman of the Year” for her work to create positive change in the local community. She was also recognized by accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi as their “2005 Professional of the Year,” and by Athena San Diego with the “2005 Pinnacle Award,” in recognition of her efforts to hire, mentor and promote women within a professional services organization. Drew was also recognized as one of the “Ten Coolest Women” from Girl Scouts San Diego, for serving as a role model for girls. In 2004, the San Diego Business Journal honored her with its prestigious “Women Who Mean Business” award.
In 1995, Drew received the “Outstanding Woman CPA of the Year” award from the American Woman’s Society of CPAs, a national recognition for her contributions to the accounting profession and the advancement of women in the profession. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the North Carolina, California and Arizona Societies of CPAs.
Drew joined Deloitte’s Phoenix practice in 1979, after graduating with highest honors from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Accountancy.
Drew, her husband Douglas, who works as a television news consultant, and their son Alexander enjoy being part of the Charlotte community.