Theresa Drew retired in June 2019 as the Managing Partner of the Carolinas Practice of Deloitte, one of the largest accounting firms in the region, with more than 1800 employees. As the only woman to lead a Big Four accounting and consulting firm in Charlotte, Drew was able to prove her leadership skills within a largely male dominated profession.
As a member of the Board of Trustees for UNC Charlotte, Drew also currently serves on several corporate boards including the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company and The Cato Corporation. She is Chair-elect for the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. Drew is also a member of International Women’s Forum, Women Executives, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the North Carolina and Arizona Societies of CPAs.
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 40-year career in the accounting profession, she received numerous regional and national recognitions. Most recently, Theresa was recognized by Queens University as the 2017 Charlotte Business Woman of the Year and by the Charlotte Business Journal as a Most Admired CEO. She was also honored by the North Carolina Association of CPAs with the 2016 Woman to Watch Experienced Leader Award. Further, the Charlotte Business Journal recognized Theresa as a 2015 Women in Business Award recipient. In 2014, Leadership Charlotte presented her 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.
Drew graduated in 1979 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.