Team of the Week

Team Deloitte

Deloitte partners running next to newly-hired undergrads for the cause.

Team Deloitte was founded in 2003. Five years ago, the relationship between the company – through its Women’s Initiative – and Komen Greater NYC has intensified. Through this partnership, hundreds of Deloitte practitioners have participated in the Race and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the fight against breast cancer. In addition, Deloitte has hosted in-house events to promote the Race with Komen Greater NYC guests, including former CEO, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron.

In 2011, Team Deloitte had 100 members and raised $11,586. This year, the team had 72 members and has raised $5,725 to date. The team co-captains are Andrea Shiah, Kate Wilber and Julia Livingston.

Team Deloitte

The team is made up of five smaller sub-teams that represent all the areas within Deloitte. “We invite all of our colleagues, as well as family and friends to join us on Race Day,” said Andrea Shiah, co-captain. “We have Deloitte partners racing next to newly-hired undergrads. It’s great to see everyone come together!”

Most team members participate in the Race because of a personal connection to someone who has been affected by breast cancer. “Every Race Day, I make sure I take a giant stack of the pink In Memory of and In Celebration of signs and bring tons of markers,” Shiah explained. “They always get used. It’s inspirational to see everyone with different names on their backs.”

The co-captains spread the word about Team Deloitte through email blasts, however Shiah thinks that word of mouth is the team’s most successful technique. “We all encourage people in our personal networks to sign up,” she said. As part of the team’s fundraising push, it hosts “Jeans Days” in various company offices to raise awareness and encourage people to join Team Deloitte. All donations raised at the events go towards the teams’ fundraising goal.

Shiah’s favorite Race memory was spending a Race Day with her mother, who is a 17-year survivor. “I’ve participated in 10 Races in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City,” she said. “It’s always a blast. I try to find as much pink to wear as possible.”

Co-captain Julia Livingston’s favorite part of Race Day is the few minutes before the Race begins. “Cancer affects so many people,” she explained. “It’s truly amazing to see such an incredible amount of love and support for all those affected centered in one place.”