2012 Honorary Degree
Beth A. Brooke
Beth A. Brooke
Doctor of Management
Beth Brooke is Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, at Ernst & Young, and is a member of the firm's Global Executive Board. She has public policy responsibility for the firm's operations in 140 countries and interacts frequently with regulators, policymakers, and capital market stakeholders.
Brooke regularly speaks at forums around the world on topics ranging from leadership in the 21st century, the role of business in society, issues impacting the accounting profession and global capital markets, women's leadership, and the need for private sector/public sector cooperation to tackle policy challenges.
During the Clinton administration, she worked for two years in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played roles in the health-care reform and Superfund reform efforts.
As an advocate for the advancement of women, Brooke served on the U.S. Delegation to the 53rd and 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Brooke chairs the board of The White House Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to training and advancing women in public leadership. Under her leadership, Ernst & Young joins annually with Forbes to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of women at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Most recently, Brooke was asked to serve on the International Council on Women's Business Leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Brooke is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute and the Committee of 200. She serves on the boards of Vital Voices Global Partnership, The Committee for Economic Development, The Atlantic Council of the United States, the Partnership for Public Service, TechnoServe, the National Women's Law Center, and The White House Project. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, the Women's Leadership Board of the Kennedy School at Harvard, and the Women's Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. Brooke serves on the Board of Trustees for the Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as the public policy advisory councils for Georgetown University and Indiana University.
Brooke earned a bachelor's degree, with highest distinction, in industrial management/computer science from Purdue University, where she played intercollegiate women's basketball. She is a certified public accountant and a fellow in the Life Management Institute, a professional designation in the insurance industry.
Brooke has been named four times to the list of Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. She is consistently recognized in the Directorship 100 and Accounting Today's 100 Most Influential.