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Zicklin Alum Lara Abrash Honored as 2020 AACSB Influential Leader

January 30, 2020

Fifth annual initiative recognizes 25 business school graduates creating lasting impact in the world.

New York, NY (January 30, 2020)—The Zicklin School of Business announces that alum Lara Abrash is one of 25 business school graduates honored by AACSB International (AACSB)—the world’s largest business education alliance—as the 2020 Class of Influential Leaders. The annual challenge recognizes notable alumni from AACSB-accredited schools whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders.

Abrash (MBA ’94) currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Deloitte & Touche LLP. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization, including execution of the quality, innovation, growth, and talent strategies. She has been instrumental in pioneering Deloitte’s leading position to transform the audit profession through technology and innovation. She is known for developing, motivating, and leading teams of diverse perspectives by reducing conflict in a productive manner to amplify collaboration and drive outcomes. Abrash’s leadership extends to her community, where she is also involved with the New Jersey Battered Women’s Service and the Girls Who Code organization.  

“It is our privilege to amplify the stories of business school graduates like Lara Abrash, who are serving as a force for good in the world,” said Tom Robinson, AACSB president and CEO. “The Zicklin School prepares its graduates to lead with enthusiasm and dedication and Lara’s inspirational achievements are to be celebrated.”

Now in its fifth year, the Influential Leaders challenge has recognized more than 200 business school graduates for creating lasting impact in business and society. All honorees have earned an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree from one of the more than 850 AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide. For more information on the Influential Leaders challenge, and to view a full list of honorees, visit


About AACSB International

Established in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation, and amplifies impact in business education. Learn how AACSB is transforming business education for a better society at



Linda Hughes-Kirchubel

Director, Advocacy and Awareness

AACSB International


About the Zicklin School of Business

Located in the heart of New York City, the Zicklin School of Business offers an unmatched combination of quality, affordability, and convenience with a stellar reputation in business education. As an AACSB-accredited institution, Zicklin is part of Baruch College, a senior college in The City University of New York that consistently ranks among the region’s and nation’s top performers in academic excellence, diversity, and value.