Cathy Engelbert (PRNewsFoto/Deloitte)
February 9, 2015 5:46 PM EST

On Monday, Cathy Engelbert made history. As the next CEO of professional services firm Deloitte, Engelbert will become the first female U.S. CEO of a “Big Four” firm. Formerly chairman and CEO of the audit subsidiary of Deloitte, Engelbert joined the company in 1986.

Fortune caught up with her to hear about her plans for the future and her thoughts on leadership.

Edited excerpts:

What’s it like to be the first to achieve something?

It is a proud moment and a milestone. To the extent that I can be a role model for diverse leaders at Deloitte, I love it. This is a tangible demonstration of our commitment at Deloitte to the advancement of women. I have gotten so many emails today from our women — and men — who really believe that we have an inclusive culture as proven through my election.

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