Lee Henderson
I’ve seen firsthand that to entrepreneurs a ‘no’ just means ‘not yet,’ and when people think their ideas are crazy, they become even more driven to succeed.

Lee Henderson

EY Americas Growth Markets Leader

Fervent supporter of young entrepreneurs and their businesses. Connector of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Self-proclaimed sports fanatic.

Lee has nearly 24 years of experience working with both entrepreneurial private companies and large, multinational public companies.

As EY Americas Growth Markets Leader, Lee works with teams across the EY Americas Area — North, Central and South America and Israel — to support high-growth entrepreneurs and middle-market companies. These teams serve family enterprises, VC- and PE-backed companies, privately held businesses, and pre-IPO and public companies. Lee is also the lead partner on a number of key EY accounts.

Lee previously served as EY US Central Region Growth Markets Leader and Entrepreneur Of The Year® Midwest Program Director. He’s spent time in London as the EMEA coordinating partner for a Fortune 500 technology company and served as the COO of the EY Assurance practices in the UK and Ireland.

An active member in Chicago’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, Lee sits on several boards and committees including the Big Shoulders Fund; 1871, Chicago’s center for technology and entrepreneurship; and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Lee holds a BS in Accounting from California State University, Hayward.

How Lee is building a better working world

“I have committed, both personally and professionally, to support entrepreneurs as they grow. These brave men and women are the foundation of a prosperous economy. Their ambition is what keeps our world moving forward and keeps me energized.

“Through our Growth Markets programs and teams, we celebrate these unstoppable entrepreneurs. By promising to help these bold leaders accomplish their goals and realize their extraordinary potential, we help create a better working world.”