Deepa Purushothaman

Deepa Purushothaman





Leadership coach


Deepa is a former senior executive, and a corporate inclusion visionary. She challenges and redefines the status quo of leadership, success, and power by centering the needs and experiences of Women of Color.

Deepa was a senior partner at Deloitte, where she spent more than 20 years helping clients grow and focusing on women’s leadership and inclusion strategies. She was the Managing Partner of WIN, Deloitte's pioneering, globally renowned Women's Initiative. She was the first Indian-American woman and one of the youngest people to make partner in the firm's history.

After leaving Deloitte in 2020, Deepa co-founded nFormation, a membership-based community for professional Women of Color, offering brave, safe, new space and helping place and placing them in C-suite positions and on Boards. She is also a Women and Public Policy Program Leader in Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Deepa’s bestselling book, The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America, was published in March 2022 to international acclaim.

Deepa is a TED and SXSW speaker and has been featured across multiple publications such as TIME, PBS, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, and Harvard Business Review.

  • The courage needed for leadership - how to lead with honesty and resilience when your context is challenging.
  • Building teams - what works, getting colleagues to stay on the course with your vision.
  • Developing cultures - The secrets that underpins success
  • Fulfilling your potential - working in the most confident, competent and thriving version of yourself
  • Leadership winter - what effective leaders do when the context is tough

"On behalf of the entire credit Suisse team, I would like to thank you for engaging in such an insightful and impactful conversation for this year's women's financial Forum. I was moved by both your honesty and candor."

Credit Suisse

"It was an impactful fireside chat and so many connected with your message and your book. Your energy, examples, and data points made a real case for our opportunity tp create a #future that makes work, work for everyone. The work is never done so thank you for your generosity and leadership, Deepa. You're an inspiration."


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