Deepa Purushothaman

Deepa Purushothaman



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.


  • Allyship: Moving Beyond the Inclusion Delusion
  • Leadership: Women of Color Redefining Power in Corporate America.
  • Diversity: Moving from The First, The Few, The Only to the Many.  Embracing Women of Color Leaders.

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