Deepa Purushothaman

Deepa Purushothaman

U.S. Board Member, Avasara Leadership Institute
WAPPP Leader in Practice
Deepa Purushothaman

Deepa is a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity leader and she speaks extensively about race and gender issues.  Deepa recently left her corporate role and is in the process of launching a new endeavor that will be announced this fall. Her new start up will create safe spaces for corporate women of color and help place women of color in senior positions and on Boards.

As a WAPPP Fellow, Deepa will concentrate on research and strategies to combat systemic racism in corporate structures to help women of color rise. Deepa was a senior Partner at Deloitte where she spent over 20 years working with clients on large bet-the-company projects in the Telecommunications and Technology sectors. She also spent a number of years growing Deloitte's Social Impact Practice and she served for three years as a National Managing Principal of Inclusion and the Managing Partner of WIN, Deloitte's pioneering, globally renowned Women's Initiative. In these roles, she focused on acquiring diverse talent and developing strategies for the over 100,000 people in the US firm.

She is a founding board member of Avasara, India's first leadership academy exclusively for young women. The school has received support and attention from CEOs, politicians, and game-changers in the United States and India.  Deepa has been featured at national conferences and in publications like Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, and Harvard Business Review. She has degrees from Wellesley College, The Kennedy School, and the London School of Economics.