WAPPP Leader in Practice
Deepa Purushothaman (Per-SHOTH-a-man) is a writer and speaker who recently cofounded NFormation, a company for women of color by women of color which focuses on placing women of color in C suite roles and conducting high level interventions for women of color in fortune 100 companies.
Prior to this Deepa was a senior Partner at Deloitte. When she made Partner, she was—the first Indian-American woman to do so and one of the youngest people to make partner in the firm's history. She spent 20 years at Deloitte working with Telecommunications, Media and Technology clients helping execute global transformations and bet the company projects. Deepa served for four years as a National Managing Principal of Inclusion and the US Managing Partner of WIN, Deloitte's pioneering, globally renowned Women's Initiative. In these roles, she focused on acquiring diverse talent and developing strategies to help people stay, belong, and succeed.
She practices what she preaches—helping found 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 speaks extensively about gender and women's issues and has been featured at national conferences and in publications like Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, and Harvard Business Review. She has also served on the Board of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and as member of the UN WEP’s Leadership Group.
Deepa has degrees from Wellesley College, Harvard Kennedy School, and the London School of Economics. She and her husband Manoj live in Los Angeles with their four dogs. She has a garage full of power tools and when she's not working or writing, you're likely to find her hanging drywall in a house she's renovating.