Leader in Practice 2021-2022

Billie Jean King-backed study finds women of color feel undervalued at work

Billie Jean King-backed study finds women of color feel undervalued at work

November 16, 2021

In new research released by King’s leadership initiative and nFormation, Asian, Latinx, Black, Native, and mixed-race women say they must prove themselves repeatedly. Fast Company spoke with Billie Jean King, Rha Goddess, and nFormation cofounder and WAPPP Leader in Practice Deepa Purushothaman about the report and why they are so hopeful that change is coming. 

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It’s a great time to invest in Black- and POC-led media

It’s a great time to invest in Black- and POC-led media

October 22, 2021

Following the news of Ozy Media's future, Farai Chideya, WAPPP Leader in Practice, hopes there's one lesson we don’t take away from this: that Black- and POC-led businesses are unworthy of investment. "Maybe Ozy-gate is a blessing. It gives us a chance to take a new look at how and why to invest in diverse media. We are in an era of media innovation focused on serving BIPOC communities."

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Farai Chideya

Host, Creator, and CEO, Our Body Politic
WAPPP Leader in Practice
Farai Chideya is an American novelist, multimedia journalist, and radio host. She produced and hosted Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya, a series of...
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Deepa Purushothaman

Deepa Purushothaman

U.S. Board Member, Avasara Leadership Institute
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...

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Rati Thanawala

Rati Thanawala

Founder, Leadership Academy for Women of Color in Tech
WAPPP Leader in Practice

Rati Thanawala spent 39 years in the high-tech industry, the last 17 as Vice President at Bell Labs. Rati came to the US from India on a Rotary Graduate...

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Nancy Birdsall

Nancy Birdsall

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School
WAPPP Leader in Practice

Nancy Birdsall has been researching and writing on economic development issues for more than 25 years. Her most recent work focuses on the relationship between income distribution and economic growth and the role of regional public goods in development. As a WAPPP Fellow, Nancy will write a book in which her personal story provides an anchor for discussion of key issues in global development.

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