The First, the Few, the Only
How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America
The first Indian-American woman to make partner at Deloitte, Deepa Purushothaman knows that women of color are often underrepresented at work and they may be one of the first, few, or only women of color at their company. But Deepa also knows that women of color are an incredibly powerful force for creativity and new ideas. Deepa uses her hands-on experience as a senior executive, specializing in diversity and equity, to teach us how to be inclusive leaders and to show women of color that their diversity is an amazing source of strength.
“Deepa is a courageous and honest resource, empowering women of color to boldly venture into their full power.”— Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code
In the working world, women of color often receive the message that to be successful, they have to change who they are—leaving them feeling exhausted, frustrated, burned out, and isolated from their peers. Spending more than twenty years as a senior partner at Deloitte, Deepa Purushothaman experienced her own moments where she felt pressured to change who she was. She soon realized that her difference was a source of strength and power, and he was inspired to better understand the unique dynamics and challenges that women of color face in the workplace.
Deepa’s debut book—The First, the Few, the Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America—is a deeply personal call-to-action for women of color to find the power within themselves, to join together in community with each other, and advocate for a new kind of corporate world. Deepa’s mission is to help women of color navigate the complex structures of corporate life—she wants women to both take a seat at the table and to change the way the table is formed. Deepa recently brought her mission to life as the the cofounder of nFormation: a first-of-its-kind community platform for women of color, by women of color. You can read more of Deepa’s groundbreaking insights in Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The Huffington Post.