How I Got Hired

109. Deepa Purushothaman: From Politics to Partner at Deloitte to Author & Entrepreneur

February 19, 2023
How I Got Hired
109. Deepa Purushothaman: From Politics to Partner at Deloitte to Author & Entrepreneur
Show Notes

My guest today is Deepa Purushothaman who worked at Deloitte for over 20 years and was the first Indian American woman and one of the youngest to make partner. While that is impressive in and of itself, that is not the only reason Deepa is on the show. Deepa wrote this on LinkedIn a couple of years ago: I left my 22 year old job and felt like I was jumping off the cliff of uncertainty during COVID, to write and launch a business. It felt scary, uncertain, and even a little frivolous at the time. Less than a year later, Deepa released her best-selling book ‘The First, The Few, The Only, How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America’, and this is a conversation that we can ALL weigh in on, not just women or a certain race, we have a lot to learn from Deepa’s experience and work.

We cover a lot in this conversation:
-Deepa's journey to making partner,
-How there are so many Indian origin CEO's in the US but not near as many Indian women
-What 'work on your executive presence' meant as feedback for her
... and much more.

Learn about Deepa and her work here:
The TED talk

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