Deepa Purushothaman on the Cost of Power and Success in Corporate America


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What is the true cost of women’s success in corporate America? How are women navigating the climb to reach the coveted seat of leadership?

Deepa Purushothaman, a “first” senior partner at Deloitte, the first Indian-American woman, and one of the youngest people to make Partner in the firm's history, knows first-hand what price ethnically and racially diverse women pay to become leaders in their organizations.

In this episode, Deepa shares her deeply personal journey as one of “the first, the few, the only.” Listen to Cindy and Deepa talk about:

  • why success can no longer be divorced from health
  • why assimilating to a certain leadership style erodes authenticity
  • how women of color can redefine power

Deepa’s new book is “The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America.”

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