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The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America Book Launch

Wed, Mar 16


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The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America Book Launch

Author Deepa Purushothaman along with powerful leaders showcased in her new book will share their roadmap for action to help us make change within and outside our organizations.

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Mar 16, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

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About the Event

Join us for a conversation with Deepa Purushothaman on her new book, The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color can Redefine Power in Corporate America, on Wednesday, March 16 at 12 to 1 p.m. PST. Deepa is the founder of nFormation and one of the youngest women of color to achieve the rank of senior partner at Deloitte. Drawing on her personal experience, extensive research and network, Deepa will share a roadmap for action to help us make changes within and outside our organizations in order to cultivate a culture where women of color leaders can maximize their potential at work.

A conversation that has too often been relegated to side rooms, but deserves a more critical and widespread discussion: how women of color can redefine power in corporate America. With women of color being one of the fastest-growing segments in the corporate workforce, many of them have felt that they need to hide or change who they are to “fit” into the corporate cultures and conditional conditioning of their environments. How can this be changed?

During this Virtual Gathering, Deepa will share her personal experiences in corporate America and her journey researching and writing a book that features stories from other women of color and explores captivating alternatives to the modes of leadership we’ve been taught. She will also offer her take on how fellow leaders in the workplace can support an inclusive and equitable environment for women of color.

Deepa will be interviewed by Kimberley Goode, and will then join leaders Mary Hentges and Ginny Clarke, both featured in the book, on a panel on women of color and redefining power in corporate America.


  • Deepa Purushothaman - Co-founder ,; Author
  • Mary Hentges - Board Member, Upstart, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and ASU Foundation; Advisor at Jiko, Relola, LendStreet
  • Virginia "Ginny" Clarke - CEO, Ginny Clarke, LLC; Entrepreneur in Residence, HearstLab
  • Barbara Adachi - Private & Public Board Director, Executive Coach, Mentor and Strategic Business Advisor


  • Debra Robinson
  • Gwendolyn Whiney
  • Lata Setty
  • Gena Cox
  • Rika Nakazawa
  • Roopal Patel
  • Merary Soto-Saunders
  • Illyasha Peete
  • Reenita Malhotra
  • Joy Mbanugo 
  • Emily Foley





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    +$1.25 service fee


    +$1.25 service fee





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