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The Uplifting Impact Podcast is a platform that fosters dynamic conversations around the intersection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Leadership. Directing our conversations are Uplifting Impact’s Chief Change Agent, Deanna Singh, and Chief Information Officer, Justin Ponder. Both are renowned thought leaders, teachers and consultants within the DEI space and are known for the ability to teach difficult lessons in gentle ways that inspire change and innovation within organizations.

Our mission is to provide actionable insights and wisdom from various leaders, executives, consultants as well as entrepreneurs. We’ve had industry leaders from companies such as Hewlett Packard (HP), Ford, Kohl’s and more come on board to share their expertise within the DEI space.

If we inspire one listener and leave them with ideas of how they can improve their DEI leadership and life skills, we consider that the ultimate accomplishment.


Navigating Corp. America: Women of Color in the Workplace

Posted by Michelle Abendroth | Apr 7, 2022 10:18:47 AM

Deepa Purushothaman was a first senior partner at Deloitte, where she spent more than 20 years focusing on women’s leadership and inclusion strategies to help women of color navigate corporate structures. She was the first Indian-American woman and one of the youngest people to make Partner in the firm's history. After leaving Deloitte in 2020, Deepa co-founded nFormation, a membership-based community for professional women of color, offering brave, safe, new space and helping place women of color in C-suite positions and on Boards.

In this episode, Deepa and Deanna really dive into a conversation about the experiences and struggles facing women of color in the workplace. Deepa really invites the listener to examine the structures and systems that have been created within corporate America, who created those structures, and the ways in which they do not serve women of color on a systemic and individual level. They also talked about Deepa’s book, The First, The Few, The Only; How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America, a call to action for women of color to find power and community, in order to advocate for a new corporate environment. To learn more and connect with Deepa, find her on her website: https://www.deepapuru.com/

Topics In This Episode

  • The things we believe about corporate America, versus what is true about corporate America

  • Why white leaders in America don’t know how to find diverse leaders

  • The truth about meritocracy in the workplace

  • Embracing the moments that allow us to each step into our own power

  • The result microaggressions have on women of color and on their health

  • Coping mechanisms for processing events in the workplace

  • Creating community and a safe space in order to be able to have difficult conversations.


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Written by Michelle Abendroth

Michelle is a co-owner of Roth Media and helps podcasters achieve more with their shows.

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