Keynote: Kavitha Prabhakar, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer, Deloitte -WIE ILC 2021

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Title: Challenging the Status Quo As Courageous Champions for DEI

In order to grow and succeed as leaders in these times, we need to be bold, challenge orthodoxies, and take intentional steps to be at the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As organizations increasingly recognize that DEI is no longer a “nice to have” but a must have, our success as leaders may depend – and even be measured - based on our progress in this area. At this important inflection point, what are the concrete behaviors and actions each of us can take in order to courageously act as champions in driving real change around DEI?

Kavitha Prabhakar is a Principal and serves as the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer for Deloitte US. She also co-leads the Black Action Council for Deloitte, focused on architecting Deloitte’s long-term strategy to advance our Black colleagues and communities by developing a culture of anti-racism for our people, firm, and our communities.

Previously, KP led nearly 5,000 professionals as Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Civil Government sector leader, overseeing a wide range of clients including: the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, as well as the US Postal Service, NASA and US Agency for International Development.

She was a member of the Deloitte’s Board Council and leads the executive women in technology initiative for Deloitte’s CIO Program. Kavitha has also led various Women’s Initiative (WIN) programs for financial services including 100 Wise Women and Women on Wall Street.

A well-respected thought leader on the challenges and opportunities facing federal civilian agencies as they embrace digital transformation, as well as a vocal advocate for gender parity and inclusion, Kavitha has been recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen and as Crain’s Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law.

Kavitha has a M.S in Computer Science and MBA with concentrations in strategy and finance from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from State University of New York, Buffalo.

Kavitha Prabhakar is a Principal and serves as the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer for Deloitte US. She also co-leads the Black Action Council for Deloitte, focused on architecting Deloitte’s long-term strategy to advance our Black colleagues and communities by developing a culture of anti-racism for our people, firm, and our communities.

Previously, KP led nearly 5,000 professionals as Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Civil Government sector leader, overseeing a wide range of clients including: the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, as well as the US Postal Service, NASA and US Agency for International Development.

She was a member of the Deloitte’s Board Council and leads the executive women in technology initiative for Deloitte’s CIO Program. Kavitha has also led various Women’s Initiative (WIN) programs for financial services including 100 Wise Women and Women on Wall Street.

A well-respected thought leader on the challenges and opportunities facing federal civilian agencies as they embrace digital transformation, as well as a vocal advocate for gender parity and inclusion, Kavitha has been recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen and as Crain’s Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law.

Kavitha has a M.S in Computer Science and MBA with concentrations in strategy and finance from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from State University of New York, Buffalo.

Title: Challenging the Status Quo As Courageous Champions for DEI

In order to grow and succeed as leaders in these times, we need to be bold, challenge orthodoxies, and take intentional steps to be at the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As organizations increasingly recognize that DEI is no longer a “nice to have” but a must have, our success as leaders may depend – and even be measured - based on our progress in this area. At this important inflection point, what are the concrete behaviors and actions each of us can take in order to courageously act as champions in driving real change around DEI?...

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