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Kavitha Prabhakar, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer | Deloitte US

Principal | Deloitte US | Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer

A proud immigrant, American citizen, mother, woman in technology, and champion for social change, Kavitha Prabhakar is the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer for Deloitte US.

Kavitha leads Deloitte’s strategy and commitment to drive more equitable outcomes. To this end, she spearheaded the release of Deloitte’s DEI Transparency Report, first issued in 2020, setting a new standard for racial, ethnic, and gender data transparency and accountability. She additionally co-led the release of The Equity Imperative, which calls businesses to drive more meaningful action toward greater racial equity.

As a woman in STEM herself, Kavitha co-leads the Executive Women in Technology initiative for Deloitte’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) Program and is personally committed to increasing representation of girls in STEM by engaging in K-12 education in local communities. She has led various Women’s Initiative programs for financial services including 100 Wise Women and Women on Wall Street.

Previously, Kavitha led a $1B practice with nearly 5,000 professionals as Deloitte Consulting’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 (USAID). She additionally was a member of the Deloitte Board Council.

As a 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 the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the State University of New York, Buffalo.