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. She leads the firm’s strategy to drive more equitable outcomes by extending its DEI focus across talent practices, all client-facing and operational activities, and the firm’s impact on society.
Kavitha champions creating the culture and the systems to help empower everyone to thrive as their exceptional selves and reach their full potential. She spearheads Deloitte’s DEI Transparency Report, first issued in 2020, setting a new standard for racial, ethnic, and gender data transparency and accountability.
She co-leads the Executive Women in technology initiative for Deloitte’s CIO Program focused on connecting Women CIOs/CTOs.
She co-leads the firm’s Black Action Council, which serves as a catalyst for a long-term strategy to advance Black colleagues and communities by developing a culture of anti-racism both inside and outside Deloitte’s four walls. She also plays a key role in Deloitte’s commitment as a founding member of OneTen, a coalition to create more than 1 million jobs for Black Americans over the next ten years.
Along with Deloitte’s CEO and executive team, Kavitha championed $26 million in pro bono and donations to organizations for improving social justice, employment, wealth, and equal educational opportunities, with additional funding for organizations addressing anti-Asian discrimination.
Previously, she led a $1 billion practice with nearly 5,000 professionals as Deloitte Consulting’s Civil Government sector leader. She is committed to increasing STEM awareness through involvement in Girls Who Code and local Robotics chapters.
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.