Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM

Cipriani | 110 E 42nd Street


                             We are thrilled to welcome you back to Summer Search New York City's Leadership Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.                           We will be honoring our remarkable students, alumni, and families, along with the incredible work of our Summer Search program team. 

A very special thank you to our 2022 Gala Chairs, Saad and Amy Siddiqui. 

Cocktail Hour will begin at 6pm | Program will begin at 7pm

Deepa Purushothaman, Gala Honoree 

Author, Cofounder and Corporate Inclusion Visionary

Deepa Purushothaman  [per-shot-a-man] 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.  

Deepa’s book The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America, published by HarperCollins comes out March 1, 2022. She is also a Women and Public Policy Program Leader in Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School where she concentrates on research to combat systemic racism in corporate structures to help women of color rise. 

Deepa is a founding board member of Avasara, India's first leadership academy exclusively for young women.  She has degrees from Wellesley College, Harvard Kennedy School, and the London School of Economics. She lives in Los Angeles.


At Summer Search, we believe our world is better off when everyone can discover their purpose.

Our mission is to unleash students' potential through mentoring and transformative experiences. Beginning in their sophomore year of high school through post-secondary completion, we partner with our students to help them discover that they possess the talent and strength to carve their place in the world.

Our Impact:

  • 100% of our students graduate from high school on time.
  • 69% earn a bachelor’s degree within 6 years of high school graduation, compared to 21% of their peers.
  • The majority of our alumni hold debt of less than $30K, compared to $50K for adults aged 22–35 who borrowed money for college.



New York City Board

Graves Tompkins, Chair  | Jonathan Pruzan, Vice-Chair
Samir Arora | Thomas C. Barry | Michael Blumstein | Scott Bower | Alexandru Constantin, Alumnus | Charlotte Feng Ford | Gary Godshaw |   Daria Hirsch | Jack Kopnisky | Hilary Lindemann | Alison Locker, Ph.D. | Taylor Lukof | Walter Nollmann | Jean-Marie Painvin | Vanessa Rahman | Andrew Sagor | Saad Siddiqui | Jordan Singleton, Alumnus | Gabby Slome | Matthew Smith | Scott Thomas | Thomas Wheeler | John White | Leigh Wit | Nina Yadava

National Board

Teke Kelley, Chair | Antoine Andrews | John Brennan | John Casares | Erik C. Christoffersen | Jill Cowan | Andre M. Cuerington |                           Stephanie DiMarco | Jeff Dorigan | Suzanne Eberhard | Dana M. Emery | Murphy Grant | Brandi Hudson | Angela Jackson | Robin Klaus |                 Sasha Kovriga, Alumnus | Jean Lee | Pamela Lehrer | Bibiana Leite | Tom Mattimore | Jim Milligan | Kurt Mobley | Robert Okun |                         Jabali Sawicki, Alumnus | Jeff Shames | Diana S. Strandberg | Graves Tompkins | Erik Toth


If you are unable to attend the gala but still want to support Summer Search New York City's important work, we welcome you to


Thank you for being a part of the Summer Search community!


Please reach out to Bethany Nelson with any questions concerning corporate sponsorships at 
In accordance with NYC regulations, we will require all guests to show proof of Covid-19 Vaccination upon entry.