WOMEN TO WATCH

Adita Karkera

Chief Data Officer
Deloitte Consulting LLP's Government and Public Srvices

As the chief data officer, I lead our data strategy to foster value creation from the organizations’ data while facilitating trust. As a champion of data for good, I also serve as a fellow in the Deloitte AI Institute for Government where I provide strategic advice to government organizations in the areas of data management, strategy, advanced analytics and AI.

PRESSING QUESTIONS

How I knew this was my passion

After witnessing how leveraging citizen data and emerging tech could solve citizen problems and enhance the public good, I knew this was my passion!

Biggest challenges in my career

Being the only woman in the room so often in tech meetings was a frequent challenge.

Nonprofit I wish more people knew about

Women in Data. The organization's mission is to increase diversity in data careers. I'm also honored to be the inaugural chapter lead for the Federal Government chapter.

Best career moment so far

Being honored as Data Leader of the Year 2022 by Women Leaders in Data and AI. I was so proud to represent Deloitte and my team for their diligence and commitment.

A skill I never expected to need in this field

The skill of acknowledging and embracing our unique accomplishments. Especially for women, this is needed to break the cycles of imposter syndrome for career success.

Best advice I ever received

Be prepared, do your homework, be visible and not afraid to voice your opinions. Speak up - you are in the room for a reason.

The first thing I do to course-correct when I hit a wall

Our field can be pessimistic, and I am not a pessimistic person. Stay optimistic, but approach decisions realistically to find ways to break through the walls you hit!

What keeps me coming back to my job every day

Knowing that we are dedicated to improving the use of data for public good, having an impact on mission problems, solving citizen related issues and enhancing citizen experiences.

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Hometown

Little Rock

I can't start my day until

I meditate

Hobbies

Traveling

Binge watch

Literally any Bollywood movie

Last good read

"Invisible Women" by Caroline Criado Perez

Favorite meal in town

Heights Tacos & Tamale Co.

Best recent local discovery

Kemuri West

Words of Wisdom

Speak Up - You're in the room for a reason

Most-used app

Messages

Best volunteer moment

Launching the Federal Government chapter of the nonprofit, Women in Data (Wid)

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