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Hi, I am Lakshmi!


My name means Goddess of Wealth in Hindu mythology. Naturally, I’m attracted to fortune but that of a different kind. I’m a collector and connector of Billionaires of Moments: those game-changers who leave an indelible impact on the fabric of time through their innovative ideas!

I wear multiple hats, sometimes all at once! I’m the founder and CEO of INKtalks where I curate stories, build multi-disciplinary community, and enable leaders. I also speak about various aspects of leadership like redefining success, women at work, and the power of storytelling in business. Moreover, I love to host events --both online and offline-- and to interview achievers to reveal the person behind personality. And if and when I get the time, I write!

Prior to INK, I spent over two decades in the US in leading roles in technology (at Intel), venture capital (at Global Catalyst Partners), and launching and shaping initiatives for non-profit organizations (at American India Foundation). I moved back to India (Bengaluru) to disseminate the holistic India story to the rest of the world.

I hold MBAs from Portland State University and Bajaj Institute, attended IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Mumbai, and was gold medalist in undergraduate mathematics at Osmania University, Hyderabad. Having waded through domains like math, venture capital, and technology where women are under-represented, I am an ardent advocate of women at work. I pen a column on the topic for Fortune magazine. I was honored to be listed in Forbes’ ‘Women to Watch in Asia.’

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