CEO, The Infinite Impact Group
Lakshmi Gopalkrishnan is the CEO of The Infinite Impact Group, a Seattle, WA-based leadership and organizational development firm with a global client base that spans 25 countries. Her transformative—yet 100% practical—methodology brings data, storytelling, and life skills to the fine art of leadership and human development.
Originally from Kolkata, India, Lakshmi has lived in the United States for 3 decades. Her own multicultural story represents the continuous intersection of privilege and dispossession, wild successes and profound disconnection. It has made her poignantly aware that today’s critical Inclusivity conversations are creating new tyrannies when they exclude, shame, or ignore people on the basis of “privilege”—age, gender, color, class, race, education, social or economic status, and more.
With 24 years in senior management and consulting in F5 tech and over 5,750 hours of professional coaching experience, Lakshmi knows first-hand that there is a greater need than ever to foster a different kind of dialogue in the workplace and world—one that helps people lead and connect with curiosity, empathy, generosity and openness. To get there, she believes the first step is accepting our own unique stories and finding the courage to share them with others so they can do the same. Only then can we come together to truly move the worlds in which we live and work and ensure that conversations on critical topics like diversity remain truly inclusive and are never oversimplified.
Lakshmi has a Masters’ degree from Georgetown and a Ph.C. from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the Strategic Marketing Management Program at Stanford Business School. Her clients include leaders and teams at Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Yum! Brands, Zillow, and several nonprofits and startups looking to transform the global marketplace. She is a certified facilitator of several cutting-edge leadership frameworks, including Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ program, for which she is one of only 3 mentors worldwide.