In episode #8, Rachel is joined by Lakshmi Balachandra to chat about using adaptive language to more effectively connect with your audience.
Every week Rachel Happe chats for 30 minutes with a new guest – no script, no rules.
Rachel and Lakshmi talk about how improv classes might be more powerful than business school, how women and men pitch different, and the difference between asking for the minimum of what you need, and asking for what will make you thrive.
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About Lakshmi Balachandra:
Lakshmi Balachandra is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. her research examines the impact of trust, gender and other entrepreneurial characteristics in acquiring early-stage funding. She has been a Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government focusing on the impact of gender biases on women entrepreneurs. She was awarded fellowships for her research on VC decision-making from the Kauffman Foundation and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
While working for the largest women-owned, women-focused venture capital firm in the country, she founded the Women’s Venture Capital Network, the first network of its kind in the country where she organized, created and managed numerous networking events and educational panels for women professionals in the industry. During (and in-between) her professional career in finance and entrepreneurship, Dr. Balachandra has also been a professional stand-up comedian and improvisational comedian performing in comedy clubs across the country.