Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a keynote speaker, panel moderator, and workshop facilitator. She has given keynote speeches at Chevron and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

She has moderated panels and conducted interviews for Invent Your Future, Callan & Associates, and at The Commonwealth Club.

She also leads workshops on storytelling and brand for clients include professional performers (MUNI Diaries), students (University of Michigan, Stanford University) corporate folks (Adidas Corporation), (Reebok Corporation), (Intuit), non-profits (Moore Foundation, Youth Speaks) and open classes where anyone can attend (Mill Valley Public Library, Kearny Street Workshop).

Dhaya’s one-on-one coaching clients (public speaking, storytelling emceeing/hosting, and appearing on-camera) include individuals at corporations (Facebook), government (San Francisco Board of Supervisors), and regular folks (who need to emcee a gala, give a toast, speak on a panel).

To book Dhaya for keynote/moderating/facilitating, please see and invite via Innovation Women or please go to the “Hire Page”


Here is what some folks say about Dhaya:

I had already seen you as an emcee at the Moth and so I knew that you were going to be smart and funny, but I was very impressed with your pedagogical style. As background I studied education at Harvard. And as an educational consultant I have observed more than 400 hours of classroom teaching in the Bay Area. I also taught creative writing at CCSF for 7 years. So I recognize the amount of work that goes into teaching and creating a successful classroom environment.You built on individual assets, while also providing a risk-taking atmosphere so that people could go beyond their comfort-zone. It was really impressive. Thank you!

–Nada Djordjevich, Executive Director of Gibson & Associates

“I was very nervous and self conscious. In the class, you demonstrated that each individual has a unique type of style and that one needs to put time and effort to find and maximize their strengths rather than worry too much on their weaknesses. You were energetic, witty and approachable in class. You gave positive feedback to motivate one’s unique style. I also liked the personal anecdotes and advice you gave from your experience as a performer. I really enjoyed the class, it was fun and I feel more comfortable going on stage. Thank you!

–Suhas Akshar Kumar, Innovation Software Engineer at Schneider Electric

“I never thought of myself as a creative person until I learned how to tell my story. Taking your class helped me realize that I have a lot to say and I should always say it. I will always appreciate that lesson.

–Frances Fu, Development & Communications Coordinator at Chinese Progressive Association