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Suneel Gupta

Expert on the Changing World of Work: Connecting Well-Being and Performance; Bestselling Author of Backable; Host of Business Class Podcast & Docuseries; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Medical School

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Suneel Gupta teaches Innovation at Harvard University and is the author of Backable (Little Brown, 2020). Backable hit the #1 new release on both Amazon’s overall list and in the Workplace Behavior category. The book stems from Suneel’s journey from a twice-failed entrepreneur to a leader behind two IPOs and being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange. Suneel’s ideas have been backed by firms like Greylock and Google Ventures – and he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence inside Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers. He has personally backed startups including Impossible Foods, AirBnB, 23&Me, Calm, and SpaceX.

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Don't Just Manage Your Time, Manage Your Energy

Backable Sizzle Reel

NAIS | Backable Opening Remarks

MedImpact | Sanjay and Suneel Gupta

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Suneel Gupta teaches Innovation at Harvard University and is the author of Backable: The Surprising Truth About What Make People Take a Chance on You (Little Brown, 2020). Backable hit the #1 spot for new releases on both Amazon's overall list and in the Workplace Behavior category. The book stems from Suneel’s journey from a twice-failed entrepreneur to a leader behind two IPOs and being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange.

Suneel is the founding CEO of RISE, which partnered with then-first Lady Michelle Obama to deliver low-cost healthcare services to people in need. RISE was named "App of the Year" by Apple and sold in a successful exit to One Medical in 2016. Suneel later ran for U.S. Congress and now serves on faculty at Harvard University and as an emissary for Gross National Happiness between the United States and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

When a reporter once asked Suneel about his purpose, his response was to “find good people, and inspire them to do what inspires them.”

Speech Topics

In the face of an exhaustion epidemic, it’s time to rethink how we view high performance. Grit and hustle have their place but are also scientifically associated with burnout. As CEO of RISE, Suneel Gupta helped thousands of people overcome their challenges with physical and mental health. He now helps organizations increase performance, innovation, and creativity by showing why high-potential people and teams fizzle out. They don’t run out of time or talent, they run out of energy! This presentation is rooted in Suneel’s one-of-a-kind teaching at Harvard Medical School, as well as eight years of closely studying the habits of extraordinary leaders who reached breakthrough levels of productivity, resilience, fulfillment, and momentum.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

• Learn why managing energy is as important as managing time

• Build emotional runway and avoid burnout with science-based practices

• Discover habits from some of the happiest cultures on Earth

• Master everyday practices for boosting morale and engagement

• Reframe failure as a pathway to success

• Master the changing work landscape with less stress

The future belongs to organizations that fully engage their people in the effort to adapt swiftly to relentless change. But in the changing world of work, building community, collaboration, and connection has become harder than before. Creating a culture that spawns fresh ideas is only half the battle – showing people how to move their ideas forward is the other half that most leaders and organizations miss. When people understand how to get a new idea “backed” by colleagues, customers, and communities…big things happen. Breakthrough ideas rise to the surface, projects proceed faster and smarter, and organizations become magnets for top talent.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

• 7 ways to turn a new idea into an inspiring vision that captivates attention and inspires action

• How extraordinary leaders create a spirit of inclusion, collaboration, and community

• Learn the “Game of Now” and why extraordinary leaders don’t wait for the timing to be exactly right

• Embrace a new path to high performance that beats burnout and boosts innovation, creativity, and momentum


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  • “Suneel Gupta is one of the highest-rated speakers we’ve ever had. His talk was filled with great insights on the essential ingredients for successfully accomplishing your goals by winning support from others along the way. I plan to put many of his ideas into action to become a more “backable” leader, and I know others who heard his talk plan to do the same. But, beyond all of the practical lessons, the lasting impression our audience had was that Suneel is a genuine, caring person who understands leadership challenges. His stories were filled with humility, empathy, and emotion, traits we rarely encounter from our keynote presenters. If you’re looking for an excellent talk delivered with a strong sense of humanity, I recommend Suneel Gupta.” –Association for Advancing Automation

  • "Suneel Gupta's engaging remarks on entrepreneurship and business innovation were thought-provoking and inspiring, and resonated deeply with our audience."  –Barron's

  • “Suneel left our team smarter and ready to innovate.” –Walgreens

  • “Thought-provoking and inspiring. He resonated deeply with our audience.” –Dow Jones

  • “Remarkable! Extremely valuable! You ignited discussions for the rest of the conference.” –SACRS

  • “A bright spot at our conference. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!” –Corporate Board Member magazine

  • "Suneel was able to bring alive the concept of innovation to our consulting leaders. After his talk, our entire team was able to apply new innovative ideas to solving business problems." –Deloitte Consulting

  • "Suneel was a keynote speaker at our most recent conference, and he was incredible! Suneel was able to share key insights from his best selling book "Backable", while incorporating those insights with his personal experiences. He took time to learn about our business, the great work that financial advisors do for their clients, and made his lessons impactful for the entire audience. We loved his energy, story telling and spirit!"