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Suneel Gupta

Bestselling Author, CEO, Docuseries Host, Harvard Instructor, and Keynote Speaker on Creative Resilience, Wellbeing, and Human Performance

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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 Amazon overall, and also for Workplace Behavior. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from a twice-failed entrepreneur to a leader behind two IPOs, and to 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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Backable Sizzle Reel

NAIS | Backable Opening Remarks

MedImpact | Sanjay and Suneel Gupta

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Suneel Gupta is the author of the bestselling book Backable. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from the "Face of Failure" for the New York Times to the "New Face of Innovation" for 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 (NASDAQ: ONEM). 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 these uncertain times, it’s become way too easy to get left behind. An organization that isn’t helping every team member become “backable” simply isn’t firing on all cylinders. Backable people are able to rally others around a new idea in a way that inspires people to action. Great leaders invest in backability, because they know it makes their people far more creative and effective. Sales teams close more deals and drive needed revenue. Relationship managers deepen customer loyalty and win trust from key customers. IT and product teams save time and energy, getting the best tech projects “backed” in order to drive productivity. HR teams become a lightning rod for attracting and retaining the best talent.

Not only can people become backable, but organizations can too. As your teams apply these principles in the market, your organization will become more effective at winning customers, recruiting rockstars, delighting investors, and capturing the hearts of the media.

In this energizing session, you’ll learn the surprising truth about creativity and why some of us get ahead while others get ignored. You’ll leave with fresh neuroscience, uplifting stories, and immediately usable techniques to turn a new idea into an inspiring vision that captivates attention and inspires action.

This customized keynote is for the healthcare leader who is guiding teams and patients into trends that have been shaped and accelerated by COVID-19. Drawing on Suneel’s experience building rapid-growth, next-generation healthcare organizations, you’ll leave this session with immediately actionable habits for leading with resilience, speed, and imagination.

Currently teaching innovation at Harvard Medical School, Suneel is the founder of RISE, a breakthrough telehealth company that Apple named “App of the Year”. RISE partnered with Michelle Obama to reach patients across the country and was acquired by the One Medical Group (NASDAQ: ONEM). His venture capital experience, including inside Kleiner Perkins (one of Silicon Valley’s original firms), gave Suneel behind-the-scenes insights into breakthrough health companies across industries and stages of development including Peloton, 23&Me, Impossible Foods, and Calm.

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand how rapid trends inside healthcare have changed the way extraordinary leaders think about building world-class teams

• Learn how to face disruption with courage and resilience, embracing technology as a partner to create best-in-class patient experiences

• Uncover the “secret step” that great healthcare teams take to speed up innovation, even during times of chaos and change

In this one-of-a-kind talk, audience members will learn the art of reframing failure inside company cultures, and dramatically reduce their risk of burnout. Rooted in the latest neuroscience, you will leave with practical techniques for managing stress and anxiety while generating resilience, speed, and creativity.

As the CEO of RISE, which helped thousands of people overcome challenges with physical and mental health, Suneel uncovered the hidden qualities of highly resilient people, a subject matter he now teaches at Harvard Medical School. Suneel and his brother, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, are sons of a mom who rose from poverty to become Ford Motor Company’s first female engineer. You’ll walk away with intimate, heartwarming family stories and take you inside the Kingdom of Bhutan, where Suneel was appointed an emissary for “Gross National Happiness”.

“There are only a few people in the world who have made a success out of failing. Suneel Gupta is one of them.” –Simon Sinek, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Learning Outcomes:

• Dispel the  3 common myths of high performance and learn a “daily dash” for boosting morale and engagement

• Uncover the “twist” behind how one of the happiest places on Earth builds collaborative work cultures and communities

• Put into practice a quick morning ritual that has been proven to cut stress in half for some of the most successful firms on the planet

As the business world rapidly accelerates, leaders need to push new boundaries at a faster pace. They need to think and behave like entrepreneurs. Unlike most Silicon Valley CEOs, Suneel Gupta spent a decade leading P&Ls inside big companies before founding his own Silicon Valley startup, backed by Google Ventures. Now, as an investor and Harvard lecturer, he shares the techniques that leaders inside large organizations can learn from the cutting-edge entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley companies like Uber and AirBnB. As a result of his influence on Fortune 500 executives, the New York Stock Exchange named Suneel “the new face of innovation.” You’ll leave this talk thinking and feeling more entrepreneurial and ready to have massive impact inside your organization.


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  • "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