Suneel Gupta

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Expert on Connecting Wellbeing to Performance; Healthcare Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author;
Host, American Express Business Class Docuseries; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Medical School

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Suneel Gupta: Biography at a Glance

  • Suneel Gupta, bestselling author and Harvard Medical School visiting scholar, offers a transformative approach to work that fosters emotional resilience and engagement, challenging the unsustainable hustle culture with science-backed habits for sustainable innovation and fulfillment.
  • As the founding CEO of RISE and recognized “New Face of Innovation” by the NYSE, Suneel's expertise lies in guiding individuals and organizations from burnout to balance, emphasizing personal alignment for peak professional performance and joy.
  • His international bestseller, "Backable," uncovers the mindset and practices of influential innovators, while his latest work, "Everyday Dharma," provides a practical blueprint for aligning one's work with their true self, enhancing well-being and effective leadership.
  • Suneel's research at Harvard Medical School intersects inner well-being with impactful leadership, and as an emissary for Gross National Happiness, he bridges American and Bhutanese cultures in the pursuit of societal contentment.
  • Beyond academia, Suneel is the dynamic host of the Webby Award-winning "Business Class" docuseries and a pioneering investor in companies like Impossible Foods and Airbnb, dedicated to inspiring people to pursue what ignites their passion.

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As the founding CEO of RISE, a breakthrough wellness company, Suneel Gupta helped thousands of people build better habits for life and work. Now as a bestselling author and Harvard Medical School visiting scholar, Suneel has taken his mission one step further – helping people reset, reignite, and find meaning in their work by bolstering emotional resilience and engagement. Suneel asks, “How can an organization excel on the outside if its people are exhausted on the inside?” Grit and hustle are simply not a long-term answer to dealing with non-stop change and stress. Suneel offers leaders and teams a better way to work; one that results in sustainable innovation, productivity, and fulfillment. He arms people with science-based habits that will avoid burnout, boost energy, and improve their professional and personal lives.

Suneel is a business survivor and the author of the international bestselling book Backable (2020). That book is rooted in his inner journey from twice-failed entrepreneur to becoming a leader behind two IPOs and being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange. The book reveals the mindset shifts and hidden habits of people who are extraordinary at pushing new ideas forward.

In his transformative book, Everyday Dharma (2023) codifies Suneel’s mission to help people reset, reignite, and re-engage through a timeless practice called Dharma. Simply put, Dharma brings “who you are” and “what you do” into alignment. When we’re aligned, we’re able to produce our best work and lead ourselves and others effectively, experiencing true joy along the way.

As visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School, Suneel researches and teaches the interconnection between inner well-being and outer leadership. He is also emissary for Gross National Happiness between the United States and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

As CEO of RISE Suneel helped thousands of people establish a way to personalize their physical and mental health journey while connecting with certified nutritionists and trainers at an affordable price. The company was named “App of the Year” and partnered with then first-Lady Michelle Obama before being acquired by the NASDAQ-listed company One Medical Group. In 2022, with its acquisition of One Medical Group, RISE is now part of Amazon.

Suneel is the host of Business Class, a 2023 Webby Award-winning docuseries created by American Express, where he showcases entrepreneurs and business visionaries who embody struggle and resilience. He is joined on the show by guests like Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, former monk Jay Shetty, and Martha Stewart.

He has partnered with The Second City comedy theater to teach students and executives how to innovate "on-your-feet'' during times of rapid change.

Suneel has also personally backed ventures including Impossible Foods, AirBnB, 23&Me, and SpaceX. He was one of the very first investors in CALM, which now helps millions of people achieve a greater sense of work/life balance.

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

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HEAD, HEART, AND HANDS: A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT LEADERSHIParrow-down

Leadership has changed. To get things done and drive bottom-line results, leaders must embrace a striking truth: they don’t just impact people’s work but their overall health and well-being. Leaders who understand how physical, mental, and emotional health drives business performance will build trust, become magnets for exceptional talent, and elevate overall productivity. Suneel Gupta’s ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ framework empowers leaders with new strategies to create a work environment where well-being drives outstanding outcomes. Drawing on over a decade of experience as a healthcare CEO, bestselling author, and host of an award-winning television show on leadership, Suneelempowers audiences through interactive experiences and demonstrates how a focus on purpose (head), well-being (heart), and action (hands) transforms organizational performance.

You’ll learn to:

  • Motivate your people to be “all in” without burning out, by teaching them how to manage not just their time, but their energy.
  • Learn the art of aligning “who you are” with “what you do” so you can inspire your team and carve result-oriented paths for their daily work.
  • Cultivate a meaningful sense of belonging in your team, whether in-person or remote.
  • Discover the key drivers of emotional resilience and how to deal with daily setbacks.
  • Renew a sense of commitment and momentum in your team’s day-to-day life.
GET BACKABLE – WHY SOME IDEAS MOVE AHEAD WHILE OTHERS GET IGNOREDarrow-down

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

MOMENTUM: BOOSTING RESILIENCE, FULFILLMENT, AND PERFORMANCEarrow-down

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

PURPOSE IN ACTION: BRINGING WHO YOU ARE TO EVERYTHING YOU DOarrow-down

More than ever before, people are struggling to find meaning in their work. In this talk, Suneel Gupta helps people reset, reignite, and re-engage through a timeless practice called Dharma. Simply put, Dharma brings “who you are” and “what you do” into alignment. When we’re not aligned, we become exhausted, depleted, and burnt out. When we are aligned, we feel creative, energized, and lit up. We’re able to produce our best work and lead ourselves and others effectively, experiencing true joy along the way.

Suneel first learned the practice of Dharma from his grandfather on a porch in New Delhi. Years later, when he was lost and exhausted — struggling to find a sense of meaning in his own work — he returned to the playbook his ancestors left behind and related it to today’s fast-paced, changing world of work.

Suneel shares deeply personal stories of how he found a path back to purpose and joy – and how others have done the same. By the end, you’ll be inspired with actionable tools to re-engage in your work and life with a renewed sense of vigor and meaning. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Rediscover your “essence” and express that through your work
  • Be “all in” without being “always on”
  • Find comfort in the most uncomfortable of situations
  • Deal with failure and use it as a pathway to success
  • Find yourself by losing yourself through leading and lifting up others
  • Blur the lines between work and play to reach your highest potential
  • Forge ahead and take decisive action, even in the face of uncertainty
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Suneel Gupta was a bright spot at our recent West Coast Boardroom Summit conference! His insights were both refreshing and thought provoking—and his on-the-ground experiences at the forefront of some of the most successful entrepreneurial ventures in recent years leant true credibility to his presentation. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!

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