Meet Suneel

SUNEEL GUPTA is the bestselling author of  "Backable", which 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.”

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Beating Burnout: Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Endless Change and Chaos

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, which 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

Why Some Innovators Get Ahead and Others Get Ignored

As the world speeds up, it’s become way too easy to get left behind. What keeps us fresh and relevant are our ideas. But why is it that some ideas inspire and move people to action, while others tend to fizzle out? In this talk, you’ll learn the surprising truth about Innovation and why some innovators get ahead while others get ignored. You’ll leave with memorable stories, science-based insights, and immediately usable techniques to turn your idea into an inspiring vision that captivates attention and inspires action.

What’s Next? The Future of Healthcare Leadership in the Post-COVID Era

A customized keynote 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 him behind-the-scenes insights into breakthrough health companies across industries and stages of development - including Peloton, 23&Me, Impossible Foods, and Calm.

Feedback from customers

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

Sona Chawla, Chief Marketing Officer, Walgreens

“Thought-provoking and inspiring. He resonated deeply with our audience.”

Sterling Shea, Global Head of Wealth, Dow Jones

“Highly entertaining and substantive. After Suneel's talk, we thought differently about change.”

Steve Muench, Senior Vice President of HARMAN International

“A bright spot at our conference. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!”

Deborah Scally, Editor, Corporate Board Magazine

“Remarkable! Extremely valuable! You ignited discussions that sparked fresh, creative ideas.”

Sulema Peterson , SACRS Executive Director, SACRS

“Suneel brought to life the concept of innovation.”

Dan Roiter, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Video highlights

Learning to Be Backable Through Failure

Duration: 3:45

Cast a Central Character

Duration: 3:19

The Game of Now

Duration: 5:36

Q&A with #1 Bestselling author Daniel Pink

Duration: 3:45


Duration: 1:01:42

Becoming Backable Post-COVID

Duration: 07:00

Suneel has engaged with hundreds of organizations including: