Suneel Gupta Profile

  • Named the "New Face of Innovation" by the New York Stock Exchange, featured by the New York Times, CNBC, and The Today Show.

  • Founder of RISE, which Apple named the "App of the Year" and Michelle Obama chose as an official partner to the White House.

  • At Harvard, teaches non-entrepreneurs and executives how to manage stress, while speeding up innovation and creativity.
  • 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 achieve sustainable peak performance 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.

    His next book, due in 2023, will unveil the habits of high-pressure performers, explaining why some people burn out, while others reach new levels of resilience, productivity, and momentum.

    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 currently the host of Business Class, a 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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    Momentum: Accelerate Your Performance Without The Burnout

    In the face of an exhaustion epidemic, it’s time to rethink how we view high performance. Grit and hustle have their place short-term but over time are 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 people build emotional runway to increase performance, innovation, and creativity. “The people who lose momentum very rarely run out of time or talent – they run out of energy,” says Suneel. 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
    –Master everyday practices for boosting engagement and morale
    –Discover habits from some of the happiest cultures on Earth
    –Reframe failure as a pathway to success
    –Master the changing work landscape with less stress

    Get Backable: Why Some Ideas Move Ahead While Others Get Ignored

    The future belongs to organizations that enlist everyone in the effort to adapt swiftly to relentless change. But in the changing world of work, building community, collaboration, and engagement 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 engage others and turn a new idea into a 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

    What People are Saying about Seeing Suneel Speak

    Rating Entries

    “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

    “Everyone needs to hear this message. We can all be brokers of ideas and you have to have support to turn those ideas into reality.”
    – Mike Dorsey, Vice President, The Association of Union Constructors

    “A master at storytelling. Delivered his personal experiences in a relatable way that captivated us right out of the gates. Left us wanting to hear more and motivated to explore new ideas.”
    – Pete Newcomb, Senior Vice President, Critical Care

    “We brought Suneel in to speak to our portfolio executives and deliver a fresh outlook for leading through chaotic times. We were dazzled from the start and took notes non-stop. The talk was packed with fresh insights and non-obvious takeaways that we could put into practice that same day. I’d highly recommend bringing Suneel to your next leadership event.”
    – Partner, ABS Capital Partners

    “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.”
    – President, Association for Advancing Automation

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    Books by Suneel Gupta:

    Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You

    No one makes it alone. But there’s a reason some people can get investors or bosses to believe in them while others cannot. And that reason has little to do with experience, pedigree, or a polished business plan. Backable people seem to have a hidden quality that inspires others to take action. We often chalk this up to natural talent or charisma…either you have “it” or you don’t.

    After getting rejected by every investor he pitched, Suneel Gupta had a burning question: Could “it” be learned?

    Drawing lessons from hundreds of the world’s biggest thinkers, Gupta discovered how to pitch new ideas in a way that has raised millions of dollars, influenced large-scale change inside massive corporations, and even convinced his eight-year-old daughter to clean her room. Inside Backable are long-held secrets from producers of Oscar-winning films, members of Congress, military leaders, culinary stars, venture capitalists, founders of unicorn-status startups, and executives at iconic companies like Lego, Method, and Pixar.

    Backable reveals how the key to success is not charisma, connections, or even your résumé, but rather your ability to persuade others to take a chance on you. This original book will show you how.

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