Suneel Gupta

Suneel Gupta

Entrepreneur | Harvard University Visiting Scholar | Author of Backable

As the founding CEO of RISE, a breakthrough wellness company, Suneel Gupta has helped thousands of people build better habits for life and work. Now as a bestselling author and Harvard Medical School visiting scholar, Gupta has taken his mission one step further — helping organizations reach sustainable peak performance by bolstering their people’s emotional resilience. He shares science-based strategies and habits to help leaders and their teams adapt to an ever-changing world of work, beat burnout, and boost long-term creativity, innovation, and productivity.

Gupta is a business survivor — he went from being the face of failure in the New York Times to the New York Stock Exchange’s “New Face of Innovation”. His internationally bestselling book, Backable, is rooted in his journey from twice-failed entrepreneur to the leader behind two IPOs. It also explores mindset shifts and hidden habits of people who are extraordinary at pushing new ideas forward. Gupta’s next book, due in 2023, will unveil the habits of high-pressure performers and explore why some people burn out while others reach new levels of resilience, productivity, and momentum.

Gupta’s goal as the CEO of RISE was to deliver low-cost healthcare services to people in need. He 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 partnered with then First Lady Michelle Obama and was named “app of the year” by Apple, before being successfully acquired by the NASDAQ-listed company, One Medical Group.

Today, Gupta is a visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School, where he 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, and host of Business Class: The Series, a podcast and docuseries created by American Express to showcase leaders who embody struggle and resilience. He has hosted such guests as Top Chef‘s Tom Colicchio, former monk Jay Shetty, and Martha Stewart.

Gupta was one of the very first investors to support the app, CALM, which now helps millions of people achieve a greater sense of work-life balance. He has also personally backed ventures such as Impossible Foods, AirBnB, 23&Me, and SpaceX. In addition, Gupta has partnered with The Second City comedy theatre to teach students and executives how to innovate “on-your-feet” during times of rapid change.


Momentum: Boosting Resilience, Fulfillment, and Performance

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 has 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 Gupta’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 include:

  • Learning why managing energy is as important as managing time.
  • How to build emotional runway and avoid burnout with science-based practices.
  • Habits from some of the happiest cultures on Earth.
  • Everyday practices for boosting morale and engagement.
  • How to re-frame failure as a pathway to success.
  • How to 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 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:

  • Seven 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.
  • Learning the “Game of Now” and why extraordinary leaders don’t wait for the timing to be exactly right.
  • How to embrace a new path to high performance that beats burnout and boosts innovation, creativity, and momentum.