Parul Somani

• Leadership and personal development expert

• ~20 year career spanning Wall Street, Bain & Company, and Silicon Valley start-ups

• Featured on Thrive Global, and in films and books on survivorship and mindset

• Guest speaker on "Crafting Your Life" for Harvard Business School

Parul Somani is a leadership and personal development expert empowering people to thrive in life and career. Combining ~20 years of business experiences with evidence-based, actionable insights curated from psychology, Parul is sought-after by leading organizations. She inspires their members to live and lead intentionally, with mental strength and resilience, to better manage stress and burnout, navigate change, and more. She has been featured in Thrive Global, The Authority Magazine, and The South Asian Times, served as a guest speaker for the Harvard Business School class titled "Crafting Your Life," and been interviewed for various podcasts on professional and personal growth. More information is at parulsomani.com.

Parul is also an award-winning patient leader and health advocate. As a BRCA1 carrier, cancer survivor, caregiver, and former genomics executive, she uniquely represents the patient voice. Parul authored "New Job. New Baby. New Cancer." which has been read in ~85 countries, was named a "Raising Hope Honoree" by the American Cancer Society, and is featured in Stanford Health Care films and a #1 Amazon bestseller on survivorship and mindset. Parul has presented her experiences and learnings for premier organizations including the World Economic Forum, Stanford Health Care, the HLTH conference, GRAIL, and more.

Previously, Parul advised Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms as a Senior Manager at Bain & Company, and held executive roles in Silicon Valley start-ups. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and early stage startups, and the Global Mentorship Board for One League. Parul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She resides in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters, and carries a lifelong love for dancing, scrapbooking, travel, and making memories.


Speech topics

All topics are available as a keynote, an interactive keynote, or facilitated workshop for in-person or virtual events.

THE PATH OF LEAST REGRET™: HOW TO THRIVE FROM CHANGE

As individuals, teams, or organizations, our only constant is change. We are continuously navigating successes and failures, changing environments, and an evolving sense of self. Imagine the impact on your personal and professional life, or your organization's culture, wellbeing, and productivity if members learned how to navigate change with intention, resilience, and a growth mindset. In this powerful talk, Parul will combine her ~20 years of experience managing teams and navigating personal and professional transitions, with curated science from the field of psychology, to empower your audience with her 5-step framework for thriving from change.

Stress: How to Use it to Your Advantage

  • With languishing and burnout on the rise, people are increasingly struggling with managing stress in their personal and professional lives. Imagine the impact on your organization's culture, morale, wellbeing, and productivity if members learned to rethink the impact of stress, to constructively identify drivers of stress by their controllability, and to apply interventions to help them use stress to their advantage. In this inspirational talk, Parul will combine her ~20 years of experience managing teams and navigating challenging times, with curated science from the field of psychology, to empower your audience to thrive.

Growth Mindset: How to Turn Setbacks Into Opportunities

Disappointments, setbacks, challenges, and hardships are inevitable. It is the mindset with which we face them, however, that makes the difference between whether we fail or persist. Imagine the impact on your organization's culture, morale, wellbeing, and productivity if members learned how to face stressful, uncertain times with an empowering mindset. In this powerful talk, Parul will combine her ~20 years of experience managing teams and navigating challenging times, with curated science from the field of psychology, to empower your audience to identify their mindset, learn how to develop a growth mindset, and turn setbacks into opportunities.

Resilience: How to Use It When You Need It

We're told that resilience is the ability to "bounce back" from hardship. What if we recognized resilience to actually be the learnable skill of "bouncing forward"? Imagine the impact on your organization's culture, morale, wellbeing, and productivity if members learned how to recognize their resilience, strengthen it, and use it when needed. In this inspirational talk, Parul will combine her ~20 years of experience in leadership and navigating challenging times, with curated science from the field of psychology, to empower your audience with actionable insights to not just better face life's inevitable setbacks, but also thrive from them.

Patient Empowerment: How to Make Healthcare Work for You

Whether as patients, caregivers, providers, or healthcare executives, we recognize the healthcare system is hard to navigate. As a cancer survivor, caregiver, and former genomics executive, Parul offers a unique voice to healthcare conversations. She shares powerful stories of how patient empowerment saved, not just her life, but also those of her family members. Her learned insights will inspire healthcare organizations to better serve patients, and inspire patients and caregivers to better serve themselves and their families.

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