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Parul Somani is a personal leadership and wellbeing entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and advisor. She is sought by leading organizations for her authentic storytelling and actionable insights, founded in personal experiences and backed by science. Parul empowers people and teams to thrive by equipping them with the mindsets, frameworks, and tools needed to better navigate change, manage stress, and live and lead with intention. Her audiences include premier companies, universities, and organizations including Oracle, Bain & Co., and Harvard Business School. Parul has been featured in Thrive Global, The Authority Magazine, The South Asian Times, and Everyday Health, and has been interviewed for various podcasts on professional and personal growth.
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 bestselling book on survivorship and mindset. Renowned organizations have selected Parul to share her healthcare learnings, including President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the World Economic Forum, the Stanford Cancer Institute, 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.
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My inaugural blog post "Why I Left Corporate America to Design Silver Linings" tells the longer story of my health and career curveballs and the specific silver linings that inspired my mission of helping others create their own.