speaker. coach. advocate.
Parul Somani is a global keynote speaker, writer, coach, and advocate empowering people to act with intention. Over her 20+ year leadership career, Parul has developed, tested, and proven a groundbreaking approach to helping people, teams, and organizations get unstuck, embrace change, and make difficult decisions. She is now sought-after by Fortune 500 companies, Silicon Valley startups, universities, healthcare systems, conferences, and other nonprofits for her authentic storytelling, powerful frameworks, and actionable insights. Parul is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and has been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, the Authority Magazine, The South Asian Times, and podcasts on professional and personal growth.
Parul is also an award-winning patient leader and health advocate. Her experiences as a BRCA1 carrier, cancer survivor, and caregiver, in combination with her business expertise, make Parul an inspiring and valuable thought partner to patients, providers, researchers, and healthcare leaders. She has been invited to speak on genomics and cancer care, patient advocacy and empowerment, mental wellbeing, and access to quality care by leading health organizations, including the White House for President Biden's Cancer Moonshot, the World Economic Forum's Global Precision Medicine Initiative, Stanford Health Care, HLTH, and more. Parul wrote her blog, "New Job. New Baby. New Cancer.", throughout her cancer treatment, and it has since been read in ~85 countries. The American Cancer Society recognized Parul's contributions to patient leadership by naming her their 2020 "Raising Hope Honoree" and inviting her to serve on their National Breast Cancer Roundtable and Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Previously, Parul advised Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms as a Senior Manager at Bain & Company, and held leadership roles in consumer technology and genomics start-ups. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and early stage healthcare start-ups, 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. Parul resides in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters, and carries a lifelong love for Indian dancing, which she formally performed for over thirty years.