speaker. coach. advocate.
Parul Somani is a global business leader, philanthropist, keynote speaker, and healthcare advocate. Over her twenty-plus year career, Parul developed and proved a step-by-step approach to navigating uncertainty, embracing change, and making hard decisions. Leading organizations, spanning Fortune 100 companies and Silicon Valley start-ups to premier universities and health systems, invite Parul to inspire their leaders and teams to act with intention and walk their Path of Least Regret® in life and leadership. Parul has been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, The South Asian Times, and podcasts on personal and professional growth.
Parul is also an award-winning patient advocate and lived experience expert. Her experiences as a BRCA1 carrier and cancer survivor, combined with her business expertise, make Parul an inspiring and credible thought partner to patients, providers, researchers, and healthcare leaders. She has been invited to share her insights and thought leadership at premier health organizations, including the White House for President Biden's Cancer Moonshot, the World Economic Forum's Global Precision Medicine Initiative, Stanford Health Care, and HLTH. Her signature topics include genomics, access and care across the cancer continuum, and the power of self-advocacy. Parul wrote her blog "New Job. New Baby. New Cancer." throughout her cancer treatment, and it now has readers 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 Leadership Council for Tipping Point, a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area that finds, funds, and strengthens the most promising poverty-fighting solutions, and the Global Mentorship Board for One League, a global education institution connecting the world's highest potential change-makers to world-class education and opportunities to realize global impact. Parul holds a 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 performed for over thirty-five years.