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speaker & advocate

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Parul Somani is an acclaimed mindset expert and powerful keynote speaker and advocate. Trusted by Fortune 100 companies and other organizations around the world, Parul has inspired leaders at Oracle, Neiman Marcus Group, Bristol Myers Squibb, and more to thrive in life and leadership. She is reputed for her authentic storytelling, actionable insights, thought-provoking questions, and proprietary frameworks, including Path of Least Regret® and M.O.V.E.™, for navigating uncertainty, making hard decisions, and embracing change with intention. 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 with premier health organizations, including the White House for President Biden's Cancer Moonshot, the World Economic Forum, MIT's Koch Institute, and the HLTH conference, for topics spanning the cancer care continuum, actionable genomics, 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 the National Breast Cancer Roundtable. Parul has been featured in Stanford Health Care and Medscape documentaries on cancer care, survivorship, and mindset.


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.

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Parul's inaugural blog post "Why I Left Corporate America to Design Silver Linings" tells the longer story of her health and career curveballs and the intentional actions that inspired the mission she now serves.

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