“I’m on a mission to transform the world with my communication skills”, is what you hear first when speaking to Sunil. His passion is to reach out people who are in difficult and challenging situations and give them hope and courage that they have power to rise and fight the adversaries.
Everybody has the right to a new beginning. And Sunil would go out of the way to give a group of strangers a second chance. Having worked his way up, despite early disadvantages, Sunil knows the value of second chances.
His struggle-to-success story was feelingly penned in his book, I Will Survive: Comeback Stories of a Corporate Warrior (2010). His second book, Bound to Rise (2013), postulates the theory that we are all prisoners of our habits and beliefs. Perhaps that is why he leans “towards helping those who are in chains.”
Volunteering in a prison is not for the faint hearted. Sunil Robert is spearheading TCS BaNCS, North America in volunteering with a Toastmasters group to helps criminals in New Jersey’s maximum security prison script their life story afresh.
Sunil draws on his personal story of beating the odds and his successful career in marketing and communications in corporate world to illustrate his voluntary sessions at the East Jersey Prison, a maximum security prison in New Jersey, USA.
These sessions are held as part of a US Justice Department initiative to organize life-transforming programmes that can potentially enable prisoners to stay on the straight and narrow path after they are released.
Week after week, Sunil and his fellow volunteers coach prisoners on the art of public speaking, using gestures, evaluating their efforts and offering individual mentoring.
Today, both at work and outside the office, Vuppula strives to motivate people to reach their goals. In addition to teaching leadership skills to his colleagues, he speaks at colleges in India and in the United States about topics such as overcoming adversity and finding one’s calling.
Sunil also mentors students and others who reach out to him for advice. While he enjoys addressing large audiences, he says helping individuals, especially young people, is what matters most.
“If you can make a difference in one person’s life, I think you’ve fulfilled your calling,” he says.
If you would like to be part of the mission, join hands with Sunil Robert and make a difference in one person’s life in your sphere of influence.
“Sunil’s life story is heartwarming. His style is conversational and he shares his personal struggles and triumphs with candour. It is hard not to get inspired by such real life values not to get inspired by such real life valour. I gladly commend his effort to reach the youth of India.”
“I am delighted that he overcame so many odds since his childhood to succeed at a global level.”
“Grippingly written, here is a book that will inspire our young people to aim higher, while also providing practical tips based on Sunil’s own life regarding how actually to do so.”
“His book is not just about the road ‘from penury to prosperity,’ but about the greater journey to a life of purpose.”
“I have known Sunil for many years. He practices the principles he espouses and addresses these questions by encouraging his readers to consider the paradigms from which they view the world and work. He is a passionate and articulate man who understands the challenges facing many today, and I believe his book will encourage, motivate, and inspire you.”
“Vision without implementation is simply a hallucination. Likewise, a book without an experience that can transform you is just an illusion. Rarely do you find someone like Sunil, so enjoy this exciting book for your own success with integrity.”
“Sunil Robert’s Bound to Rise is a short but wise book, filled with thoughtful guidance for young people trying to steer their careers through a turbulent corporate world. I encourage young professionals everywhere to read it. It has the potential to change the way you think, and even more importantly, the way you act. That is its value.”
“I believe that if each individual in an organization focuses on performing to their potential, the positive effect on the organization can be exponential. In this context, Bound to Rise is a practical book that draws from real-life scenarios and offers engaging insights to help professionals realize their potential. Sunil draws from his experiences and offers realistic and honest alternatives that urge the reader to look inward in order to propel ahead in their lives.”
"Sunil is an outstanding example of how an individual can, through passion and diligence, realise his dream, overcoming the inevitable obstacles."
"This book (I Will Survive) will serve as an inspiration to young people everywhere seeking to achieve something in their lives"