Neetal Parekh is an attorney by education, a communicator by experience, and a social innovator and storyteller at heart. She specializes in social entrepreneurship, startup methodologies, social media strategy, writing/blogging, and public speaking. Neetal is the Founder and CEO of Innov8social, which builds tools to help individuals and companies reach their impact potential. She is the host of the Innov8social Podcast, featuring interviews with thinkers and doers in the social impact space. Neetal serves as an advisor to social enterprise startups and as a mentor at the Sustainability Innovations Lab at GSVlabs. She has been selected as a 2016 Starting Bloc Fellow.
She holds a B.A. in International Political Science from UCLA, where she interned at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India. She pursued her interest in international work through volunteering in rural India and studying public human rights law in Geneva and Strasbourg. Neetal holds a J.D. and is licensed to practice law in Washington, and has found great joy (and challenge and grit :) in exercising her entrepreneurial spirit. Her past experience includes strategy roles at FindLaw, Calvert Foundation, Net Impact, and a handful of early-stage startups. She also served as Chief of Product and Impact at an education company (and public benefit corporation) where she designed and delivered entrepreneurship and business education to people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Neetal was a 2012 New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Fellow and served on the Advisory Board. She also engaged with the Executive team of VLAB, the MIT Enterprise Forum Bay Area Chapter at Stanford University, as Outreach Chair.
A passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship and impact innovation, Neetal believes that this field empowers us to creatively re-imagine how businesses and individuals can create meaningful impact and lasting value.