Jill Bolte Taylor
- Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges
- Personal Growth and Achievement
- Happiness and Mindfulness
- Health Care Sciences
- Inspiring Lives
Audience & Industry
- Colleges and Universities
- The Health Care Industry
A brilliant neuroanatomist who suffered a stroke and had to teach herself to function again, Jill Bolte Taylor shows us about the importance of the brain to behavior and its similarity to the structure of organizations.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her functions and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Timesbest-selling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey and was chosen as one of TIME magazine's “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2008. In addition, Dr. Jill has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Taylor discusses with audiences the experience of her stroke and the two very different personalities within the hemispheres of our brains as well as insights on how to optimize the brain’s performance.
A Stroke of Insight: How to Get the Brain to Do What You Want
After her stroke Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor made a decision a million times each day to recover. That decision not only led to her eventual recovery, but a remarkable opportunity to share her experiences with audiences. In a presentation that has been called nothing short of mesmerizing Taylor relives her experiences of having a stroke and gives audiences a brief guided tour of the brain. She describes the biological underpinnings of watching half her brain deteriorate and shares valuable insights on:
- Why she initially studied the brain, her research and her own brain disorder
- How to get the brain to do what you want it to do
- How to capitalize on the brain’s two hemispheres
- How the choices we make and the thoughts we think directly influence our level of joy
In addition, Dr. Jill is happy to create an original topic in order to cater her presentation to an organization's specific needs.