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Taryn Marie Stejskal, Ph.D.

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Founder & Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI), Board Member, Advisor, Investor

Taryn Marie Stejskal is the #1 international expert on resilience, in leadership and life, after a decade and a half of empirical research.

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Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal (pronounced Stay-skull) is the Founder and Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI), she is recognized #1 international expert on resilience, mental health, and wellbeing in both leadership and life, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people, by enhancing hope, healing, and health as well as enhanced consciousness through the practices of resilience. Her work has been featured by Fox and NBC News, Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, and Forbes. LA Progressive magazine calls her “the go-to person” and “a secret weapon” for people who want to find and maintain their edge as well as rise above the competition.

By conducting two decades of original research on resilience, Dr. Taryn Marie developed the empirically based framework, The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People and believes that resilience is the key to individual, teams, and organizational growth and acceleration across the globe. Prior to founding RLI, she served as the Head of Executive Leadership Development & Talent Strategy at Nike, as well as Head of Global Leadership Development at Cigna. Dr. Taryn Marie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland and completed pre- and postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She is a Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Coach Globally (MG100) and received the Continental Who’s Who award for her executive leadership coaching. She is honored to serve as a sought-after trusted advisor for executives, public figures, and individuals from all industries who are looking for an edge by way of understanding and harnessing their inherent resilience. She is married to the love to her life, and together, they have a family of five children, two biological and three bonus children, which is always teaching her about resilience! Her book entitled The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold is set to release in April of 2023, and her online course, Flourish is available now!

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Taryn Marie Stejskal, Ph.D.’s Speech Topics

  • How We Harness Resilience to Advance the Future of Work

    Before we go rushing back to work, let’s look at what we’re rushing back for. Rather than bouncing back, we get to enhance our resilience to bounce forward. While we don’t get to choose our experiences, we can choose the meaning we make of our circumstances as well as how we respond, rather than simply react. As we advance in this new world of work, in the midst of uncertainty, coupled with ambiguity, we get to embrace the paradox of possibility and progress, alongside the inevitable growing pains we feel as individuals, teams, and organizations.


    In order to continue to develop resilience, we get to focus on cultivating courage, curiosity, and creativity as the antidote to the immense challenge, change, and complexity that exists today. Many people are asking, “Why?” “Why is this happening?” That is the wrong question. A more beautiful question is to ask, “How?” “How do we teach ourselves and others that chaos and challenge are not the enemy, but rather, the opportunity to improve our human condition and foster accelerated development and growth?”


    In exploring the “How’s” of this time, now more than ever, we get to:

    • Reinvent how we serve our customers, clients, and communities;
    • Rethink how we work effectively and efficiently;
    • Reimagine our roles as leaders; and
    • Enhance our resilience


    As the #1 International Expert on Resilience, Dr. Taryn Marie provides practical, actionable, and hope-infused research-based solutions for individuals, teams, and organizations through her characteristic inspiration, story-telling, and empirical work, drawing on her unique background heading global leadership development for Fortune 50 organizations.


    Key Takeaways Include:

    • How we find hope and allow our circumstances to transform us for the better
    • How to address experiences associated with burnout, exhaustion, and overwhelm
    • How we effectively navigate our circumstances to respond, not simply react
    • Best practices for individuals, teams, and organizations to implement strategies to enhance productivity, motivation, and mental health
    • How to harness the neurological aspects of our brain to bounce forward, not back
    • A guide to leverage this time period to launch more effective personal and professional behaviors, skills, and tools to be equipped for the defining moments of today, and tomorrow 
  • From Burnout to Balance

    The recent constellation of feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and navigating high levels of stress and uncertainty has left so many feeling more than burned out. The volume of challenge, change, and complexity has left so many people feeling charred and frayed at the seams. Fortunately, to beat back burnout and find more balance, there is hope. As the #1 International Expert on Resilience, Dr. Taryn Marie provides practical, actionable, and research-based solutions for individuals, teams, and organizations to find greater balance, peace, and well-being enhance and resilience through her characteristic inspiration, story-telling, and empirical work, drawing on her unique background heading global leadership development for Fortune 50 organizations.


    Many of the strategies and skills we’ve used to create balance and maintain mental health from the past are no longer accessible in our hybrid and virtual environments. In our new world of work, what got us here is no-longer relevant for the present, let alone for the future. This keynote provides a new roadmap for how to navigate balance for today and beyond. 


    Key Takeaways Include:

    • The surprising truth about what is really driving burnout
    • How to cultivate and protect our psychological fitness
    • The myths and truths about burnout, exhaustion, and overwhelm
    • Why self-care was never a stand-alone solution to burnout
    • Best practices for individuals, teams, and organizations to implement strategies to enhance productivity, motivation, and mental health
    • How to effectively segment and integrate our personal and professional lives
    • A roadmap for the future complete with a best-in-class guide for techniques to prioritize, draw boundaries, and build resilience
  • Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People

    What are the attributes that determine whether a leader, team, or organization will flourish or fold? After conducting over a decade of research to understand how people harness resilience in leadership and life, resilience is emerging as the key differentiator that sustains people in moments of difficulty, ambiguity, and adversity. Put simply, our ability to be resilient is the active ingredient that determines whether we flourish or fold. At a time when business is facing challenge, change, and complexity, enhancing resilience has never been more important. World renowned resilience expert and former head of executive development at Nike, Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal, shares with audiences The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People; the five behaviors we can all access to increase our resilience. Resilience is fundamentally at the core of what it means to be human and to be a leader and has been the element of leadership development that has been both overlooked and largely misunderstood. Dr. Taryn Marie inspires and engages audiences with a practical, tangible, and relevant approaches to enhancing resilience.

  • The (Not-So-Surprising) Link Between Resilience, Innovation, and Creativity

    How do we foster cultures that support innovation and creativity? While organizations have sought to understand the secret sauce that allows their people to effectively address challenge and pursue innovation, they have often overlooked a key ingredient that fosters innovation: resilience. It’s no longer IQ or EQ that will set you, your people, or your organization apart. It’s AQ – the adversity quotient, your ability to, through resilience, build the muscle necessary to face fear and failure and be truly innovative. Dr. Taryn Marie shared the foundational elements of resilience that accelerate innovation: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People along with tackling The Myths of Resilience that often derail innovation and creativity, in order to channel greater resilience in service of developing more innovative practices, people, teams, and organizations.

  • Women, Wellness, and Worthiness

    Now that millions of women have left the workforce since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations, let alone the U.S., may be facing a she-cession, economic circumstances in which job loss and departure from the workforce disproportionately impact women, as the confluence of roles women navigate, motherhood, career woman, and caregiving, collide, leading to overwhelm, anxiety, and the feeling of constantly never being enough. So often, we approach self-care from a place of activity instead of a place of worthiness. We all know where the Epson Salts and the bathtub is and where our workout videos are stashed. It’s not about knowing that self-care is good for us, it’s about doing and feeling worthy enough to put our self-care ahead of others’ needs. This keynote presentation can also be conducted as an intimate workshop, inviting women (and men) to engage in valuing themselves, and engaging in The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People to create greater sustainability as people and professionals.

What other organizations say about Taryn Marie Stejskal, Ph.D.

Taryn is a thoughtful, insightful and driven individual whose loyalty and consideration for others is to be admired.

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What other organizations say about Taryn Marie Stejskal, Ph.D.

An IV to the Soul. Dr. Taryn has been the key that has unlocked the cellar door that has allowed me to go deep within myself.

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