Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal


About Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal - International Expert on Resilience, Mental Health, and Wellbeing

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. Her mission is to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people, by enhancing hope, healing, and health as well as increased consciousness and enhanced leadership skill through the practices of resilience. Her work has been featured by Fox and NBC News, Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, TEDx, and Forbes. LA Progressive magazine calls her “the go-to person” and “a secret weapon” for CEOs and executive leadership teams who want to find their edge as well as rise above the competition.

Her TEDx talk, How Resilience Breaks Us Out of Our Vulnerability Cage, is trending toward 1 million views in just a few months. She speaks to Fortune 500 organizations and multinational companies across the globe on The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People and believes that resilience, mental health, and wellbeing are the keys to individual, teams, and organizational growth and acceleration. The CEO of Discover remarked that her keynote is, “Interesting. Provocative. And just what we needed….” Dr. Taryn Marie provides an unforgettable experience for her clients where audiences laugh, cry, and leave transformed.

Prior to founding RLI, she served as the Head of Executive Leadership Development & Talent Strategy at Nike, looking after the C-Suite and the top 400 VPs as well as athlete partners as
well as Head of Global Leadership Development at Cigna where she lead the strategy to develop people in 86 countries across the employee lifecycle.

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 in Richmond, VA. 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, mental health, and wellbeing. 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, being published with a top three global publisher and Brene’ Brown’s executive editor from Daring Greatly is set to release in April of 2023.

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What Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskall talks about:

The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish when Others Fold

What are the attributes that determine whether a leader, team, or organization will flourish or fold? After conducting two decades of research to understand how people effectively face challenge, in leadership and life, resilience is the key differentiator that sustains people in moments of difficulty, ambiguity, and adversity.

At a time when we’re all facing extensive challenge, change, and complexity, harnessing let alone, enhancing resilience has never been more important. World renowned resilience expert and Nike’s former head of executive development and talent strategy, Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal shares with audiences the five practices of highly resilient people — behaviors and practices, available to all of us, that have been shown to dramatically increase our resilience.

Resilience is the essence of being human, a skillset we all possess. Yet what it means to be truly resilient has been largely misunderstood. Dr. Taryn Marie inspires and engages audiences with a practical, tangible, and relevant approach to enhancing resilience the difference between flourishing and folding.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Learn The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People, the habits empirically shown to determine why some flourish after facing challenge and others fold
• Understand The Three Myths that block out ability to access our resilience
• Increase resilience and reduce stress, exhaustion, and burnout
• Build their own Resilience Toolkit focused on a series of practical skills and habits that that increase wellbeing during times of anxiety and burnout.
• Recognize the power of vulnerability in cultivating resilience as well as authentic and empathetic leadership


Resilience is a Team Sport: Resilience is the New Model for Personal Transformation, Team Engagement & Retention

Resilience is not an individual pursuit, but instead a team sport as today’s workplace requires new strategies for connecting and getting results. While engagement and retention are top of mind for many organizations, previous leadership models are outdated and offer little value. The commonality amongst the most effective leaders and teams is a commitment to
resilience, along with empathy and vulnerability if they are to reach their true potential. By fostering resilience and developing the whole person, teams members move from trying to cross the finish line first to focusing on how the team can cross the finish line together.

One of the best ways to help your team enhance resilience while boosting productivity, engagement, and retention is through The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People. To learn more, read Resilience is a Team Sport, published in Forbes, featuring Dr. Taryn Marie on resilience and team leadership.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Learn The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People for enhancing team connection, cohesion, and communication framework
• Build a culture of team resilience where team members have a renewed sense of trust, purpose, and their potential
• Create enhanced engagement and productivity, leading to greater retention by focusing first on amplifying positive team dynamics
• Experience a reignited passion for their team’s focus and goals
• Foster greater commitment to the team and organization as people feel their development is a priority

From Burnout to Balance: Practices to Restore & Optimize Engagement
The volume of challenge, change, and complexity has left so many people feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and navigating high levels of stress and uncertainty. 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 organizations across the globe. This keynote provides a roadmap for how we can we flourish in our places of workplace, along with promoting greater wellbeing for all people.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Increase resilience, lower stress, and feel equipped to manage the ups and downs of life
• Build their own ‘Resilience Toolkit’ of easy to implement practices that increase wellbeing, mental health, and resilience during times of anxiety and burnout
• Recognize that it’s okay to not be okay
• Understand how to enhance their own wellness and how to build up their team’s and organization’s practices that foster and enhance greater wellbeing


How You Harness Resilience to Advance The Future of Work: Navigating Uncertainty and Ambiguity

The world is changing faster than we ever imagined, leaders and teams get to dig deep within themselves to break through and find opportunity in uncertain times. Instead of bouncing back, we’re bouncing forward, drawing on the wisdom and growth of our recent experiences to go forward in our careers, lives, and pursuit of dreams and goals.

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 reacting. 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. Rather than bouncing back, we get to enhance our resilience to bounce forward.

Before becoming the #1 expert on resilience, mental health, and wellbeing and living out her dreams, Dr. Taryn Marie suffered from crippling PTSD. After committing to a series of positive life changes, she had a shift in perspective that changed her outlook on life and opened herself up to endless possibility. She is committed to helping others unlock the power of their inherent resilience. Dr. Taryn Marie’s life changing message has opened up audiences around the world to cultures of greater authenticity, gratitude, and endless potential.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Recognize that all aspects of their life impact your work, life, and performance
• Harness The Five Practices that increase wellbeing and mental health during times of stress and uncertainty
• Learn how small acts can create a large-scale impact in your team, organization, and community
• Understand how to transform their perspective to optimize performance


Women, Wellness and Worthiness: How to do What you Always Dreamed, But Never Thought was Possible

Resilience is for men and women, yet women very often have both universal and unique experiences that require them to engage with resilience in both leadership and life. Whether you would like to believe in yourself, set bigger goals, or reach the ones you already have, Dr. Taryn Marie will help you get from “ambition” to “accomplishment” without sacrificing your personal life, wellbeing, or sanity. Dr. Taryn’s message of radical possibility combined with her Five Practices leaves audiences not only inspired but also equipped with tools to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Her system of achieving seemingly impossible goals demystifies daunting tasks by turning ‘dreams’ into ‘projects’ and creates inspiration through action and accountability. Dr. Taryn takes a candid look at the ways that well-meaning women sabotage themselves and others, and she reminds us that it’s never too late to start your list and leave your lasting impact on the world. You’ve totally got this!

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Learn how to accomplish seemingly impossible goals through The Five Practices Steps
• Identify the #1 thing that holds you back from accomplishing your goals
• Learn Dr. Taryn Marie’s methods to amplify confidence and banish imposter syndrome for good
• Develop a plan of action to drive you forward towards your goals and dreams

The Not-so-Surprising Link Between Resilience, Innovation & Creativity: Making the Impossible, Possible

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. Transformational and resilient leaders are critical for every organization, now more than ever, in our ever-changing global landscape as we continue to foster greater innovation and creativity. Yet, what does it mean to be a truly innovative, creative, and resilient leader? Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal reveals how to harness and enhance resilience, through the empirical model, The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People, that provides a guide to make the seemingly impossible possible by enhancing resilience for individuals, teams, and organizations when facing challenge, change, and complexity.

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Understand how psychological safety is a key foundation for creativity and innovation
• Appreciate how resilience, creativity, and innovation have a reciprocal relationship
• Learn how to enhance their own and their team’s innovation, creativity, and resilience
• Appreciate how The Five Practices can support them in making the seemingly impossible become possible


Close the Confidence Gap: Three Proven Secrets to Boost your Confidence and Eliminate Procrastination

Did you always believe that being confident, let alone mastering confidence was something for other people, but not you? This inspirational and interactive talk will allow each person to understand how to harness their confidence, once and for all!

Drawing from The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People, Nike’s former head of executive development and talent strategy, Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal, shows you how to apply the practical skills and key strategies, used by high-level leaders and athletes to amplify your confidence for good because people aren’t born confident, confidence is developed!

As a result of this program, attendees will:

• Why developing confidence stops people from living with regret
• How to boost your confidence personally and professionally by unmasking 3 common beliefs that diminish your power
• The secret to beat procrastination, overcome perfectionism, and step into a new level of productivity
• The most important decision you need to make to stop self-limiting your success and start living your best life now!

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“Uplifting. Thought provoking. Unforgettable. Your life and view of the world will not be the same after hearing Dr. Taryn speak. In all the best ways! ”

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