Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Former Head, Nike's Global Executive Leadership Development; Foremost International Expert on Resilience in Leadership and Life

Dr. Taryn Marie is the #1 international expert on resilience, mental health, and wellness in leadership and life, after two decades of empirical research.

Fee range:  $30-$50k In-person, travel $2k-$3k or receipts reimbursement
Travels from: Pennsylvania
Virtual: $10–15k

Dr. Taryn (pronounced Tair-Ran) Marie Stejskal (pronounced Stay-Skull) is the #1 international expert on resilience, in both leadership and life, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people, by enhancing hope, healing, and health through the concepts of resilience. She is recognized as a leading global authority on resilience, wellbeing, and mental health, and her work has been featured by news outlets and publications such as Fox and NBC News, Worldwide Business and Modern Living with Kathy Ireland, Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, and Forbes. LA Progressive 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.

Dr. Taryn Marie is the Founder and Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI); By leveraging over a decade and a half of original research on resilience, she developed the empirically based framework, The Five Practices of Particularly 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 (VCU) Medical Center. She is recognized as a Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Coach Globally (MG100), and the author of The Fives Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish and Others Fold.

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, who are always teaching her about resilience!

Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly 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.

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.

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?”

Resilience and Mental Health
Can we flourish in the workplace and effectively address mental health? How can individuals and teams, as well as organizational cultures, promote mental health for all employees? Dr. Taryn Marie reveals the answers to these questions by exploring the advances in behavioral health, social psychology, and the dynamics associated with the most effective teams.

The New Rules of Resilience: Thriving in an Uncertain and Virtual World
Transformational and resilient leaders are critical for every organization, now more than ever, in our ever-changing global landscape. Yet, what does it mean to be a truly transformational and resilient leader? Dr. Taryn Marie reveals how to harness and enhance resilience, through the research-based model, The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People, that promotes leadership resilience for individuals, teams, and organizations when facing challenge, change, and complexity.

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.