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Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Resilience Leadership Institute, Former Leadership Development Lead at Nike & Cigna

With two decades of research, Dr. Taryn Marie is the #1 foremost international expert on leadership and resilience, leadership development, and executive coaching in the face of challenge, complexity, and change. Formerly, she has served as the Head of Executive Development and Talent Strategy at Nike as well as Head of Global Leadership Development at Cigna. She is the Founder and Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) at Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI). Her groundbreaking qualitative research unlocks the potential to harness resilience, and her accessible, thoughtful, engaging, and interactive style connects deeply with audiences who are both motivated and marvel at their previously unappreciated resilience.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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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.

Women, Wellness, and Worthiness

Since COVID-19 became a global health pandemic, the trying, tumultuous, and transformative elements have been nothing short of difficult for all of us, especially for the millions of women that have left the workforce in the last year. The detrimental impact of the pandemic on women is becoming more widely recognized, and even referred to as a “she-cession”, discover how resilience can be leveraged to create greater sustainability for women in the workforce.

Harnessing Resilience to Advance the Future of Work

Before we go rushing back to work, let’s look at what we’re rushing back for. 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. 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, drawing on the wisdom and growth of our recent experiences.

From Burnout to Balance

We’re all feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and navigating high levels of stress and uncertainty. 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.

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.

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.

Change Leadership
Creating Positive & Engaged Teams

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Executive Coaching
Did you know that most people utilize only 20% of their strengths at work? That means that there is a massive opportunity to unlock untapped talents in your organization right now. The Resilience Executive Coaching model pairs an Accelerated Strengths Coaching framework with over a decade of research into what makes leaders resilient to help leaders understand their true talents and help make a greater impact. As a result of coaching, after 9-12 months, participants experience: 31% increase in productivity, 37% increase in sales, 28% more engaged in their work and report, and 42% more creativity and innovation.
Succession Planning & Talent Strategy
Cultivating a resilient and diverse bench of talent and leaders ensures that your organization will never have a talent gap. The Resilient Succession Planning and Talent Strategy program is designed to uncover opportunities, future-proof your organization, and enhance your company culture.
Flourish: Self-Paced Program
Are you ready to become unstoppable? In the face of challenge, change, or complexity we have a choice: get stopped in our tracks or bounce forward. Taryn can teach you the tools to effectively bounce forward - and right into the life of your dreams.

Audience reviews:

  • Taryn’s presentation was impactful and valuable to our organization. Not only was the topic of resilience extremely relevant, but the way she presented her methodology was clear and easy to understand. She taught us how to access & practice resilience both at work at at home… her message was inspiring, genuine, and full of a-ha moments. - Chief Learning Officer, Kraft Heinz
  • Taryn has incredible empathy and intuition, so it’s no surprise that she is such a great coach! During the time that I worked with Taryn, I experienced firsthand her ability to quickly tune into what’s happening with others and ask critical questions to laser focus on what’s most important. - President HRD, Talent Strategist
  • Taryn is an eloquent, effective communicator motivated by care and compassion. She approaches her life from a place of gratitude. She applies these traits in every relationship and interaction. Taryn’s partnership has been integral to helping me obtain a deeper level of introspection, self-awareness, embrace vulnerability and grow in my resilience. - President, Cigna Medical Group
  • I have heard a lot of talks over the years and [Dr. Taryn Marie’s keynote] was one of the best; clear, concise, relevant, and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed it. - Head of Medical Affairs, ViiV Healthcare
  • Interesting. Provocative. Exactly what we needed to start of 2022 … - CEO, Discover Financial Services
  • It was absolutely incredible – she was inspirational, exciting, and engaging. Our group LOVED her. We have already gotten great feedback. Thank you SO much for helping us to coordinate getting her as a speaker we were blown away. - Senior Vice President & General Manager, Ambulatory Allscripts

Speaker Biography

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.

Her book entitled The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why some flourish when others fold, with reviews by Arianna Huffington and more, released in 2023.  Dr. Taryn Marie outlines the five critical behaviors that define successful resilience:
Productive Perseverance,
Gratiosity (Gratitude and Generosity),
and Possibility.

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! 

As a sought-after executive coach, consultant, resilience facilitator, and keynote speaker, Dr. Taryn Marie, in times prior to Covid-19, traveled the world, and she enjoys film, art, exercise, and is married to the love of her life, and together, they have five
bonus and biological children together.