Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Nike's Former Leadership Development and Talent Strategy Head | Resilience Expert

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal is a leading global authority on resilience, well-being, and mental health. Previously the head of executive leadership development and talent strategy at Nike, she is now the founder and chief resilience officer of the Resilience Leadership Institute, where she is a trusted advisor for executives, athletes, and leaders across industries. She believes resiliency is the key to individual and organizational actualization and acceleration, and shows audiences how to harness it to fuel performance.

Leveraging more than 15 years of original research on resilience, Stejskal developed the empirically based framework “The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People” to make resilience accessible to all. Her ground-breaking work has been showcased in publications such as Forbes, Ariana Huffington’s Thrive Global, Ladders, and LA Progressive, as well as television broadcasts and applications Happify, eMindful, and Powerful Universe. It also led her to becoming a Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 coach.

Stejskal is also the co-founder of Resilience Element 75, which is focused on making resiliency accessible internationally through film and wearable technology. She is the author of the forthcoming book Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People, and will be featured in season two of the acclaimed series, The Social Movement: Four Days to Save the World, as well as the documentary, Breaking Free.

With an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in marriage and family therapy, Stejskal completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in neuropsychology at Virginia Commonwealth Medical University. She also serves as an ambassador for the African Community and Conservation Foundation.


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 — behaviours 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. Stejskal inspires and engages audiences with a practical, tangible, and relevant approach 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: 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 Stejskal reveals the answers to these questions by exploring the advances in behavioural 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 Stejskal 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

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.