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Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

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

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal
Adversity Leadership and Resilience
Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal
Adversity Leadership and Resilience

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal is a leading global authority on resilience and mental well-being. Previously the head of executive leadership development and talent strategy at Nike and the head of global leadership development at Cigna, 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. Stejskal believes resiliency is key to individual and organizational growth and shows audiences how to harness it to fuel performance.

Leveraging more than two decades of original research on resilience, Stejskal developed the empirically based framework “The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People” to make resilience accessible to all. LA Progressive magazine called her “the go-to person” and “a secret weapon” for organizations and teams who want to find their edge and rise above the competition. Stejskal’s ground-breaking work has been featured by NBC News, Fox, Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, and Forbes, and her TEDx talk “How Resilience Breaks Us Out of Our Vulnerability Cage” has been viewed over 1 million times.

Stejskal is a Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Executive Coach. She has also been recognized by Global Gurus as a “Top 30 Thinker in Leadership” and was a finalist for the Tony Hsieh Award, which is award to those leading human capital innovation. Stejskal is also the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold and the host of the top 1% acclaimed podcast, Flourish or Fold: Stories of Resilience.

In addition, Stejskal is an ambassador for The African Community and Conservation Foundation and serves as a sought-after trusted advisor and board member to amplify resilience, engagement, and talent strategy. She is also the chief product officer and chief happiness officer for Wicked Happy, a global aspirational apparel brand that promotes positivity and possibility through inspirational messages.

Stejskal earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland. She completed pre- and postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • I have heard a lot of talks over the years and that [Taryn’s keynote] was one of the best; clear, concise, relevant, and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 home… her message was inspiring, genuine, and full of a-ha moments.

  • It was absolutely incredible. She was inspirational, exciting, and engaging. Our group loved her. We have already gotten great feedback.

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