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 leadership, 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. Stejskal believes resiliency is the key to individual and organizational growth and acceleration, 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. Her ground-breaking work has been showcased in Forbes, TEDx, NBC, Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, and Fox, as well as in applications such as Happify, eMindful, and Powerful Universe. LA Progressive magazine called 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.

Stejskal is a Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Executive Coach. She received the Continental Who’s Who award in recognition of her executive leadership coaching. Her first book, The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold is set to be released in March 2023. Stejskal is also the host of the podcast, Flourish or Fold: Stories of Resilience.

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.


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.

From Burnout to Balance

We’re all feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and struggling to navigate 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 an expert on resilience, Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal provides practical, actionable, and research-based solutions for individuals, teams, and organizations to find greater balance, peace, and well-being. She will help you build resilience through her characteristic inspiration, storytelling, 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 and maintain mental health from the past are no longer effective 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 the future. This keynote provides a new roadmap for how to navigate balance for today and beyond.