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Taryn Marie Stejskal

Resilience Leadership Institute

Founder + Chief Resilience Officer

The 5 Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some flourish when others fold


Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal (pronounced Stay-skull) is the #1 international expert on resilience, mental health, and well-being 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, as well as employee engagement, change leadership, and women in leadership. Her work has been featured by Fox, NBC News, Worldwide Business and Modern Living with Kathy Ireland, Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, TEDx, 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.

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Session outline

Resilience is categorically misunderstood. It’s not merely about bouncing back, and it’s so much more than returning to where you began. True resilient “doing” allows us to capitalize on the inescapable challenges of life and become better than we were before.

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal began working with brain injury patients and found that most popular beliefs about human resilience are incorrect. Since then, for the last 20 years, she has conducted qualitative research on the power of resilience, studying the science behind why some people succeed while others fail. Here, Dr. Taryn Marie outlines the five critical behaviors that define successful resilience: Vulnerability, Productive Perseverance, Connection, Gratiosity (Gratitude and Generosity), and Possibility. Resilient People bounce forward, take an active approach to facing challenges, and most importantly, they are made, not born.

Dr. Taryn Marie’s empirically proven framework shows us how to develop resilience practices in our own lives—as adults, as parents, and across organizations—in a manner that allows us to be enhanced by our experiences, not diminished.

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