Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Author, Founder and Chief Resilience Officer (CRO)
Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI)

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. Her mission is to positively  impact the lives of 1 billion people, by enhancing hope, healing, and health as well as increased  consciousness and enhanced leadership through the practices of resilience. She also serves as  the Chief Wellness Officer for Lifewrite, a platform leveraging the latest in AI technology dedicated to enhancing mental health and wellbeing through by harnessing the power of our  human expression through writing. Her work has been featured by Fox and NBC News,  Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, TEDx, and Forbes. LA Progressive magazine calls her “the  go-to person” and “a secret weapon” for CEOs and executive leadership teams who want to  find their edge as well as rise above the competition. 

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, along with master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed  pre- and postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology at Virginia Commonwealth University  Medical Center. She is the host of the top 5% acclaimed podcast Flourish or Fold: Stories of  Resilience, where well-known people tell their lesser well-known story of facing challenge to 

remind us that adversity is a necessary ingredient in life. She is recognized as a Marshall  Goldsmith Top 100 Coach Globally (MG100), where was a nominee for the Tony Hsieh award  for innovation in human capital, and her TEDx talk entitled “How Resilience Breaks Us Out of  Our Vulnerability Cage” has been viewed over 1 million times! She is a sought-after  international inspirational keynote speaker and has received standing ovations from  organizations such as Nike, Liberty Mutual, Taiwan Semiconductor, Toyota, and Citi. 

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. Her two sons, Samson and Sawyer are always teaching her  about resilience! Her book entitled The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why some  flourish when others fold is available in pre-sale, will release on April 18th, 2023, and has been  endorsed by Arianna Huffington, Daniel Pink, Kathy Ireland, Keith Ferrazzi, Marshall Goldsmith, and Quinton Aaron, start of the Academy Award-winning film The Blindside.