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Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Taylor

Neuroanatomist, Stroke Survivor & Author of My Stroke of Insight

Biography

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is one of those rare speakers who can keep an audience perched on the edge of their seats for over 90 minutes. Dr. Taylor projects an amazing positive energy and is committed to educating everyone about the beauty and resiliency of the human brain. Read More >

She keynotes with the single intention of helping her audience walk away with a better understanding of what is going on inside their heads and how they can get their brain to do what they want it to do. She is a true advocate for the neuroplasticity of the brain and its ability to recover from trauma.

Dr. Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Taylor to successfully rebuild her brain - from the inside out. In response to the swelling and trauma of the stroke, which placed pressure on her dominant left hemisphere, the functions of her right hemisphere blossomed.

Dr. Taylor is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey and was chosen as one of Time Magazine's “100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008.” In addition, Dr. Taylor was the premiere guest on Oprah's Soul Series webcast and was interviewed by Oprah and Dr. Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

When colleges, businesses or other groups of people who live or work together hear Dr. Taylor speak, there is a shift in the overall understanding about what is going on when people exhibit behavior that is not conducive to team building. Everything changes when we know other people are evaluating our behavior based on our brain anatomy. Entire groups of people learn how to interact with one another both respectfully and effectively.

Dr. Taylor loves keynoting and is a master at tailoring her presentation to the interest and skill-set of the audience. Regardless of who she is speaking to – corporate leaders, medical professionals, government officials, or the lay public, Dr. Taylor believes we all have much more power over what is going on inside our heads than we were ever taught. Her fascination and love of the human brain is contagious as she clarifies how any of us can embrace and exert the life force power we innately are.

Dr. Taylor has dedicated her career to the advancement of research into the human brain and neurological recovery from trauma. Her passion is to educate everyone about the fragile, yet resilient nature of this incredible organ. By sharing her science and her unique personal journey, she communicates a message of hope, education and celebration in a way that people can truly understand, and they walk away not only moved but shifted in their perception of who they are in the world and what they are doing with their power. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

My Stroke of Insight

On December 10, 1996, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Dr. Taylor now shares with audiences her inspiring journey to recovery based on her bestselling book, My Stroke of Insight. Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the TED conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Dr. Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

How To Get Your Brain To Do What You Want It To Do

In this speech, Dr. Taylor focuses on how we can create a healthy environment for the cells making up our brain so they can exhibit optimal health and performance. She will share what she learned about the right and left minds after her stroke and how we all have much more control over what is going on between our ears than we ever imagined.

90 Seconds to Happiness

How we think is just as important as what we think; you have to know the brain to train the brain. With brains still developing and incredibly impressionable into our mid 20’s, this talk focuses on understanding how the choices we make and the thoughts we think are influenced by the environment around us. Dr. Taylor shares how finding the intersection between logic and creativity will help you take charge of your thoughts and directly influence your level of happiness.

Compassion in Medicine

This keynote focuses on the paradigm shift which understands that neuroplasticity of the brain not only supports neurological recovery, but is our means for manifesting it. Medical professionals learn first hand what it was like for another medical professional to experience this level of illness and recovery, as well as what was needed and what interfered with neuronal recovery.

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