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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor    

Scientist and Author of "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey"

Dr. Jill Bolte 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 (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Taylor to completely recover all of her physical function and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (published in 2008 by Viking Penguin). In 2008, Taylor gave a presentation at the TED Conference in Monterey, CA, which turned out to be the first TED talk to ever go viral through the internet. TED and Taylor became world famous instantaneously and her TED remains one of the top five most viewed TED talks of all time. This now famous 18-minute presentation catapulted her story into the public eye, and within six weeks of presenting that TED talk, Taylor was chosen as one of TIME magazine's “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2008, she was the premiere guest on Oprah's “Soul Series” web-cast, and her book My Stroke of Insight became a New York Times best seller.

Taylor is currently working with the Hawn Foundation on their Mind-Up program, which teaches children about the neuro-circuitry of the human brain involved with reactivity, meditation, mindfulness and cognitive accountability. In addition, she feels passionate about helping others find their way back from neurological trauma, and is involved with the development of the upcoming feature film of her life. Taylor created the not-for-profit organization Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS, which is dedicated to providing educational services and promoting programs related to the advancement of brain awareness, appreciation, exploration, education, injury prevention, neurological recovery, and the value of movement on mental and physical health, as well as other activities that support this purpose.

Speech Topics


A Stroke of Insight: How to Get the Brain to Do What You Want

After her stroke Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor made a decision a million times each day to recover. That decision not only led to her eventual recovery, but a remarkable opportunity to share her experiences with audiences. In a presentation that has been called nothing short of mesmerizing, Taylor relives her experiences of having a stroke and gives audiences a brief guided tour of the brain. She describes the biological underpinnings of watching half her brain deteriorate and shares valuable insights on why she initially studied the brain, her research and her own brain disorder, how to get the brain to do what you want it to do, how to capitalize on the brains two hemispheres, and how the choices we make and the thoughts we think directly influence our level of joy

In addition, Dr. Jill is happy to create an original topic in order to cater her presentation to an organization's specific needs.

Who's Who Inside of You?

with a focus on identifying the two very different personalities, talents, and skill-sets within each of our hemispheres with the intention of developing our ability to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.

90 Seconds to Happiness

with a focus on understanding how the choices we make and the thoughts we think directly influence our level of joy.

Compassion in Medicine

with a focus 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.

My Stroke of Insight.

This speech focuses on the content of Dr. Jill’s book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey.

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

This speech explores how we can create a healthy environment for the cells making up our brain so they can exhibit optimal health and performance.

Who’s Who Inside of You?

This talk focuses on identifying the different personalities, talents, and skill-sets within each of our hemispheres with the intention of developing our ability to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.

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. 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.

Advocate for Humanity.

Once you understand yourself and the biology of your brain, you can more easily understand others and can identify commonalities among people with very different cultures/viewpoints/experiences.

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