Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Taylor

Scientist and Author, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
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Presentation topics include:
- "My Stroke of Insight" with a focus 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" with a focus on 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?" with a focus on identifying the two very different personalities, talents, skill-sets and emotional systems 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 for cognitive and emotional responsibility.

- "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.

Presentations appropriate for college audiences:
Theme/Topic: Education and Empowerment
Title: “90 Seconds to Happiness”
Description: 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.

Theme/Topic: Global Citizenship/Diversity
Title: “Advocate for Humanity”
Description: 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.

Theme/Topic: Ethics
Title: “Who’s Who Inside of You”
Description: 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.

"Transformative Stories" with Carrie Newcomer:
- Also appropriate for college and general public populations, Dr. Taylor teams up with singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer for "Transformative Stories". This evening of entertainment has been repeatedly praised as "an event of uncommon depth" and the reports have been so positive that Carrie and Dr. Jill have decided to offer it again.

Why Book Jill Bolte Taylor?

  • A brilliant neuroanatomist who suffered a stroke and had to teach herself to function again, Jill Bolte Taylor shows us about the importance of the brain to behavior and its similarity to the structure of organizations.
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    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 Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her physical function and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (published in 2008 by Viking Penguin). In 2008, Dr. Jill 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 Dr. Jill became world famous instantaneously and her TED talk is now the second most viewed TED talk 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, Dr. Jill 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 bestseller.

    Dr. Jill is currently working with the Hawn Foundation on the development of a high school curriculum related to 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. Dr. Jill 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. The Brain Extravaganza is the not-for-profits first educational awareness program and you can learn more about that community project at jbtbrains.org.

    Dr. Jill remains the National Spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Harvard Brain Bank), and educates the public about the shortage of brain tissue donated for research into the severe mental illnesses. Since 1993, she has been an active member of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is currently president-emeritus of the NAMI Greater Bloomington Area affiliate in Bloomington, Indiana, after serving as the president for ten years. 

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