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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a renowned neuroanatomist and bestselling author, whose stroke recovery and profound insights into the human brain have captivated audiences worldwide.

Meet Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s own experience of healing from a devastating stroke offers a profoundly personal and unique view on neuroscience, mental health, and how our brain’s activities are intertwined with our overall well-being. Merging her professional knowledge with her individual journey, Dr. Jill investigates the wonders of the human brain. She examines how gaining insight into our brain’s structure and operations can foster increased empathy, tranquility, and personal fulfillment. She is also well-known for her keynote and motivational speaking. Organizations book Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s fees.

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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist whose research specializes in understanding how our brain creates our perception of reality.

However, in 1996 at the age of 37, Dr. Jill experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain. On the afternoon of this rare stroke (an arteriovenous malformation), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Over the next eight years, Dr. Jill completely rebuilt her brain to recover all physical, emotional, and thinking abilities.

Bestselling Author

Following her recovery, Dr. Jill authored the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight. Today, the book remains Amazon’s #1 book in this area of expertise. In addition, her recently published second book, Whole Brain Living, discusses the myth of left vs right brain and explains how the truth can be used to live a better life. Specifically, Whole Brain Living ranks #1 on Amazon in the following categories:

  • Stroke
  • Neuroscience
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Nervous System
  • Diseases
  • Stress Management


In this book, Dr. Jill explains how we can short-circuit our emotional reactivity to be better coworkers, family members, and friends. The more familiar we become with the way our brains work, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. In fact, we discover that we really do have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. This is the perfect book and keynote topic for organizations looking for a new, scientific means of self-improvement.

Viral TED Talk

In 2008, Dr. Jill gave a presentation about her experience with stroke at the TEDConference in Monterey, CA. It became the first TED talk to go viral and both TED and Dr. Jill became instantaneously world-famous. Now, that TED talk has been viewed well over 27.5 million times across all platforms. That 18-minute presentation catapulted Dr. Jill into the public eye, and within six weeks of presenting that TED talk, she was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, she was the premiere guest on Oprah’s Soul Series webcast, and her book My Stroke of Insight became a New York Times bestseller and remained on the list for 63 weeks.

Mental Illness Research

After her brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Dr. Jill has long used her expertise to better understand mental illness. She also remains the National Spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Harvard Brain Bank), where she educates the public about the shortage of brain tissue donated for research into severe mental illnesses. Since 1993, she has been an active member of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). She even served on the National NAMI Board of Directions for three years and later spent over ten years as the president of the local NAMI affiliate in Bloomington, Indiana.

Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS Foundation

Dr. Jill has a passion for educating the public about the beauty of our human brain. She aims to help others find their way back from neurological trauma and help everyone live their best life by better understanding their brain. Her Foundation Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS dedicates itself to providing educational services and promoting programs that are 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.

How to Hire Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Find out how to hire Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s availability and cost. When booking Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor Booking Price

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Upcoming Engagements

Our speakers are in high demand! View their upcoming events.

Apr 16 2024

Yvonne S. Boice STEAM 2024 Luncheon – Guest Speaker Gary Vaynerchuk – West Palm Beach, FL

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 16 2024

AMCP 2024 – Keynote Speaker Jon Dorenbos – New Orleans, LA

Apr 18 2024

SolarCon 2024 – Headline Speaker Gary Vaynerchuk – Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Palace Convention Center, Halls 4 & 5
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Key Audience Takeaways

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 also a remarkable opportunity to share her experiences with audiences. In a presentation called nothing short of mesmerizing, Jill 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.
  • Ways to capitalize on the brain’s two hemispheres.
  • How the choices we make and the thoughts we think directly influence our level of joy.


Tailored Keynote Speeches

In addition, Dr. Jill will happily cater her presentation to an organization’s specific needs and create an original topic for her speaking engagements.


Whole Brain Living Book Cover

Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life

Ranked #1 on Amazon in the following categories: Stroke, Neuroscience, Neurological Diseases, Nervous System Diseases, Stress Management.The New York Times best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight blends neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace.For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it isn’t that simple. In fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere contains both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are.The more we become familiar with each of the characters, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. We discover that we really do have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a radical road map to our own deep inner peace.

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