Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD
Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist. In 1996, she experienced a severe hemorrhage (AVM) in the left hemisphere of her brain causing her to lose the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, documenting her experience with stroke and eight-year recovery, spent 63 weeks on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and is still routinely the #1 book in the category Stroke in the Amazon marketplace. Dr. Jill’s more recent book, Whole Brain Living, explores our ability to tap into both sides of our brain. Dr. Jill is a dynamic teacher and public speaker who loves educating all age groups, academic levels, as well as corporations and not-for-profit organizations about the beauty of our human brain. She focuses on how we can activate the power of our neuroplasticity to not only recover from neurological trauma, but how we can purposely choose to live a more flexible, resilient, and satisfying life. In 2008, Dr. Jill gave the first TED talk that ever went viral on the internet, which now has well over 28 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Time magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s "Soul Series" webcast. Her new book Whole Brain Living – the Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life is a #1 release on Amazon in categories ranging from Neuroscience to Nervous System Diseases and Stroke.
Financial: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is the president and CEO of My Stroke of Insight, Inc. and Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS, Inc. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Taylor receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.