One February day, Claudia Mason – a stroke thriver of seven years – was on the phone with our very own Liam Alexander brainstorming on what we could do for Stroke Awareness Month. Almost immediately after they hung up, Claudia’s phone rang.  It was Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor who said “I’m coming to NY! Is there anyone I can sit down with?”  

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has the #7 most-watched TEDTalk of all time, and was very explicit; ” If you want to hear about the morning of my stroke, go watch my TEDtalk. “Let’s talk about something new,” she said. 

So we did.  The four of us sat down for an intimate and exclusive roundtable. We spoke about stroke, the brain, health, and what it takes to overcome a brain injury and thrive. Then we explored what it is to be human, who we are, and what makes us do the things we do. 

We even had some fun too: 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor schools Kyle on how to get the girl, in our exclusive #StrokeofGenius roundtable discussion with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Claudia Mason, Kyle Mengelkamp, and Liam Alexander.

Get ready to dance around the brain and dive into what makes us who we are, how we experience the world, and what we can do to thrive.

Watch our exclusive roundtable discussion below:

Roundtable discussion with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Claudia Mason, Kyle Mengelkamp, and Liam Alexander.


  • 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 one of the top 5 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, 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.