Explore Beyond The Routine
Tara Ruttley, PhD
About Tara Ruttley
Mom • Wife • Space Scientist • Neuroscientist • Engineer • Archaeologist • Entrepreneur • Inventor • Aquanaut • Astronaut Finalist • Internationally-acclaimed Speaker • Routine Explorer
I help people to better adapt to any situation by inspiring them try new experiences beyond their routine. We can all be Routine Explorers.
Tara has wanted to work for the space program since she was a kid growing up in southern Louisiana. She’s worked her way up to her dream job, and has had some unique experiences along the way, but two pivotal moments mid-career made her question what else in life she was missing out on. What were her "other things"?
Tara is also a neuroscientist and knows that the brain literally changes when we have a new experience. We live in a limitless universe with seven different continents, nearly 200 different countries, more than 7 billion people, thousands of cultures, and hundreds of thousands of unique experiences, but mostly we stick to our daily routines. Yet even tiny new experiences can make us better able to adapt to change, overcome fear and adversity, and improve creativity. Why not try something new?
For her own good, Tara has been on a journey to explore beyond her routine, and now she inspires others to do the same. Whether you’re currently living your best life, or you’re stuck wondering what’s ahead, Tara’s message resonates with everyone.
Tara’s a dynamic, down-to-Earth, relatable speaker, and someone who is just fun to talk with. She has over a decade of experience in media appearances and has given light-hearted, informative, leadership-driven, and motivational keynotes to audiences ranging from undergraduates to career scientists and industry corporate professionals.
Tara has been at NASA since 2001. She holds degrees in Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Anthropology-Archaeology. She has publications ranging from engineering to neuroscience and archaeology and holds a US Utility patent.
Visit her Facebook page to interact or her YouTube playlist for examples of some of her media:
Beyond the Routine Keynote Speaker
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done? Most courageous? Most memorable? Our brains are literally rewired for the better when we try new experiences. This makes it easier for us to adapt to change and build resiliency. We are Everyday People: parents, leaders, executives, teachers, professionals, learners, introverts, and extroverts. And we all have our daily routines that work (and sometimes they just don’t!). Tara’s got stories to tell (and no, she’s never jumped out of an airplane!) and opportunities to share that will motivate you to get out and do something new, big or small, beyond your daily routine. Realize your full potential when you grow through new experiences! You can also connect on her Facebook page and encourage each other to try new or exciting things. Maybe she will join you!
Student Motivation Keynote Speaker
Tara grew up in southern Louisiana and was the first in her family to graduate college. As an undergraduate, she stumbled upon the McNair Scholar program, who took her in and motivated her to complete her graduate degrees. Now she enjoys speaking to university students who are looking for someone who can motivate them to push through the adversity, obtain that degree and land that dream career. Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year is going to come no matter what! What will that look like for you?
Science is hotter than ever these days! It’s controversial, cultural, relevant, and the basis of a functional democratic society. But none of this matters if you’re speaking science-y jargon to the folks who really do want to care and want to do something with your results! Climate change, genetics, food production, health…the public wants to learn and take action but sometimes you’re just confusing them. Learn the importance of becoming a relevant story teller so that your research can impact your stakeholders: the general public, your investors/funding reviewers, congress, the media, and your grandmother! Tara has a decade of experience in speaking to audiences on complicated science topics, and has learned relevant tactics to share with her fellow science colleagues to help them lose the "so what?" gaze during conversation.
I love new opportunities, so please let me know what you’re thinking!