Woman in Innovation: Hayley Teasdale
"To me, innovation is the best way to help people live healthy and happy lives."

Each Wednesday we interview women in our community about innovation and what drives them to make a difference in their industries everyday!

What are you working on?
I am currently working on a rehabilitation tool, that can be used at home or in physiotherapy classes to rapidly improve balance. I am also writing my PhD thesis, which focused on using non-invasive brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease to help improve their symptoms.

Why is innovation important to you?
Innovation is important to me because I want to help people. Not just a couple of people.. I want to help a lot of people. My participants with Parkinson’s disease would ask me at the end of my studies for ways that they could continue improving their balance at home, because it had given them their life back. There was no current method available could help them, and I knew I had to create it. To me, innovation is the best way to help people live healthy and happy lives.

What drives you to make a difference?
Selfishness? I get such a kick out of it when something I did leads to something good happening to someone else. Whether it is as practical as helping them avoid a nasty fall, or as simple as giving them a bit of hope that things might get better, there is no better feeling.

Do you have any advice for getting more women into the innovation ecosystem?
I always thought I wouldn’t make it in the world of tech and entrepreneurship because I wasn’t an engineer. Turns out, that doesn’t matter so much (you can totally just hire one). What does matter is that you are creative, resilient and hardworking. I would encourage any women to get into innovation and entrepreneurship, it is incredibly empowering to back your own idea and see it blossom. I have gained so many invaluable skills in my short time in the field, skills I have no doubt with set me apart in which ever career path I take.

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