Dr. Brene Brown

Dr. Brene Brown - Leadership Communication Organizational Culture  speaker


About Dr. Brené Brown - Professor and Author on Communication and Leadership:

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012) and The Gifts of Imperfection (Hazelden, 2010).

Brené is the CEO and Chief Learning Officer for The Daring Way™, a training and certification program for helping professionals who want to facilitate her work on vulnerability and courage with individuals, groups, and organizations.

Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 14 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation. 

Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.

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What Dr. Brené Brown Talks About:

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Based on thirteen years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes, “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives and our work.”

In a scarcity culture where “never enough” dominates and fear has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized and failing. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable or dangerous as standing on the outside of our lives and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to show up and let ourselves be seen.

Daring Greatly | The Power of Vulnerability
In this keynote/workshop we explore:

  • The critical role vulnerability plays in our personal and professional success; 
  • The four major myths of vulnerability; 
  • The relationship between vulnerability and creativity, innovation, trust, engagement and joy;
  • The most common strategies we use to avoid and minimize vulnerability and how they move us away from our goals; and
  • Actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courage.

Daring Leadership™
In this keynote/workshop, we explore:

  • The relationship between vulnerability innovation, creativity, trust, adaptability to change, and accountability;
  • The role of courage (and discomfort) in authentic leadership;
  • The five most common strategies we use to avoid and minimize vulnerability and how they move us away from our goals;
  • How fear, blame, and scarcity sabotage the goal process; and
  • Actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courageous leadership.

Daring Classrooms™
In this keynote/lecture, we explore:

  • The relationship between learning, creativity, and vulnerability; 
  • How and why teachers, students, and parents armor up in the classroom;
  • How shame affects social and academic learning;
  • Why boundary-setting (with students and parents) is necessary to cultivate compassionate classrooms;
  • How teachers and school administrators can turn difficult situations into opportunities for connection and growth;
  • How and why we are physically, emotionally, spiritually hard-wired for connection; and
  • Strategies for helping children develop hopefulness, perseverance, and a stronger tolerance for disappointment.

Brené enjoys working with event organizers to customize her talks.

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Brené's research on connection, empathy, and vulnerability in the workplace helped us better understand how the emotional consequences of change play out in the workplace, and how to more effectively engage with one another.

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