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 where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. Her new book, Dare to Lead: Bold Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., is scheduled for publication in October 2018.

Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views.

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

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What Dr. Brené Brown Talks About:

Daring Leadership: The Four Pillars of Courage
Across organization type, size, and mission – small entrepreneurial startups, family-owned businesses, or Fortune 100 companies – leaders are asking the same questions: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

Brené writes, “Courage is an irreducible element of successful strategy and culture change efforts, and it’s a prerequisite for any meaningful and lasting leadership development approach. Regardless of how an organization measures success, you can’t get there without brave leaders.”

In this keynote/workshop, we explore how courage is taught, developed, and measured. Specifically, we’ll examine:

  • The four foundational skill sets of courage – vulnerability, clarity of values, trust, and rising skills.
  • How we can develop the twenty-eight teachable and observable behaviors that ladder up to each of the four pillars of courage.
  • How fear, blame, and scarcity sabotage our work and our relationships.
  • Actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courageous leadership.
Rising Strong
If we’re brave enough often enough we will fall. Rising strong after a setback, disappointment, or failure is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are. In this keynote/workshop we will:

  • Explore the critical role emotion plays in resetting after a fall and the connections between emotion, thought and behavior.
  • Define integrity and explore how offloading emotion moves us away from our values and corrodes culture.
  • Examine the power of storytelling and the dangers of confabulations and conspiracies.
  • Explore the three elements of the rising strong process (The Reckoning, The Rumble, and The Revolution).
  • Develop actionable strategies for getting back after a fall or setback so that we can live, love, and lead with greater courage.
Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
True belonging is the practice of belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are. This type of courage and strength can only be forged in the wilderness – through the lived experiences of collective joy and pain, curiosity and questioning, investing in connection, and grounded confidence.

In this keynote/workshop we will explore:

  • The factors leading to a culture of fitting in versus true belonging, cynicism versus engagement, and disconnection versus connection.
  • The power behind the four practices of true belonging (collective joy and pain; debunking, de-bunkering, and decency; investing in community; and grounded confidence).
  • Six qualities of leaders who cultivate cultures of true belonging and commitment versus leaders who build cultures of fitting in and compliance.

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 Recent Publications

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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