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Dr. Brené Brown

Bestselling Author, Vulnerability Researcher & Storyteller

Brené’ Brown’s TEDx  talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million viewers. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Houston, Texas, USA


Daring Classrooms In this presentation, Brené explores:

  • 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
  • Strategies for helping children develop hopefulness, perseverance, and a stronger tolerance for disappointment


Brené enjoys working with event organizers to customize her talks.

Platform Plus

Keynote or Workshop Format | Rising Strong

In this presentation, Brené explores:

-Explore the critical role emotion plays in a behavioral change 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

Keynote or Workshop Format | The Power of Vulnerability

In this presentation, Brené explores:

-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
-Actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courage

Keynote or Workshop Format | Daring Leadership

In this presentation, Brené explores:

-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
-Actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courageous leadership

  • Brené Brown far exceeded our expectations. Her ability to engage and hold the audience was incredible and attendees were talking about it for the remainder of the event. Attendees came away with a new understanding of the importance of vulnerability, that it is the birthplace of innovation and creativity, getting into the arena, having a go and being a participant not a spectator, and being courageous is not always comfortable. She has an amazing ability to draw out the key findings of her research on vulnerability and courage, and present them in a way that strikes a chord with all attendees and leaves them contemplating their own lives, professional and personal, and making instantaneous meaningful changes to their actions and behaviours.

    - Commonwealth Bank
  • Our session with Brené was overwhelmingly positive and our leaders commented on what a great experience it was. Our survey results indicated she received the best ratings for external speakers that we’ve had in the last two years. Her content is applicable to our professional and personal lives, men and women alike. Her message about vulnerability is re-shaping our conversation about what it means to be a good leader – we were surprised by how engaged and excited out team was about the message!

    - Home Depot
  • A unique experience for hard-charged senior executives – one which allowed the team to look at leadership from a very different, very personal perspective. The concept of Daring Greatly, combined with wholehearted and being vulnerable opened up their willingness to step out of their comfort zone and step change how they will lead in a high growth company.

    - Mondelez International
  • One question we had when we hired Brené to speak to our audience of more than 3,000 business people from 90 countries was, ‘Would her topic and style be effective for business?’ My answer is a resounding YES. While many speakers try to motivate, Brené actually inspires people in business by helping them identify and free themselves from what blocks them from their reaching their potential. Her delivery was deeply personal yet it was relevant for all, including those in our culturally diverse audience for whom English is their second language. The universal comment from our attendees was, ‘I felt she was speaking directly to me.’ That is the ultimate endorsement.

    - Virtuoso Ltd.
  • 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. She delivers a critically important message that is supported by original research and does so in an engaging and intelligent way. Leaders at all levels of the organization come away with a new framework for looking at these issues and making effective changes to how they lead.

    - Shell Oil Company

Summary Profile

Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Daring Way and COURAGEworks – an online learning community that offers eCourses, workshops, and interviews for individuals and organizations ready for braver living, loving, and leading. Brené’s reputation as a speaker is built on her ability to explore difficult topics with tremendous honesty, warmth, and humor. She is a thought-leader, researcher, and storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable change strategies. 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 25 million viewers. Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.