Thank you for your interest in my work.
For the past seven years, I’ve had the absolute privilege of working with the amazing crew here at SpeakersOffice, Inc. If I had one word to describe the SpeakersOffice team, it would be integrity. If I had two words, I’d add family.
In addition to teaching me about the speaking world, Holli has taught me about being a brave leader and a daring entrepreneur. Together, we’ve tried several speaking models that allow me to balance my passion for speaking with my commitment to teaching and research, and, most important, with my deep yearning to be at home with my family and not miss too many of those messy, beautiful moments.
Effective January 16, 2017, we’re moving to a new model and my speaking requests will be managed by my team at Brené Brown Education and Research Group.
This change will allow us to better coordinate my calendars and talk to you about the possibility of collaborating on new leadership and culture research, as well as learning more about our new courage-building programs.
If you are interested in being a part of my community, scheduling an event, or would like to learn more about my work, please submit your online inquiry here and we’ll contact you as soon as we’ve had the opportunity to review your request.
I’ll also be hanging out here as long as they’ll have me!
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.
In this keynote/workshop we will:
- 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
DARING GREATLY or 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
- Actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courage
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
- Actionable strategies for leaning into our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of courageous leadership
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
- Strategies for helping children develop hopefulness, perseverance, and a stronger tolerance for disappointment
Brené enjoys working with event organizers to customize her talks.
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Today’s global economy is forcing businesses to increase productivity and efficiency while reorganizing to reflect the global landscape. 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