General Session featuring Brené Brown

2019 Annual Conference & Exposition

Dare to Lead
Leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same question: "How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?”  Based on 20 years of research, including the past seven studying leadership, Brené Brown found the answer: Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. In this session, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to explore:

  • The ten cultural barriers to courageous leadership.
  • The four skill sets that underpin courage:
    1. Rumbling with Vulnerability
    2. Living into Our Values
    3. Braving Trust
    4. Learning to Rise
  • The difference between armored leadership and daring leadership.
  • Why curiosity and grounded confidence are at the heart of brave work and tough conversations.

Brown writes, “The skill sets that make up courage are not new; they’ve been aspirational leadership skills for as long as there have been lead­ers. Yet we haven’t made great progress in developing these skills in leaders, because we don’t dig into the humanity of this work—it’s too messy. It’s much easier to talk about what we want and need than it is to talk about the fears, feelings, and scarcity that get in the way of achieving all of it. Basically, and perhaps ironically, we don’t have the courage for real talk about courage. But it’s time. And if you want to call these “soft skills” after you’ve tried putting them into practice—go for it. I dare you.” 

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:45am

Brené Brown


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 five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.

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.  She is also the first researcher to have a filmed talk on Netflix.  The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service on April 19, 2019.

Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve.  They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.

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