Bren Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Bren 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: Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her TED talk--"The Power of Vulnerability"--is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than forty million views. Brown lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.
"In a world filled with rejection letters . . . Rising Strong can help your graduate make the most out of [their] failures."--Bustle "[Bren Brown's] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we've all had but haven't quite known how to articulate. . . . Bren empowers us each to be a little more courageous."--The Huffington Post "With a fresh perspective that marries research and humor, Brown offers compassion while delivering thought-provoking ideas about relationships--with others and with oneself."--Publishers Weekly "It is inevitable--we will fall. We will fail. We will not know how to react or what to do. No matter how or when it happens, we will all have a choice--do we get up or not? Thankfully, Bren Brown is there with an outstretched arm to help us up."--Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last