Dr. 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 sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers - The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone, will be released Fall 2017. Bren 's TED talk, "The Power of Vulnerability," is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views. In addition to her research and writing, Bren is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC - an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters. Bren 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