Brené Brown, LMSW, PhD, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent more than a decade studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.
A nationally renowned speaker, Brown teaches graduate courses on women’s issues, shame and empathy, advocacy-based research, and global justice. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the college’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
Her groundbreaking work on vulnerability, shame, courage, and authenticity has been featured on PBS, NPR, and CNN, and was the subject of two 2010 TEDx talks. Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on TED.com, with more than 15 million views.
Brown is the author of two #1 New York Times best-selling books, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. She is also the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) and Power Connections, a psychoeducational shame resilience curriculum that is being facilitated across the nation by mental health and addiction professionals.
Brown has also released several CDs based on her work, including The Power of Vulnerability, Men, Women & Worthiness, and The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting.
Additionally, Brown is the founder and CEO of The Daring Way, a teaching and certification program for helping professionals who want to facilitate her work on vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness.