Brown has taken the concepts of shame and vulnerability and turned them completely on their heads. In short, she subversively makes shame less shameful, a part of the ordinary human condition. So the question isn’t why shame, but what to do about it.


Dr. Brene´ Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.  Brene´ is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, and is the host of the weekly Spotify Original podcast Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.

Brene´'s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and titles include: Dare to Lead, Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.  Most recently, Brene´ collaborated with Tarana Burke to co-edit You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.

Her TED talk --The Power of Vulnerability -- is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 50 million views.  She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix.  The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service in 2019.

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


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Brené Brown is the CEO for The Daring Way and Founder and CEO of COURAGEworks and Brave Leaders Inc. She is a research professor at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is an author of numerous books and receives royalties from various publishers. Dr. Brown receives compensation as a speaker for numerous other organizations. Brené Brown receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Brené Brown has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.