Dr. Brené Brown is a professor and vulnerability researcher at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Because vulnerability is at the center of many thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, her research topics cover a broad range of emotions and experiences, including shame, courage, an authenticity.
Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and fear, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:
How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough, that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?
Brené has won numerous teaching awards, including the College's Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2008, she was named Behavioral Health Scholar-in-Residence at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. Brené's work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and the Oprah and Friends Radio Network, and her articles have appeared in Self magazine, Elle magazine, and many national newspapers. She is also a frequent guest on radio shows across the US and she has given two TEDx talks on her vulnerability research. Most recently, Houston Women Magazine named her one of "The 50 Most Influential Women of 2009."
In this keynote/lecture, we’ll explore:
- How and why we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually hard-wired for connection;
- The newest research on hope as a cognitive behavioral process;
- The relationship between joy and gratitude; and
- Strategies for helping children develop a tolerance for disappointment, hopefulness, and perseverance.
In an increasingly anxious world, nurses, physicians, social workers, and hospital administrators often find their efforts to help met with resistance and anger. Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty create hostile environments even when our goal is to help, support, and heal.
Upon completion of this keynote/workshop, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of empathy and how empathy is correlated to positive patient outcomes;
- Identify the three components of self-compassion;Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between self-compassion and empathy;
- Identify how and why our functioning is affected by anxiety; and
- Identify two strategies for practicing self-compassion and empathy in anxious work environments.
For organizations to successfully navigate change, it is imperative that employees at all levels bring their best selves to work. But too often leaders and managers don’t know how to navigate the emotional landscape of change – especially the human response to stress, anxiety, and fear. Unknowingly, leadership often incites the exact behaviors that sabotage the creativity, trust, and accountability that are essential to managing change.
In this keynote/workshop, we will explore:
- The primary patterned methods for managing anxiety and how to use these as intervention tools;
- How fear and uncertainty can turn the best organizational cultures into shame and blame cultures and why courage, compassion, and connection are the best practices for strengthening culture during change; and
- Actionable strategies for cultivating a culture of courage, compassion, and connection in the midst of change.
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
From developing talent and connecting with consumers, to building brands and fostering innovative cultures, inspiration is critical. Inspirational leadership is not about job titles and roles – it’s a style of leadership available to anyone who is willing to practice courage in the midst of fear, to choose authenticity over self-protection, and to foster calm in times of high reactivity.
In this keynote/workshop, we will explore:
- The three primary components of inspirational leadership;
- The behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that sabotage inspiration; and
- Actionable strategies for practicing inspirational leadership.
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. In this keynote Brené explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity.