Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965) is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at . She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly , Rising Strong , and Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone. Brown's TED talk – – 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, Brown is the Founder and CEO of – an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, and organizations.

Early life and education

Brené Brown was born in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Charles Arthur Brown and Casandra Deanne Rogers. [9] She spent a formative period in New Orleans, Louisiana. Brown was baptized in the Episcopal church and then later brought up Catholic. [10] She left the church for two decades, and later returned to it with her husband and children. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995, followed by a Master of Social Work (MSW) in 1996 and PhD from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston in 2002.

Career

Brown began her career as a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. [11] Her research focuses on authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations. She presented a 2012 TED talk and two 2010 TEDx talks. Brené's TED talk "The Power of Vulnerability" is one of the top five most viewed TED talks, with over 30 million views. [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]

Brown is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power ( Penguin / Gotham, 2007), The Gifts of Imperfection: Letting Go of Who We Think We Should Be and Embracing Who We Are ( Hazelden, 2010), Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012), Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. ( Spiegel & Grau, 2015), and Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone (2017). Her articles have appeared in many national newspapers.

In March 2013, she appeared on Super Soul Sunday talking with Oprah Winfrey about her new book, Daring Greatly . [18] The title of the book comes from Theodore Roosevelt's speech " Citizenship in a Republic ", which is also referred as "The Man in the Arena" speech, given at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910. [19]

Brown has also been interviewed by the author of Eat Pray Love , Elizabeth Gilbert, for Gilbert's Magic Lessons podcast, where she poses the question: "What's worth doing, even if you fail?".

Brown is the founder and CEO of , an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, and organizations. [20] Brown is also the CEO for , a training and certification program for helping professionals who want to facilitate her work on vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy. [21]

Honors and awards

Houston Woman Magazine voted Brown one of Houston's most influential women of 2009. [23] Her 2010 TED talk is one of the most watched talks on the Ted.com website. [19] She has received numerous teaching awards including the Graduate College of Social Work's Outstanding Faculty Award. [24]

In 2016, the Huffington Foundation honored Brown by pledging $2 million over four years to fund the Brené Brown Endowed Chair in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. This will provide resources to expand Brown's research, as a greater number of social work students pursuing training in grounded theory methodology will be trained in her research on vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy. [25]

Published works

  • Brown, B. (2017): Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone . & .
  • Brown, B. (2015): Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution .
  • Brown, B. (2012): Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead . New York City, NY: Gotham
  • Brown, B. (2010): The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are . Center City, MN: Hazelden.
  • Brown, B. (2009): Connections: A 12-Session Psychoeducational Shame-Resilience Curriculum . Center City, MN: Hazelden.
  • Brown, B. (2007): I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power . New York:Penguin/Gotham. [27]
  • Brown, B. (2007): Feminist Standpoint Theory . In S.P.Robbins, P.Chatterjee & E.R.Canda (Eds.), Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (Rev. ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. [27]
  • Brown, B. (2007): Shame Resilience Theory . In S.P.Robbins, P.Chatterjee & E.R.Canda (Eds.), Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (Rev. ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. [27]

Recorded talks

  • TEDxHouston 2010: "", June 2010
  • TEDxKC 2010: "", August 2010
  • TED2012: "", March 2012
  • , The UP Experience, Unique Perspectives from Unique People (2009)
  • — Brown's talk at the Royal Society of Arts (2013)