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Brenè Brown, PhD, LMSW

International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award

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Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

Dr. Brown has spent the past fourteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (Hazelden, 2010); Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012); and, Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution (Spiegel and Grau, 2015).
Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 25 million views.

Dr. Brown is also the Founder and CEO of COURAGEworks – an online learning platform that offers classes based on her research. She has most recently developed courses based on her current study of how organizations develop brave leaders and courage cultures.

Dr. Brown earned her PhD and MSW from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and completed her BSW at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.

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