Brown at the Texas Conference for Women (2012)
November 18, 1965 |
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse||Steve Alley (m. 1994)|
Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965) is an American scholar, author, and public speaker, who is currently a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Over the last twelve years she has been involved in research on a range of topics, including vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Daring Greatly (2012). She and her work have been featured on PBS, NPR, TED, and CNN.
Early life and education
Brown was born in San Antonio, Texas and spent a formative period in New Orleans, Louisiana. Brown was baptized in the Episcopal church and then later brought up Catholic. 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 Ph.D. from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston in 2002.
Brown began her career as a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her research focuses on authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations. She presented a 2012 TED talk and two 2010 TEDx talks.
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), and Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (Gotham, 2012). Her articles have appeared in many national newspapers.
Brené Brown was asked to speak at a Ted Talks conference in June 2010. In this talk she speaks of vulnerability and how it is the “core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness but it appears that it is also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of love”.  She explains that the world we live in is full of vulnerability and to cope with it we numb it. The numbing process is done by indulging in food, alcohol or medications along with anything else that gives someone comfort when they feel vulnerable. But what we don’t realize is that we are not just numbing the feeling of vulnerability we are numbing all the feelings of joy, creativity, love, hope and happiness.
In March 2013, she appeared on Super Soul Sunday talking with Oprah Winfrey about her new book, Daring Greatly. 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.
Brown is the CEO and Chief Learning Officer for The Daring Way, a training and certification program for helping professionals who want to facilitate her work on vulnerability, courage and worthiness.
Honors and awards
Houston Woman Magazine voted Brown one of the Houston's most influential women of 2009. Her 2010 TED Talk is one of the most watched talks on the Ted.com website. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Graduate College of Social Work's Outstanding Faculty Award.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- TEDxHouston 2010: "The Power of Vulnerability", June 2010
- TEDxKC 2010: "The Price of Invulnerability", August 2010
- TED2012: "Listening to Shame", March 2012
- Speaker, The UP Experience, Unique Perspectives from Unique People (2009)
- "The Power of Vulnerability" — Brown's talk at the Royal Society of Arts (2013)
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- "Up to Date - TEDxKC - Brene Brown on Shame, Anxiety, and Social Behavior". archive.kcur.org. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
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- "Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
- Brown, Brené (2010). The Gifts of Imperfection. Center City, Minnesota: Hazelden. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-59285-849-1.
- "Tiptoeing Out of One’s Comfort Zone (and of Course, Back In)". Interview with Brown, New York Times February 11, 2011.
- "TEDxHouston - 2010 Speakers". tedxhouston.com. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
- TEDx talk: The Power of Vulnerability – Brené Brown, June 2010
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- Brené Brown's Biography
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- TEDx talk: The Power of Vulnerability – Brené Brown, June 2010
- "Coming Up Sunday: Dr. Brené Brown on Daring Greatly". OWN. 2013-11-03.
- Schawbel, Dan (2013-04-21). "Brene Brown: How Vulnerability Can Make Our Lives Better". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
- Houston's 50 Most Influential Women for 2009 , Houston Women's Magazine Archived April 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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- Brown, B. (2008). Profile
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