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Brené Brown Research Storyteller icon
Researcher. Storyteller. Texan.

The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair. I am also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. I’ve spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, I’m the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, and I’m the host of the weekly Spotify Original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.

My books include Dare to Lead, Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Most recently I collaborated with Tarana Burke to co-edit You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.

The bottom line: I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck. I try to be grateful every day, and my motto right now is “Courage over comfort.” I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only. I’ve been married to Steve for almost 25 years, and we have two amazing kids, Ellen and Charlie, and a weird Bichon named Lucy.

Official bio here.

My Story

Brené born as a baby in the arms of her mom and dad.
Born in San Antonio, Texas. Thought my name was French until I hitchhiked through Europe after high school and no one in France understood my name. They called me Pamela (from the show Dallas). Sigh.
Brené and Eleanor riding bikes as kids.
Our first BFF is our first true love. Mine was Eleanor. Living in New Orleans!
Sibling photo as kids sitting on a gold sofa.
Oldest of four. Classic over-functioner. Love my brother and sisters!
Brené high school photo
Graduated from high school. 
Brené with short hair and big hoop earrings
No comment.
Brené with big hair in 1986
Discover Shaper spray. The higher the hair, the closer to God.
Brené and Steve when they first met in 1987
Met Steve. Worked nights for AT&T taking customer service calls. In Spanish. 
Brené and Steve holding hands on their wedding day.
Steve and I date off/on for 7 years and get married! 
Brené after her graduation from UT with Steve.
The 12-year plan pays off! I graduate from UT Austin with my BSW. 
Closeup of Brené and Steve in 1996
We move from San Antonio to Houston. I get my MSW from UH and Steve starts pediatric residency.
Ellen as a baby
Ellen is born! Heart grows 2 sizes.
Brené as a professor at UH during graduation.
I finish my Ph.D. and become a professor at UH. Hooding one of my favorite grad students!
Ellen making magic dressed as a fairy.
Ellen keeps making magic.
Cover of Women and Shame
Finish my first book on shame. Can’t get an agent or a publisher so I borrow money and self-publish.
Ellen holding Charlie as a newborn.
Charlie is born! Heart grows 2 more sizes.
Steve holding Charlie as a toddler in 2006.
My guys.
I Thought It Was Just Me book cover
Penguin buys the self-published book, “Women and Shame” and republishes as “I Thought It Was Just Me.”
Young Charlie with a red cowboy hat on.
Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. 
Brené during her Houston Ted Talk
I give the TedXHouston talk on vulnerability and The Gifts of Imperfection comes out.
Group photo with Daring Greatly shirts on celebrating the books release.
2012 Daring Greatly comes out. This is my amazing class of graduate social workers at UH!
Brené on stage - TED Talk
We launch The Daring Way and I give the TED talk on shame.  
Group photo of the BBEARG team wearing matching Rising Strong shirts to celebrate the books Release.
Rising Strong is released and COURAGEworks is launched.
Brave Leaders Inc logo
I spend most of my time doing leadership development and culture change work. We pilot Brave Leaders Inc.
Braving the Wilderness manuscript on a wood table
Ellen leaves for college, Charlie starts 6th grade, Braving the Wilderness launches and we open The Marble Jar. 
Dare to Lead book by Brené Brown on wood table.
Dare to Lead launches along with the hub and ranks #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, Publishers Weekly, and The Wall Street Journal. Yee. Haw.
Brené in Times Square with The Call to Courage billboard
Researcher/storyteller doing some trailblazing on Netflix with The Call to Courage.
Brené Recording Unlocking Us Podcast
The Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead Podcasts launch! Socially distanced but socially connected.
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