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Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She also holds the position of visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

Brené has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is the author of six #1 New York Times bestsellers and is the host of two award-winning podcasts, Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.

Brené’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and her titles include Atlas of the HeartDare to Lead, Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. With Tarana Burke, she co-edited the bestselling anthology You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.

Brené’s TED talk on the Power of Vulnerability is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world, with over 60 million views. Brené is the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix, and in March 2022, she launched a new show on HBO Max that focuses on her latest book, Atlas of the Heart.

Brené spends most of her time working in organizations around the world, helping develop braver leaders and more courageous cultures.

She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie, and a weird Bichon named Lucy.


Brené Brown: Hi, everyone. I’m Brené Brown, and this is Unlocking Us. I fell in love with podcasting back in 2008. It was intimate, raw, and most importantly, it gave me a way to connect directly with you. In 2020, I launched Unlocking Us, and for two years, we walked through some very, very tough times together. We laughed, cried, I cussed too much, we fell down. If it was my sister’s falling, I laughed a lot. We got back up, partially, and we’re here. And after taking a year hiatus, Unlocking Us is back. I’ve missed y’all and I’ve missed the conversations.

BB: Together we’re going to explore ideas, stories, experiences, research, books, films, music, anything that reflects the universal experiences of being human, from the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted.

BB: Together we can explore ideas, stories, experiences, research, books, films, music. Anything that reflects the universal experiences of being human. From the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted.

BB: Some episodes will be conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, maybe even ticking me off a little bit. And some days I’ll just talk to you directly about what I’m learning and how it’s changing the way I think and the way I feel.

BB: We’re going to do three- or four-part series every quarter, so about 12 to 15 episodes a year, and they’ll drop on Wednesdays. And now you can find me wherever you normally listen to your podcasts.

BB: Here’s the thing that hasn’t changed about my work. I want to live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and more heart. And that requires conversations that help us learn, grow, challenge what we think we know about ourselves, about each other, and about this world. Subscribe now, invite your friends, and as always, stay awkward, brave, and kind.

© 2024 Brené Brown Education and Research Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Brown, B. (Host). (2024, February 14). Unlocking Us is Back. [Audio podcast episode]. In Unlocking Us with Brené Brown. Vox Media Podcast Network.

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