Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. The author of three #1 New York Times best-sellers, she has spent the past 14 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. Brené is also the founder and CEO of COURAGEworks – an online learning platform, developed in partnership with OWN, offering classes based on her groundbreaking research.
“I have found that the most difficult and most rewarding challenge of my work is how to be both a mapmaker and a traveler,” Brené says. “My maps or theories have not been drawn from the experiences of my own travels, but from the data I’ve collected over the past dozen years from the experiences of thousands of men and women who are forging paths in the direction that I, and many others, want to take our lives. During this time, I’ve learned that a surefooted and confident mapmaker does not a swift traveler make. I stumble and fall, and I constantly find myself needing to change course. It’s by no means an easy journey but for me it’s been worth every step.”
Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.