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

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead. Brené hosts the Unlocking Us Podcast and the Dare to Lead Podcast. Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service in April 2019.

Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.

Alison was selected (after a rigorous application process!) to fly to Texas and train under Dr. Brené Brown in November 2019. To this day, Alison says that meeting Brené and immersing herself in her fascinating research with a cohort of incredible minds from around the world, was one of the biggest highlights of her career. Alison is now part of an exclusive group of around 1,000 Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitators globally – a badge of honour that she wears with gratitude and pride.

Oh absolutely! In fact, feedback from participants in the virtual training leads us to believe that the experience might even be more transformational. Maybe it’s a combination of the hours of planning and preparation Alison puts into the virtual facilitation process to ensure the experience is engaging and memorable (the camera set up looks like a movie set!) and that people feel comfortable sharing whilst in the comfort of their own home? Either way, you are guaranteed a transformational experience. People who opt in for the In Person training will also experience virtual facilitation, as the Welcome & Introduction as well as the Integration & Wrap Up sessions are always virtual, it’s just the Training component that’s In Person.

One of the most magical things about the Dare to Lead™ training, is that participants get to view ‘never seen before’ videos of Brené, specifically created for the training, that aren’t accessible anywhere else. Brené’s powerful presence floods into the room with her memorable stories, research explanations and insightful ‘aha’ moments – it’s almost feels like she is co-facilitating the training with Alison.

To be eligible to receive your Dare to Lead ™ Trained Badge, you will be required to complete four (4) hours of pre-work. Approximately 3 weeks from your Program commencing, Alison will provide you with a ‘Pre-work Checklist’ designed to prepare you for the training and give you the opportunity to get the most out of your learning experience. The checklist is sent as a Google doc and made up of a powerful combination of reading articles, watching videos, listening to podcasts and doing some personal reflection activities.

Yes! To be fully accredited as Dare to Lead™ trained, you will have to complete 24 hours. Alison has broken the 24 hours into 4 components: Pre-work (4 hrs), Welcome & Introduction (3 hrs), Training (14 hrs) and Integration & Wrap Up (3 hrs) – you can see the homepage for more information.

Alison’s hope is that on a personal note, you will use your learning’s in your everyday life – from how you show up every day, to how you parent, to how you have those difficult conversations, to how you lead teams. On a personal note, you are encouraged to integrate the Dare to Lead ™ concepts and frameworks into your everyday life, you are not permitted however, to share any of Brené’s videos that you see in the training.

Yes. You will receive a certificate to say you are Dare to Lead ™ trained. You are also provided a Brené Brown Research and Education Group (BBEARG) LinkedIn Badge to add to your LinkedIn profile.

No; however Alison invites and encourages all her Dare to Lead™ alumni to engage in her free-of-charge Courageous Cultures webinars; facilitated once a quarter exclusively for all her Dare to Lead™ alumni, these 60 minute ‘super-sessions’ are jam packed with Brené’s latest learning/ research, case studies and sharing of integration successes within the community. These free webinars are designed to inspire, engage, extend and motivate your courageous learning journey and keep the alumni connected.