Auditorium Speaker Series

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Brené Brown

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has also appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” “Super Soul Sessions,” and in Oprah magazine. The session will take place on Sunday, June 25, 8:30-9:30am, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

Brown’s reputation as a speaker is built on her ability to explore difficult topics with tremendous honesty, warmth, and humor. She is a thought-leader, researcher, and storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable change strategies. As she says, “you either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”

Brown is the Founder and CEO of both COURAGEworks–an online learning platform that offers classes for individuals and families on braver living and loving, and BRAVE LEADERS INC–an organization dedicated to providing courage-building programs for leaders at every level of an organization. In 2016, the Huffington Foundation endowed a new chair at The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work to honor the research professor.  The Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair provides annual resources for Brown’s research to attract world-class students pursuing training in Grounded Theory methodology and increase the impact of her work as more students are trained in her research on vulnerability, shame, courage and empathy. Get details and add to your schedule.


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This session is open to full conference or Sunday pass registrants of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.