Dare to Lead™ Training for Leaders & Teams

This can be both awesome and terrifying.

People know their company through their relationship with their immediate boss. Whether you have one employee or hundreds, the call to bring your full self to your work as a leader is both urgent and critical. In order to create courageous workplaces of tomorrow where people can bring their full selves to work, leaders at every level need to up their game.

In June of 2019, Pam Ryan was selected to be among approximately 600 global representatives trained and certified directly by Dr. Brené Brown in support of cascading the Dare to Lead™ work into organizations. 

She was honored to be among certified facilitators who are not only deeply versed in this work, but come vetted with a wealth of knowledge in organizational development and leadership practices. 

Below, you will find a number of offerings available for individuals, teams and organizations who wish to dive more deeply into this groundbreaking work.

New to Brené Brown and her work?  Ways to familiarize yourself follows.  

Upcoming Events

better³ offers several ways to interact with the work of Brené Brown depending on your investment in time, talent and treasure.

Dare to Lead™ Workshops

Bring cutting edge leadership training to your organization.

Dare to Lead™ is an interactive, engaging, and potent workshop that invites participants to deepen their ability to move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

This multi-day experience is based on the most significant findings from Dr. Brené Brown’s latest research which points to a collection of four teachable, measurable, and observable skill sets of courage building.

Dare to Lead™ Courageous Leaders Workshop

Join us for a special Dare to Lead™ workshop exclusively for educators!

Make 2021 the year you invest in your school culture, your teachers and your entire community.

Together we’ll dive into the challenges of leading young people who come to us heavy and armored up from life, mental health struggles, and desperate for a safe space to explore their social and emotional selves.

Dare to Lead™ Reframing Leadership During Uncertainty

Inclusive Leadership Master Class

With crisis comes opportunity. Leading in a pandemic brings a constant state of uncertainty, risk and emotional unbalance for all of us. A need to ensure our organizations are places where people feel seen, heard and valued for their diverse experiences, thinking, and backgrounds has never been so critical.  

Spend 4 months with brave leaders from across all industries and gain critical, meaningful skills to feel equipped to lead in a changing world.

New to Brené?

The official line on Brené:

Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. She is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She’s spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising StrongBraving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. Her most recent book was released in October 2018 and is the culmination of a seven-year study on the future of leadership.

Brené’s bottom line: Brené believes that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck. She tries to be grateful every day and her motto right now is “Courage over comfort.” She does NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, she absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only. She’s been married to Steve for almost 25 years and has two amazing kids, Ellen and Charlie, and a weird Bichon named Lucy.

Choose your preferred method of familiarizing yourself with the work of Dr. Brené Brown:  

Tarana Burke has been working at the intersection of racial justice and gender equity for nearly three decades, and she started the “Me Too” Movement in 2006.  In 2017, when the #metoo hashtag went viral, Tarana emerged as a global leader in the evolving conversation around sexual violence.

In this episode they talk about how Tarana’s theory of “empowerment through empathy” is changing the way the world thinks and talks about sexual violence, consent, and social justice. Plus they also talk/cry/laugh about falling in love, running as fast as they can from love, and the perils of sharing a bathroom with the guys they love.

Today’s Under The Skin podcast with the incredible Brené Brown! Author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, 40 million views on her TedTalk and her new Netflix special “The Call To Courage” is phenomenal.

Dr. Marc Brackett has dedicated his life to studying emotions and to teaching us what he’s learning. In this episode, they talk about how emotional literacy – being able to recognize, name, and understand our feelings – affects everything from learning, decision making, and creativity, to relationships, health, and performance.

In a poignant, funny talk, Brené shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

In a live appearance at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Brené discusses the fundamentals of trust. Brené explains how she was moved to focus on the topic after watching her daughter struggle with a betrayal of trust. Brené says she eventually found a way to teach her daughter to build trust and identify the people in her life who deserve it. She also explains why gossip harms relationships more than we realize and creates an intimacy that isn’t real.

Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people–from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents–shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

In hardcover for the first time, this tenth-anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new foreword and brand-new tools to make the work your own.

For over a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what’s now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold more than two million copies in thirty-five different languages across the globe.

What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way.

Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”