Brené Brown

Brené Brown

Formal First Name
Casandra Brené (Brené)
11/18/1965 - present

Brené Brown is a well-known lecturer and author who has spent more than 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She spent the first five years of her study focusing on shame and empathy and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. Her current research focuses on authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Professional Experience

Academic History



  • Licensed Master Social Worker - Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
  • Mediation Certification - Dispute Resolution Center


  • Advocacy Based Social Work Research
  • Critical Issues in Political Social Work
  • Feminist Practice
  • Global Justice: Problems, Patterns, and Perspectives
  • Nonprofit Fiscal Management and Budgeting (Distance Education Instructional Television) Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • Women’s Issues


  • Brown is the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix; Brené Brown: The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service in April 2019.
  • 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. 
  • Her client list includes Google, US Air Force, Slack, Pixar, MD Anderson Cancer Network, Salesforce, Microsoft, Nutanix, Shell Oil, IBM,  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LinkedIn, Stella + Dot, Ford.