Brene Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a writer, researcher,
and educator. She is a member of the research faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past ten years studying connection--specifically authenticity, belonging, and shame, and the effect these powerful emotions have on the way we live, love, parent, work, and build relationships. Brown is the author of
I Thought It Was Just Me (But it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power, Brown's best-selling book that shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.
New York Times Best-Seller!
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, an interactive guide that--through stories, meditations, and creative activities--helps us embrace our flaws and live an authentic life.
Brown's work has been featured on PBS and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and has appeared in Self magazine, Elle magazine and many national newspapers. She teaches graduate courses on shame and empathy, global justice, qualitative research, and women's issues. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the college's Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2008, Brown was named Behavioral Health Scholar-in-Residence at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs in Houston. She also serves on the working board of The Nobel Women's Peace and Justice Initiative established in 2006 by six Nobel Peace Laureates to help strengthen work being done in support of women’s rights around the world.
Her latest work focuses on the importance of nurturing authenticity, love and belonging, and a resilient spirit in our families, schools, and communities. Visit her popular blog at: www.brenebrown.com.
Brown lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two young children, Ellen and Charlie.