Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/20/2017


Amy McGuigan

Conference Manager

Conference Services

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 to increase the impact of her work as more students are trained in her research on vulnerability, shame, courage and empathy.

Her appearance at the conference is sponsored by Penguin Random House.

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