Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Endowed Chair in the Graduate School of Social Work. Brown is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
She has spent the last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy; is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of six books; and is the host of the weekly podcast Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead on Spotify.
Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages and her titles include Atlas of the Heart, I Thought It Only Happened to Me, The Gifts of Imperfection, Stronger Than Ever, among others. With Tarana Burke, she co-edited the anthology You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.
Her talk "The Power of Vulnerability" is one of the top 5 most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a recorded class on Netflix, The Call to Courage, which premiered on the platform in April 2019.
Brown lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.