Researcher and Storyteller Brené Brown Joins WorkHuman 2018


 

Emotions are an innate part of the human experience. Just because you step foot into an office or a meeting doesn’t mean you automatically let go of the emotions you carry with you outside of work. Our workplaces wouldn’t be very human if that were the case.

So how can we acknowledge and embrace even the challenging emotions – like vulnerability and shame? How can we create more human work environments that empower our people to be their true, authentic selves?

Today we are thrilled to formally announce that the expert on this subject – Dr. Brené Brown – will be a keynote speaker at WorkHuman 2018, April 3-5 in Austin, Texas.

Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past sixteen 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.” Her latest book, “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone,” will be released fall 2017.

Brown’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than 30 million views.

In addition to her research and writing, Brown is the founder and CEO of Brave Leaders Inc., an organization that brings evidence-based, courage-building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters.

One of my favorite aspects of Brown’s research is her work on what it means to live in a more joyful, and wholehearted way. The secret is practicing gratitude. In her book, “Daring Greatly,” she explains:

Research participants consistently described both joyfulness and gratitude as spiritual practices that were bound to a belief in human connectedness and a power greater than us. Their stories and descriptions expanded on this, pointing to a clear distinction between happiness and joy. Participants described happiness as an emotion that’s connected to circumstances, and they described joy as a spiritual way of engaging with the world that’s connected to practicing gratitude. While I was initially taken aback by the relationship between joy and vulnerability, it now makes perfect sense to me, and I can see why gratitude would be the antidote to foreboding joy.

Brown is also a friend of happiness researcher and three-time WorkHuman alum Shawn Achor. Check out this interview she conducted with Achor as part of her Living Brave series.

Having had the pleasure of seeing Brown speak in person at Hubspot’s 2015 INBOUND conference, I know her storytelling and research on human connection and living more bravely is the perfect addition to next year’s WorkHuman agenda.

Reserve your spot today by visiting workhuman.com and clicking “register now.”

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As Managing Editor, Sarah manages Globoforce’s blog and writes content about making work more human for people and organizations worldwide. She has a BA in English and Writing from University of Rhode Island.