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Brené Brown

Brené Brown

She's a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair. She is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She's spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She's the author of five #1 New York Times best sellers, and she's the host of the weekly Spotify Original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.

The bottom line: She believes that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore…embrace the suck. She tries to be grateful every day, and her motto right now is “Courage over comfort.”

She does NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And she absolutely believes that the passing lane is for passing only. She's been married to Steve for almost 25 years, and they have two amazing kids, Ellen and Charlie, and a weird bichon named Lucy.