Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.


Brené 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 two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly list.


The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. As a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, I  focus on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings and coaching to help individuals, teams and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.  The full 16-hour curriculum can be delivered to teams in retreat format or over 4-5 weekly sessions. The content can also be tailored to the unique needs of individuals and teams, and offered in shorter workshops or one-to-one coaching sessions.

Contact me if you are interested in a presentation or workshop, or for more information and pricing. Non-profit rates are available upon request for qualifying organizations.

What People Are Saying

- Workshop participant, Episcopal Diocese of NC
"Susan does a wonderful job of creating an environment of safety and trust for discussing topics that aren’t always easy. She is very approachable and professional (not always and easy combination). Our time with her flowed very smoothly, stayed on track, and left me feeling enriched for having spent the time."


- Coaching client, Vanderbilt University Director
"Susan did a masterful job of eliciting details about our workplace and its challenges, and she was able to use those to breathe life into the Dare to Lead material, making it more applicable to our workplace and our specific growth edges. The hands-on experiential pieces were the best (and hardest!) part. Susan was profoundly respectful of the vulnerability we demonstrated, which created the sense of safety necessary for growth."


- Workshop participants, Asheville City Schools

“She did a fabulous job facilitating the discussions and helping us connect the dots. She was able to get all of the content into two jam-packed days as well in an efficient manner!”

“Susan was great. I appreciate her pre-planning research and responsiveness to the needs of our group.”

- Coaching client, Duke University Director

“(Susan) is thoughtful, knowledgeable, compassionate, and truly lives and breathes what is in the curriculum. I do not have enough words to express my gratitude to her and Brené Brown for bringing this life-changing work into my life. It is transformative.