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 lists.

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. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 24-hour Dare to Lead™ program will receive a certificate of completion and are allowed to put the Dare to Lead™ Trained badge on their LinkedIn account. 

More information about Dr. Brené Brown and the program can be found here.

Bring Dare to Lead™ to your organization!

Dare to Lead training is led by Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator Sarah Madras, MSW, LCSW, CDTLF. Partner with us to bring this training to your organization to support leadership development among staff and faculty for a discounted rate. 

Upcoming Dare to Lead™ Offerings

Fall 2022 Dare to Lead™ Training

Presented by Sarah Madras, MSW, LCSW, CDTLF

Tuesdays, September 27th- December 13th, 2022*
9am-11am PT/ 11am- 1pm CT/ 12pm-2pm ET

When attended in full, this program offers 24 CEs for Psychologists, 24 IL CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers, 24 CA BBS CEUs for Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, 24 SHRM PDCs for Human Resource Professionals, or 24 NASP CPDs for School Psychologists. 

In addition to continuing education, this program, when attended in full, offers a Dare to Lead™ Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

The Dare to Lead™ training program is divided into four learning modules: Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living Into Your Values, BRAVING Trust, & Learning to Rise. After attending this program participants will be able to:

  • Face risk, uncertainty, and tough conversations with courage, confidence, clarity, and empathy.
  • Identify what you stand for, how to make aligned decisions, and how to show up from a place of integrity every day.
  • Identify and understand what others stand for and utilize that understanding for connection and problem solving.
  • Discover the 7 actionable, observable, and measurable components of trust.
  • Discover how to operationalize trust to build meaningful and authentic connections with your teams, colleagues, and
    customers so you can work together from a foundation of trust.
  • Become aware of, accurately identify, and bravely move through your emotions and stories.
  • Learn how to show up and lead with courage – even when faced with failure, disappointment, and setbacks.

Workshop Pricing:

General Admission: 1,500.00 USD 
Groups of 10+: 1,350.00 USD/participant*  (email for group discount information)

All materials (including the updated Dare to Lead™ Workbook with new material and content from Brené Brown Education and Research Group) are included in the cost of the workshop.

Part 1: Rumbling with Vulnerability


In the first part of this program, participants will learn how to face risk, uncertainty, and tough conversations through courage, clarity, and empathy. Participants will discuss vulnerability and the role of empathy and self-compassion in leadership. Additionally, this presentation will highlight how risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure are important parts of leadership.


Participants will be able to…

Use courage, confidence and clarity when facing risk and uncertainty

Show empathy in tough conversations

Engage and lead confidently in tough conversations

Identify how risk and uncertainty are important in leadership

Part 2: Living Into Your Values


The second part of this series will focus on the role personal values play in leadership and the importance of engaging feedback. Participants will identify their own personal values and discuss how to use their values to lead from a place of integrity. This program will lead participants in how to use their values to create behaviors of a leader. Additionally, participants will discuss the importance of engaging feedback and the language and tools needed to be effective in the feedback cycle including the ability to recognize defensiveness in feedback conversations.


Participants will be able to…

 Identify their personal values

           Make aligned decisions based on values

         Give engaging feedback

          Recognize defensiveness in feedback conversations

Part 3: Braving Trust 


In the third part of this series participants will learn to build meaningful and authentic connections within their networks and teams. Participants will discuss the methods leaders use to build a foundation of trust with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders. Participants will learn about the anatomy of trust and psychological safety and the role of boundaries, integrity, and generosity. Additionally, participants will discuss how to build trust with themselves, others, and teams.



Participants will be able to…

           Build connections with others

           Describe the seven actionable, observable, and measurable components of trust

     Use connections with others to build trust among diverse groups

Identify the value systems of other

Part 4: Learning to Rise


In the fourth and final component of this program, participants will learn to become aware of their emotions and stories and use them to lead with courage. Participants will discuss the role of failure, disappointment, and setback and how they can use these to become a better leader. Topics will include emotional snags, methods to offload hurt, and ways to move forward in the face of setbacks. Additionally, participants will learn strategies for working with different emotions and ways to rewrite the ending of their personal stories.



Participants will be able to…

     Recognize different emotions and their roles within personal leadership development

       Use strategies to move through failures, setbacks, and disappointments


          Identify methods of offloading hurt