Dare to Lead™ Public 6 Month Training

Is your intention to develop into a more authentic, bold, and confident leader? Are you ready to experience your life, professionally and personally, in alignment with your core values?

Then you belong here.

Creating a new leadership paradigm requires an open mind, courage, and vulnerability. You must be willing to fail, make mistakes, continue to trust, and persist forward. We know the future of this new type of leadership belongs to those who dare to lead from the heart with confidence, surety, and resolve.

In this 6-month training program you will learn critical tools and language that will lead to a profound and sustainable transformational shift in your leadership, while practicing and developing these skills alongside other like-minded leaders.

Come join this community to study the researched backed skill set of courage. You will learn about leading from vulnerability with emotional intelligence, and why these are crucial for the future of leadership. You will connect deeper with your core values, and how to live them out every day.

We will explore the building blocks of trust, giving you practices toward trusting yourself and building trust with others.

You will develop resilience toward adversity and learn how to utilize your failures as stepping stones to access your inner strength and resolve.

There is a Daring Leader within all of us. We invite you to uncover and participate in this important conversation that will undeniably inspire, challenge, and create a lasting change in you toward experiencing an authentic, bold, and empowered life.



( October 2023 - March 2024)


October 20,  8am - 1pm  PST

November 3,  8am - 1pm  PST

December 8,  8am - 1pm  PST

January 12,  8am - 1pm  PST

February 9,  8am - 1pm PST

March 8,  11am - 1pm PST

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What is Dare to Lead™?


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.

Participants will engage in teachings, tools, and training designed to develop the skills of Courageous Leaders. Participants will engage in exercises and discussions as well as being supported in growing their leadership skills with courage.


The Dare to Lead ™ Training consists of 4 Courage Building Skill Sets:


1.   Rumbling with Vulnerability: What are the touch conversations you are not having?

a.  Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership
b.  Self-Awareness & Emotional Literacy
c.  Myths of Vulnerability
d.  Shame Resilience, Empathy and Self-Compassion


2.   Living into our Values – What are individual values and core values of the team?

a.  Values exercise
b.  Grounded Confidence and Rumbling Skills
c.  Engaged Feedback


3.   BRAVING Trust – What is required and necessary to develop trust?

a.  What gets in the way – Armored Leadership and Empathy misses


4.   Learning to Rise – After hard circumstances, who will you be and how you will achieve results?

Key Takeaways

➤    Confidence in your unique leadership style
➤    Ability to be courageous in the face of fears
➤    Language for communicating clearly and directly
➤    Deeper sense of self personally and professionally
➤    Identifying your strongest support system
➤    New relationship to mistakes and perceived failure
➤    Facility with shame and other tough emotions (with self and others)
➤    More access to joy
➤    A community of up to 20 other leaders to walk the path with
➤    Strong understanding of what vulnerability is, Being fully seen and heard by peers
➤    Practices and structures to leave the training with an actionable growth plan

About the facilitators

Stephanie River

Stephanie River is a Professionally Certified  Coach, and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator who was selected and trained by Brené Brown to spread the life changing work of Daring Leadership. She is an executive leadership coach, working with teams and individuals to become leaders who make an impact with open hearts, brave communication, and courageous action. Steph uses her unique skills and personal life experience to bring people together to be seen, heard, and challenged to embrace vulnerability as access to wholehearted living and leading.


Marcye Brown

Marcye Brown is a Professional Certified Coach and is Dare to Lead™ Trained. As a Career and Transformational Life Coach, Marcye supports Professionals and Leaders to create their ” Next Chapter ” after life changing events have found them at a crossroads in their professional and/or personal lives. Through her training and lived experiences (career transitions, marriage, divorce, parenthood, empty nester, and cancer survivor), she understands her client’s resistance when facing the barriers of fear, self-doubt, and indecisiveness toward moving forward. 


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Who is this training for?

Coaches, Entrepreneurs, Team/Organization Leaders who want to develop the language and skillset of daring leadership.

They desire to learn in a group environment of other professionals they can lean on for support throughout the 6 month container

What do I receive at the end of the training?

You will receive a Dare to Lead™ Trained Certificate and Linked in Badge

What is the difference between CDTLF and DTL Trained?

A Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator is trained and licensed by Brené Brown Education and Research Group to lead the Dare to Lead™ curriculum to  organizations and individuals awarding them a Dare to Lead ™ Trained Certificate. BBERG team is not certifying any more facilitators at this time.

Dare to Lead™ Trained is a distinction for anyone who has gone through the full 24 hour curriculum with a Certified Dare to Lead ™ Facilitator. They have an in depth knowledge and practical application of daring leadership and the skillsets of courage. With this distinction you can support your own teams, clients, and community with what you’ve learned.

How can I use this in coaching or leading?

As a Dare to Lead™ Trained leader you are able to guide your own teams, clients, or community through any part of what you’ve learned with the support and supplement of the Dare to Lead Book, Podcast, or other free resources and worksheets found on

You cannot reproduce any of the materials from the training workbook. You cannot host your own Dare to Lead ™ training or workshops for the public.

You cannot advertise yourself as affiliated with Brené Brown, except for the Dare to Lead ™ Trained badge.

What if I have to miss a training day?

If you have to miss a training day and still want the 24 hour trained distinction you will need to hire Stephanie to make up the hours that you missed at $250/hour. This is a great option if you’re interested in doing the 6 month container, but know in advance that you will have to miss a few hours on one of the training days. You will get to work through the piece you miss 1-1 with Stephanie.


What others are saying

“The Dare to Lead training was nothing short of spectacular. They created a container that allowed our group to open up vulnerably and practice the tools in real time. In four short days, I learned about my personal triggers and gained awareness of my underutilized superpowers. As a leader and coach, I gained practices and approaches to take my clients and team deeper in a more meaningful way. I would recommend the Dare to Lead training to any coach or leader who is looking to develop themselves and those they serve.”

- Sebastian Little

“The Dare to Lead training has made a huge difference in the way I lead and coach. The content speaks to so much of what I already know in my heart to be true - that vulnerability and trust are key to building great relationships and great teams - but it gave me the tools and the language to put these abstract qualities into clear, repeatable behaviors. For me, this training is the key link between ontological and facilitative coaching - it helps me, my teams, and my clients put our values into action.”

- Katherine Folk-Sullivan

“I entered the DTL training after reading Brené Brown’s books, listening to the podcasts, TED talks, videos, etc. The training added a much deeper layer of understanding of the material through a combination of exercises and practice in the moment. They created an environment where it felt natural to step into the work vs. just trying to observe it. They transitioned from theory to facilitation, to gentle and powerful nudges to go further, and when there was an opportunity, also provided coaching. I started the training with some understanding of the concepts and left with the desire and confidence to implement them.”

- DD

“I have read all of Brene Brown’s books, but being able to walk through the material in a safe, and empowering environment with Steph, really brought the work into focus. It was truly meaningful to go through the training in a group setting, allowing everyone to experience the power of the work in real time. Best of all, I came away with tangible tools that I have been able to put directly into practice, both in my personal, and professional relationships. This work is ongoing, but Steph’s education, and support have given me the  confidence to really embody the material.”

- Administrative Leader

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If you have any other questions please contact Stephanie River ([email protected]) or Marcye Brown ([email protected])