Melissa Carroll

UH's Brené Brown to Speak at Inaugural Social Work Scholarship Luncheon, May 8 New York Times Best-selling Author to Discuss New Book, ‘Daring Greatly’

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April 19, 2013-Houston-

Brené Brown will be the featured speaker at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) inaugural scholarship luncheon, “Daring to Soar,” at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Houston Country Club.  Brown

For more than a decade, Brown has been researching and writing about shame, vulnerability, courage and compassion in her role as a research professor at the UH GCSW.  Her latest milestone was a two-episode appearance with celebrated talk show host Oprah Winfrey to discuss Brown’s new book, “Daring Greatly,” which made its way onto the New York Times bestseller list.

During her conversation with Oprah, she explained how what may appear to be our greatest weaknesses may also prove to be our greatest strengths. Brown focused on the insidious power of shame and the adverse role it plays in people’s everyday lives. She offered tangible advice on how to conquer shame, to embrace vulnerability and to live with a whole heart.

Brown’s appearance on the two-part series, “Super Soul Sundays,” follows her appearances at the TED and TEDx conferences in 2010 and 2012, which garnered national attention.  She is also the author of “The Gifts of Imperfection” and “I Thought It Was Just Me.”

Even as her national exposure as a writer, speaker and celebrity grows, Brown – who earned her master’s and her doctorate at the UH GCSW – continues to enjoy her role as an educator at UH.

“When I try to figure out what is at the heart of what I do, I think the bottom line is that I am a teacher,” she said. “That is where I am the most comfortable. That is where I am the happiest. That is where I feel the most alive and connected.”

Funds raised from the luncheon will provide scholarships for UH GCSW students.  The program is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon presentation and book signing to follow. Individual tickets start at $150 per person. For more information, call Connie Lloyd at 713-743-3599.


University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon, "Daring to Soar," featuring Brene Brown.


11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 8

A book signing will follow the event.

WHERE: Houston Country Club

One Potomac Drive, Houston, TX 77507


The event is open to the public.

To register online, visit 

or call Connie Loyd at (713) 743-3599.

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