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Brené Brown returning to UT Austin as visiting professor for 'Dare to Lead' program

The New York Times best-selling author graduated from UT Austin in 1995.

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A new professor is headed back to the Forty Acres.

The University of Texas at Austin announced Tuesday that New York Times best-selling author Brené Brown will be a visiting professor at the McCombs School of Business.

Brown, who graduated from UT in 1995, will be teaching a program called "Dare to Lead." If that name sounds familiar, it's because "Dare to Lead" is the title of her most recent No. 1 best-selling book that focuses on courage-building in the workplace.

The course will "implement institution-wide courage-building training based on the principles and actionable strategies" in the book, the university said. 

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“As we think about increasing our research efforts with ‘Dare to Lead’ and building more tools for teams and organizations to use as they embed courage-building skills across their cultures, I can’t think of a better partner than Texas McCombs,” said Brown. “They’re smart, innovative, and already doing important work in this area. I’m also a diehard Longhorn.”

In the next year, students, faculty and staff members will be able to participate in the "Dare to Lead" training, the university said.


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“We’re thrilled that Brené is bringing her extraordinary leadership and scholarship back to The University of Texas – where her academic career began,” said UT President Gregory Fenves. “‘Dare to Lead’ will empower individuals throughout our university community to lead with their values and make bold choices to further UT’s mission to educate and serve.”

Brown will also give the keynote address at the 2020 UT Austin commencement ceremony.

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