Brené Brown discusses ‘More Brave, Less Perfect’ Feb. 14

Brené Brown

Brené Brown, a researcher and storyteller, will deliver a talk titled “More Brave, Less Perfect: Creating a Culture of Courage at Vanderbilt” beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music. The event will support the launch of a new campus-wide initiative, the Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project.

Tickets are free for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff and are available at the Sarratt Student Center box office.

The Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project aims to create a campus culture where students can celebrate their successes and their failures. It seeks to bring awareness of failures and setbacks as a healthy part of every student’s college experience and life after Vanderbilt. The [IM]Perfection Project wants to foster a Vanderbilt community where students can bravely share their stories of “good failures” as well as their journeys of self-acceptance.

Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Brown also is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. She is the founder and CEO of The Daring Way and COURAGEworks, an online learning community that offers eCourses and workshops. Brown’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” has more than 25 million views.

The talk is being sponsored by the Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project and co-sponsored by Project Dialogue, The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Blair School of Music, the Office of Housing and Residential Education, and the Department of Athletics.

The event will be followed by a student “speak-out” panel at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Kissam Center, Room C216. Learn more about the panel event on its Facebook page.

Contact: Alexandra Hollifield, (615) 322-7899