Train to Become
a Dare to Lead Facilitator

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The Dare to Lead Facilitator Certification Program is an empirically based training and certification program for leadership and organizational development professionals, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

The focus of our training and certification program is courage-building. Specifically, we train facilitators how to teach the skills, practices, and tools that underpin the four skill sets of courage: Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living into Our Values, Braving Trust, and Learning to Rise.

Once certified, you can bring the Dare to Lead courage-building process into your existing work with individuals, teams, and organizations, as well as offer workshops, trainings, and coaching. You will also be part of a wholehearted community of brave professionals who learn from each other and share best practices.

Because this is an empirically based program, ongoing evaluation of your work is required. We will provide all instruments and analysis, and share the feedback directly with you.

We’re here to make the world a braver place. Join us! Courage is contagious.

At a glance

2019 Dare to Lead Facilitator Trainings

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Attend one of the three trainings below:


1. March 27-29, 2019
2. September 18-20, 2019
3. November 13-15, 2019


Day 1
Registration from 7:45am – 8:45am
9am – 6pm
Day 2
9am – 6pm
Day 3
9am – 12pm
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided each day.
The 2019 trainings will be led by Dr. Brené Brown.


Applications for 2019 trainings are now open.

In order to build a community of professionals with diverse approaches to leadership work, our eligibility criteria (see below) evaluates several variables including educational background, training and certifications, and work experience. We are committed to creating a community of facilitators that reflect diverse industries, communities, and practice expertise.

Important: You must be covered by professional liability insurance and meet one of the three eligibility criteria to be accepted into our certification program. You will be asked to provide proof of insurance and eligibility details in your application.


Our mission at Brené Brown Education and Research Group and at Daring Education (our nonprofit) is straight-forward, audacious, and, we believe, attainable: We want to make the world a braver place.

We’re tackling this mission by sharing our research on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy through as many outlets as possible, including books, articles, videos, podcasts, social media, blog posts, and speaking events. We’re also developing and delivering accessible and empirically based courage-building programs.

Across our programs, we recognize organizations and individuals who are committed to bringing the work to underserved communities. We call these change makers, culture shifters, and light bearers who are working in nonprofits, NGOs, and public education systems Courage Catalysts.

We are holding 20% of the 2019 Dare to Lead Facilitator Certification Program seats for Courage Catalysts. To be considered for this designation, you must meet the eligibility criteria, and you must work in a nonprofit (or NGO), in the public education system, or exclusively serve these communities through your practice.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Graduate degree in leadership and organizational development, industrial and organizational psychology, or related field
  2. Minimum of five years of experience in leadership and organizational development work
    Minimum of 500 paid hours in leadership coaching work with a minimum of 20 clients
  3. Minimum of 125 hours of certification or training in leadership and organizational development and/or leadership coaching

If you meet one of the criteria, you are eligible for certification. The Dare to Lead team will review evaluation data from the first 12 months of your work before you can appear on our online referral network.

If you meet more than one of the criteria, you are eligible for our certification program and you will have the option to immediately appear on our online referral network upon successful completion of our training.

We define leadership and organizational development work as:

Supporting others in building skills, making changes, and reaching goals related to leadership and organizational development and performance. The primary focus is on dimensions of leadership effectiveness within the organizational setting such as workplace relationships, talent development, emotional intelligence, team collaboration, optimizing strengths, culture change, and/or organizational development through alignment of values, strategy, structure, systems, and people.


Daring Education, our nonprofit, offers two programs: The Daring Way and Daring Classrooms.

The Daring Way launched in 2013 and is an empirically based training and certification program for helping professionals.

Daring Classrooms is launching in the 1st quarter of 2019 and will offer two programs:

  1. An online Dare to Lead Teacher Certification Course for K-12 teachers (six hours of online videos, broken into 20 to 30-minute modules). This is a companion to the Dare to Lead book and can be taken individually, in teams, in grade-level groups, or as an entire faculty. Passing the certification exam will require participants to complete the course and understand all of the concepts in Dare to Lead, including those not covered in the online course.
  2. A 2.5 day in-person Teacher Trainer Certification Course for schools and school districts who want to train their trainers to facilitate our Dare to Lead Teacher Certification Course with K-12 teachers within their organizations.

If you are interested in learning more once the Daring Classrooms programs are available, please join our interest list.

If you are a leadership and organizational development professional who works internally or externally with school administrators only, we suggest you attend the Dare to Lead Facilitator Certification program training.

Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator Curriculum
and Program Materials

Upon successful completion of the training program, you will have access to:

  • Certified Dare to Lead facilitator guide
  • Facilitator workbooks for your participants
  • Marketing assets and brand guide