Do you want to become a more courageous leader – someone who can initiate difficult conversations, make the best decision even when it’s unpopular, and choose what is right over what is easy? Then join us, Julie McDonald and Lisa Graham of McDonald Graham, LLC on April 21st and 22nd, 2021 from 8:00am to 5:30pm for a two-day Dare to Lead™ workshop where we will guide you through the four skillsets identified by Dr. Brené Brown for courageous leadership:

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability
  • Living into Our Values
  • Braving Trust
  • Learning to Rise

We were selected and trained by Brené Brown as certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitators. Our Dare to Lead™ workshop scheduled for February is sold out, so we are excited to offer this session in April. This workshop will guide up to 16 leaders through the Dare to Lead™ curriculum and includes interactive exercises, vibrant, in-depth discussion, and key insights from Brené Brown’s research across a wide range of organizations. By participating in this workshop you will enhance the foundational skills that enable you to tackle the hardest parts of your role as a leader.

The cost of the two-day workshop is $2200 per participant. If you register by January 15, 2021, we will offer a $200 discount. The workshop will be in-person and we will be implementing proper safety protocols. We will reserve a large conference room for the session that will allow for social distancing. We will also comply with all recommended safety measures recommended by medical experts at the time of the session. We are RULE FOLLOWERS who will make every effort to ensure your safety and our own.

This workshop would make an excellent holiday gift to yourself — or to someone you love. And if your company is looking to spend 2020 professional development dollars before they go away, this program is great investment. Click here to register. If you can’t attend this session, but would like to be added to our Dare to Lead™ distribution list to be notified about future workshops, click here.

Our goal with this open enrollment workshop is to provide the Dare to Lead™ curriculum to individuals who do not have access to it at their organization. We will work to create a cohort that is a good blend of people from different companies, and thus, may cap the number of participants from any one organization. Additionally, if you work for a non-profit and are interested in one of the two reduced rate spots in the workshop, please reach out to Susan Andrews at

We hope you can join us as we share this groundbreaking work. If you have questions, please reach out to Susan Andrews at

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About the Dare to Lead™ program

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. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.

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.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour Dare to Lead™ program will receive a certificate of completion and are allowed to put a Dare to Lead™ Trained badge on their LinkedIn account.

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About McDonald Graham LLC

McDonald Graham, LLC is a leadership development and coaching partnership between clinical psychologist, Dr. Julie McDonald, and organizational psychologist, Dr. Lisa Graham. Together, our mission is to create space for people to do the difficult inner work that is necessary to become their best selves. We focus on enhancing skill sets that are often neglected in leadership development through the application of solid psychological principles. Whether it’s through 1:1 executive coaching or one of our coaching workshops for groups, we help professionals flourish at work and in life.

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