Cultivating Courage

Courage. Shame. Vulnerability. Worthiness.

These are the foundational blocks of Dr. Brené Brown’s work and the necessary ingredients for the truly brave. As a certified facilitator of Dr. Brown’s work, I offer transformative workshops, from one-hour to multi-day sessions, awakening you to what’s possible as you develop your courage muscle.

Dare to Lead™

The full Dare to Lead™ curriculum is 16 hours total. The workshop includes proprietary workbooks for each participant and video clips hosted by Brené Brown. This courage-building program focuses on the following key concepts:

  • Courage is a collection of four skill sets that are measurable, observable, and teachable
  • Vulnerability (uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure) is the foundational skill set of courage
  • Self-awareness, empathy, and emotional literacy play critical roles in daring leadership
  • Showing up for hard conversations, including giving and receiving feedback, is fundamental to courageous leadership
  • Shame, scarcity, and comparison occur in the workplace and affect engagement, trust and connection

Read my book reviews of three of Brené Brown’s #1 NYT bestsellers:

The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), Daring Greatly (2012), and Rising Strong (2015).

About The Daring Way™

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings.

During the process facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

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About Rising Strong™

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

Here’s how Brené describes the progression of her work:

The Gifts of Imperfection – Be you.

Daring Greatly – Be all in.

Rising Strong – Fall. Get up. Try again.



Watch “The Power of Vulnerability”
Brené Brown’s 2010 TED talk with more than 27 million views.

“We need to have honest conversations about what it takes to bring our best, most authentic selves to work, and how to effectively encourage our colleagues to do the same. We need to understand the human side of cultivating an organizational culture where people feel inspired and supported. These conversations may sound risky and vulnerable, but risk and vulnerability are essential to courageous leadership. Real change and innovation are within our reach if we’re willing to talk about the emotions, thoughts and behaviors that get in the way.”
— Dr. Brené Brown


“Cathia Friou is truly authentic and has a powerful message about self-awareness and courage. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak about Daring Leadership at the ICF-Charlotte meeting. Cathia highlighted the research of Brené Brown who has delved into the depths of vulnerability, courage and shame. Cathia has an engaging presentation style and is most definitely an expert in her field.”

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“A trusted coach and mentor, Cathia is very personable and engaging. The self-reflection work gave me a better understanding of who I am and how I think. She helped me identify my strengths and exposed me to other useful tools, all in line with my goal of making a successful transition from professional sports to the business world.
Thanks Coach!”