About the Book:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection
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“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.
Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”
Facilitator: Hanah Hople
Hanah is innately curious and has a knack for understanding what makes people, and brands, tick. She loves immersing herself in the world of her clients to uncover the inspiring story that taps into why they do what they do, and then strategizing the best way to bring it to life. Hanah’s expertise includes discovering authentic brand stories, developing strategy-led and creatively-fueled brand solutions, and implementing brand transformation plans. She has over a decade of experience in shaping high impact business-building strategies across many industries including Consumer Packaged Goods, Construction, Professional Services, Retail, Technology, Hospitality and Healthcare.
Hanah started Wonder Sprout four years ago to use her brand expertise to help both small businesses and large corporations maximize their full potential by sharpening their value proposition and bringing it to life. Wonder Sprout offers a variety of brand strategy services including qualitative research design and moderation, insight development, brand strategy workshop facilitation, brand purpose development, brand behavior development and training, and communications and engagement strategy.
Before starting Wonder Sprout, Hanah worked with Jack Morton Worldwide for five years, where she helped to start and lead the Chicago office’s Strategy practice. While at Jack Morton, Hanah worked in both the Chicago and London offices on a variety of engagements, including event strategy, employee engagement, internal communications, organizational transformation, and brand story & implementation strategy.
Hanah received her Masters in Communications Strategy from Virginia Commonwealth University’s esteemed Brandcenter and her B.S. from Florida State University in Advertising, and completed internships in strategy, advertising and media relations at companies including DDB Chicago, The Zimmerman Agency, and FSU Media Relations. She also spent time teaching English abroad to all levels of students — at the New British Centre in Rome, Italy and at an orphanage in Uganda.
Hanah enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, soaking up the outdoors, savoring very dark chocolate, eating her way through Richmond and planting her nose in a real paper-and-ink book.