Creating a Courageous Culture

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Do you have the skills to be a daring leader and build a courageous culture?

The one thing that 150 C-Suite leaders can agree on is that we need braver leaders!

The good news is that the skills for brave leadership can be learned and honed.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be Dare to Lead™ Trained; this distinction demonstrates that you understand the value of vulnerability, trust, values, and resilience in brave leadership and courageous cultures.

Brave leaders not only model the skill sets necessary for courage but create a culture that allows for innovation, growth, and creativity while constructively addressing challenges along the way.

There are four skill sets that courageous leaders share:

  • the ability to rumble with vulnerability,
  • an understanding of trust and its characteristics,
  • how to rise in the face of adversity,
  • and an understanding of their personal values.

Each of these skill sets are teachable, observable, and measurable and require self-awareness. This workshop, based on 20 years of Dr. Brené Brown’s research, 500,000 pieces of data, and exclusive videos, we will lead you through exercises to increase your self-awareness, build your courage skill sets, and allow you to take practical tools back to your teams.

In fact, you do not need to read the book before the class. We will give you a guided tour of the book – we know just how to highlight the pertinent points straight from Brené.

“Leaders must invest a reasonable amount of time attending to fears and feelings or squander an unreasonable amount of time trying to manage ineffective and unproductive behavior.” – Brené Brown

Choose to invest in your time in leadership rather than squander it. Reserve your space today to be braver in your life, work, and leadership.

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The format

This two-day, deep dive workshop equips you with the skills to become a braver leader.

  • Date: Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Time: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Location: Central Exchange | 1020 Central Street, Suite 100, KCMO 64105
  • Investment: $995 for public; $920 for CX members and corporate partners

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • Do I need to read the book? No, we will cover it in the session. 
  • I’ve already read the book, why take the workshop? Additional clarity and exercises will be part of the workshop. You’ll have a chance to connect with other local courageous leaders. Through exclusive videos, you’ll see and hear Brené add depth that was not covered in the book.
  • What can I do with the material after the class? You are encouraged to take your new and enhanced skills back to your meeting rooms, classrooms, and living rooms. Practice modeling courageous behavior and language with your colleagues. 
  • This is “soft” or this is “more art than science”. Because of the research backing, there is truly science behind the skill sets. Being courageous requires accepting uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Being vulnerable is not easy or soft. 

Meet the Facilitator


Over the past 20 years, Kara Hanak has specialized in transforming teams from out-of-tune garage bands into harmonious orchestras. Her ability to maximize a teams’ strengths has transcended across many industries and business units, having navigated through the finance, healthcare, and consulting fields while leading teams in product development, process improvement, operations, data and analytics, and technology. A couple of Kara’s biggest leadership successes include guiding a team of program managers to successfully launch over 100 innovation initiatives within three years, and leading a 120-person cross-functional team through successful integration of 1500 clients and over 34 million customers. Along the way, she has successfully coached and grown the skill level of her teams, peers and leaders – from interns to executives. Her passion for leadership stems from her desire to identify and accelerate the growth of untapped talent, and a firm belief that people will forever be the #1 differentiator among organizations.

Kara is a Brené Brown Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and holds both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis. Kara is also co-author of the book, Hear Her Now, where she shares her personal leadership philosophy, “the five ships”, through the reflection of a milestone birthday party. When she’s not helping people become better than their best leader, you can find Kara playing unofficial team photographer at youth sporting events or crossing things off her ever-expanding bucket list.


A native of North Carolina, Courtney Thomas brings more than fourteen years of executive leadership, innovative vision, and strategic alignment to the Central Exchange. Courtney joined the CX team in February of 2017, and her arrival coincided with the launch of a new strategic plan for the Central Exchange, outlining our path forward from now through 2020.

Prior to joining CX, Courtney served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Great Plains SCPCA, Kansas City’s largest animal welfare organization. Prior to her most recent role as CEO, Courtney spent ten years in progressively responsible leadership positions in Marketing, Public Relations, and Operations.

Outside of work, Courtney is the mother of three beautiful young children and has been married to her husband Jeff for thirteen years. She loves spending time with family, practicing photography, supporting our hometown teams, and participating in civic activities that make Kansas City a better place for all of us to live.


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