Announcing Summit 2015 Opening Speaker: Brené Brown

March 2, 2015

We are honored to announce that Brené Brown will join us as the opening plenary speaker at Summit 2015 on May 6.  Brené has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.  Her research has helped thousands of leaders learn how to turn difficult situations into opportunities for connection and growth.  Her keynote will launch a day of conversation and exploration around how education leaders, teachers, parents and students can harness the power of vulnerability, put their creativity to work, and persevere to transform education to work better for all kids. 

brene-brownAbout Brené

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on, with over 18 million views. Brené is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012). She is also the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007).  Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children.  To learn more about Brene’s groundbreaking work, please visit

About Summit 2015

NewSchools Summit is an annual gathering of thinkers, innovators, and doers in K-12 public education who are working to expand opportunity for young people in the United States. Each year nearly 1000 educators, entrepreneurs, community leaders, public officials, policy makers, and funders come together to confront key challenges to improving public schools so that they work better for every student, in every neighborhood. Through big conversations, bold speakers and collaborative working sessions, Summit 2015 will create space for attendees to connect with each other and immerse themselves in important topics.  Read more about Summit 2015