Rising Strong™ Workshop (Stanford University)

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Rising Strong™ Workshop (Stanford University)

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Stanford University School of Medicine Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge 291 Campus Dr Stanford, LK320 (Dean's Board Room) Stanford, CA 94305

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This one-day workshop will introduce seasoned and emerging leaders to the research of Dr. Brené Brown of the University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work and focus on its implications for leadership in higher education settings.

The workshop will feature essential concepts from Dr. Brown’s ground-breaking research featured in her texts, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. Participants will explore how vulnerability and courage can have a positive impact on fostering innovation and connection while leading. Participants will also learn practical strategies they can use in complex situations to identify the thoughts, behaviors and emotions that effect on the way we lead.

Preparation will be required for this workshop, including reading Rising Strong and watching Dr. Brown's TED Talk The Power of Vulnerability.

Participants will receive a Rising Strong workbook. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Seating is limited. So register soon!


Dr. Virginia Rondero Hernandez is a professor in the Department of Social Work Education at California State University, Fresno, the immediate past chair of the ACE Women’s Network Northern California and a licensed clinical social worker. She has over 35 years of practice experience in the areas of health, education and non-profit administration. She has researched and published in the areas of child welfare, child health disparities, children’s mental health services, Latino mental health, juvenile justice, substance abuse services, adult drug court, and shame resilience. Her private practice focuses on personal and career-related transitions using the modalities of shame resilience, solution-focused therapy, self-change and wholehearted living. Dr. Rondero Hernandez is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant and one of the original Senior Faculty members for the Daring Way™ LLC. Dr. Rondero Hernandez facilitates workshops in The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™, and also participates in Daring Way™ certification, continuing education, and research and evaluation activities.

Dr. Amy Levine is a certified leadership coach, educator and consultant who has worked for over 30 years with individuals and groups to assist them in reaching their goals. She helps her individual coaching clients develop and internalize the ability to maximize professional and personal potential. Her unique directive style creates an enjoyable experience that leads to measurable outcomes and sustainable impact. For groups, Dr. Levine offers numerous interactive workshops on leadership and career advancement. She also provides expert project management consultation and conference planning. Her clients include higher education departments, associations, individual professionals, private businesses and businesswomen. In addition to her private practice, she is currently an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension where she has developed a highly popular series of courses leading to a certificate in Women and Leadership.

Workshop Objectives

1. Participants will assess how clarity of values inform and guide the way they lead.

2. Participants will examine the role of vulnerability when leading and the myths associated with vulnerability.

3. Participants will learn about the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that hold them back from leading from their authentic selves.

4. Participants will discover how to grapple with the positive and negative messages or stories that define what a leader is and does.

5. Participants will practice strategies that promote healthy interpersonal boundaries in the workplace, integrity and trustworthiness as a leader.

Workshop Location

The Rising Strong™ Workshop (Stanford University) will take place at the Li Ka Shing Center for Knowledge and Learning (LKSC) at 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305. A map of Stanford and LKSC can be found here: https://campus-map.stanford.edu/?id=07-515&lat=37.43186446&lng=-122.17577807&zoom=17&srch=lksc. Visitor pay parking can be found in Stock Farm parking lot (surrounding the Stock Farm Garage) along Stock Farm Road and Campus Drive West. You will find a map with directions here: http://medicinex.stanford.edu/directions-to-lksc/. (On this link, visitor parking is identified by the yellow square P symbol. The L-17 parking area will be closest to LKSC.)