Brene Brown’s research on shame and vulnerability has been so helpful to me, personally and professionally.
Brown is always introspective, testing out her theories on herself as well as society at large. I have a feeling some may find this one her most political, which is unsurprising to me given our polarized current climate here in the United States.
My main takeaway was that she urges us to look behind the “either/or” mentality of current civic debates. Our democratic discourse was never meant to be so reductive and I appreciate her plea for us to brave the wilderness as a society versus hide behind fear and anger.
I leave you with this: “People often silence themselves, or “agree to disagree” without fully exploring the actual nature of the disagreement, for the sake of protecting a relationship and maintaining connection. But when we avoid certain conversations, and never fully learn how the other person feels about all of the issues, we sometimes end up making assumptions that not only perpetuate but deepen misunderstandings, and that can generate resentment.” YES.
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Prior to that she has served as a Team Leader at Chatham Financial Europe in the UK, the Associate Director of the International Center & Admissions at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, the NGO and Policy Coordination Officer at the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and a consultant for the Corporate Executive Board.
She holds a Bachelors in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and a Masters in International Relations from the LSE. She is also an accredited practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) as well as a certified CultureActive® cross-cultural trainer. Further, she serves as a guest writer for the Huffington Post.
A truly global citizen, Natalie is Argentine-American and has worked, studied and volunteered in over 35 countries. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband and three children.