Become a Courageous Leader

Dr. Brene´ Brown’s research reveals that the ideal leader is someone who cultivates a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation. The greatest barrier to daring leadership is not fear; the greatest barrier is armor – how we self-protect when we feel uncertain. The Dare to Lead™ Leadership Program, is an empirically based, courage-building methodology based on four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. These skill sets are:

  1. Rumbling with vulnerability
  2. Living into our values
  3. Braving trust
  4. Learning to rise

University of San Diego text, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Nonprofit InstituteIn partnership with the University of San Diego's, the Conscious Leadership Academy, and led by certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and Executive Director of the Conscious Leadership Academy, Dr. Lorri Sulpizio, the Dare To Lead™ Leadership Program will provide participants with the skills to strengthen their leadership capacity, by moving from armored leadership to daring leadership in any arena, industry or context.

Who Should Attend

Seasoned to emerging professionals, small business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and anyone who is seeking to stretch their leadership capacity, have courageous conversations, share direct feedback, and build trust with others.


Tuition $995
Format Classroom
Application Open Enrollment - Space limited
Program Duration 2 Day Intensive

Schedule and Fees

Course Schedule and Enrollment Link
SP 2020
SU 2020
Apr 17-18
2 days
Schedule and Fees are subject to change.


Program Details

This training will provide participants with a variety of development activities, case studies, latest trends, research, and practical tools. Participants are expected to attend 100% of scheduled sessions in order to successfully complete and receive a participant certificate of completion for the Dare to Lead™ Leadership Program.

Across industries the need for leadership and organizational competencies are higher than ever. Emerging and seasoned professionals are pausing to assess personal inventory of skill sets and strengths to measure how they are showing up as a leader, and clarifying on how they can level up and make a greater impact.

Top Leadership Competencies

  • Agents of change
  • Collaborative Mindset
  • Ability to identify solutions
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Identifying opportunity gaps and bridging them quickly
  • Globally focused and culturally attuned
  • Innovative/creative champion
  • Learn how to create a safe and meaningful culture
  • Create teams that take risks based on courage and trust
  • Understand key components of brave leadership
  • Commit to bringing a whole heart to work each day
  • Become equipped to operationalize the core values that define themselves and their organization
  • Learn to move from avoiding tough conversations to straight talk and taking action
  • Give more meaningful feedback to supporting teams
  • Learn how to rise through owning your story, acknowledging triggers and fears and moving through failure, disappointment and setback

This program is approved by the following third-party funding sources:

  • Professional Development Scholarships/Grants
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • ETPL - Summer 2020

Students using third-party funding please contact Enrollment and Student Services, at or 619-260-4585 to begin the registration process. Please ensure to have your funding source details readily available.

How long is this program?

This training program is 25 hours (pre-program preparation and two-day attendance). Participants will engage in both in class and outside practical class activities.

Are there payment options?

No, full tuition is due at time of registration.

Is parking included with tuition?

No. Parking is not included. To learn more about parking at the University of San Diego, click on the following link: Continuing Education Student Parking

What textbooks are required?

Yes, participants are required to read Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brene Brown prior to the first session, available at or your local bookstore.

Get the Inside Story

Conscious Leadership Academy (CLA), is home to a variety of initiatives offering engaging leadership learning opportunities in a variety of contexts. Current offerings include conferences and training's in the areas of group relations, women's leadership, peace leadership and many others.

The CLA's mission is to improve the understanding and practice of leadership by integrating advanced leadership theory with applied leadership practice. With a strong commitment to leadership that promotes social change for the common good, the CLA strives to develop conscious leaders who are prepared to meet the complex challenges they face in their communities, their social circles, and in today's global organizations.

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