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Be A Lighthouse in These Times

Feeling anxious? Take heart, we can each take meaningful action and make a positive difference. Each of us—you, me, our friends and family—have an opportunity to be a lighthouse in the darkness of anxiety and fear.  Learn about evidence-based practices here.

GE: Ethically Courageous Leadership

Our CEO, Brooke Deterline, was honored to support GE’s long commitment to supporting ethically courageous leadership. Brooke visited and facilitated a session at their Crotonville leadership institute in Ossining, NY.

An inspiring global leadership team, who know that integrity is a profound competitive advantage.

Salesforce’s Equality Summit: Courageous Belonging

CEO Brooke Deterline and Donald Proby were honored to support Salesforce’s inspiring Equality Leaders with our Courageous Belonging program at their 2020 Equality Summit. It was wonderful to see people take on issues in such a courageous, thoughtful and caring way.


(Online programs available)


HuffPost Blog Series: Finally! Wall Street Cops Look to Ethically Courageous Cultures to Ensure Integrity

In her Science of Courageous Leadership blog series, Brooke shares the 3 keys to creating a culture of ethical courage and excellence. Click here for the full article. 

HuffPost Blog Series: The Power of Forgiveness at Work

In her Science of Courageous Leadership blog series, Brooke explores the power of forgiveness to potentially improve well-being and productivity in professional settings. Click here for the full article. 

HuffPost Blog Series Courage: A Triple Word Score for the Holidays

In her Science of Courageous Leadership blog series, Brooke shares how we can learn to override our unhelpful instincts, choosing to be courageous.  Click here for the full article. 

"In a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2017, for the first time, a majority of Americans (across the political spectrum) rank fear about the current political climate (57%) and future of our country (66%) as a leading cause of stress…running in line or ahead of the old standbys: money, work and the economy." Check out our latest blog post titled The United State of Anxiety to read about what we're doing through our Courageous Leadership for a Courageous Democracy Program to lower anxiety by cultivating greater empathy and compassion across differences in a trans-partisan society. 

Courageous Democracy Training at the Leadership Contra Costa

We are so excited and honored to facilitate our training on Courageous Democracy to the Contra Costa Leadership of The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce program.  The participants and leaders are from all walks of the community and are participating to learn more about Contra Costa county. 


The training's focus will be on encouraging conversations around difficult issues such as our polarized political situation or challenging local issues. We are looking forward to connecting and learning together.

The Science of Happiness: A Greater Good 3-Day Gathering featuring Courageous Leadership

Featuring the GGSC's Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.
Presentations by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., Richard Davidson Ph.D., Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., Lama Tsomo, Eve Ekman, MSW, Ph.D., and many others. Courageous Leadership's Brooke Deterline and Simone Harris will lead a Courageous Inclusion session. 

Rotary 4- Way Fest

Courageous Leadership was thrilled to facilitate a breakout session on Courageous Conversations. We enjoyed our time with the Rotarians from Northern California and Northern Nevada. 

Currently Booking Services for 2020!

We're currently filling our 2020 calendar. If you're interested in booking us for public speaking, a workshop, or other services, please contact us via our website contact form today to discuss dates and services. We recommend contacting us sooner, rather than later, so we can hold the dates on our calendar. We look forward to supporting you and your teams in 2020! 

Year-End Letter from CEO, Brooke Deterline: The Year In Review

As 2018 comes to a close, we’d like to thank you, our community of supporters, clients, collaborators and advisors, for your contributions to our evidence-based work. This year, we had the honor of working with organizations such as Microsoft, Pfizer, the Center for Domestic Peace, BMW, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, Rotary International and Junior State of America. 

We choose our clients carefully to ensure we work with people with a strong commitment to ethically courageous leadership, courageous equity & inclusion and the creation of more compassion, innovative and socially responsible organizations. We’ve also been inspired by the response and impact of our Courageous Democracy programs with Rotary International and the youth at Junior State of America. According to Jonathan Haidt’s Civil Politics, our programs have some of the highest impact of any programs they’ve assessed. You can read more about our programs in this recent article in the Greater Good, These Kids Are Learning to Have Bipartisan Conversations. It mentions the work of another CL advisor, Paul Gilbert Ph.D., and the three circles model from his Compassionate-Focused Therapy. 


One of our favorite JSA student reflections during our Courageous Democracy programs, “I learned that I can choose courage in any moment.” Something for us all to remember as we move into the New Year. Wishing everyone a peaceful and meaningful holiday season and 2019!


Warmest regards,


Brooke Deterline, CEO

On Behalf of Denise, Lynne, Shalae and the entire CL team 

Greater Good Science Center Features our Courageous Democracy Program in this Article

December 2018

We're grateful to the Greater Good Science Center for featuring our Courageous Leadership for a Courageous Democracy work with Junior State of America in this article, These Kids Are Learning to Have Bipartisan Conversations! Thank you, as well, to Paul Gilbert, PhD, for creating Compassion-Focused Therapy and the 3 Circles Model (Red, Green & Blue) that's cited in this article. We use it in all of our work and have found it incredibly helpful for people in their efforts to be courageous.

Courageous Leadership Continues to Support Microsoft Leaders

For the second time this year, we were honored to support Microsoft by providing a workshop for 320 of their leaders in Seattle, WA on courageous & inclusive leadership skills. Continued work with an organization is important since long-term learning and organizational impact is achieved through practice. We look forward to continuing to support the teams we've worked with, and watching their teams growth in 2019.

Supporting the Vital Mission of Non Profits: Rotary Club International, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and Center for Domestic Peace

In the last few months, Courageous Leadership provided services and workshops for a handful of organizations working to make this world a better place. We facilitated elements of our Courageous Democracy program to Rotary Club International, Woodland. With over 4.3 million members, Rotary Club International’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Additionally, we provided services to support the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Center for Domestic Peace. Increasingly, our work is being highlighted in corporations and non-profits invested in social advocacy.

Courageous Leadership for a Courageous Democracy Launches in Los Angeles, CA with Approximately 250 Junior State of America Students

Last week we conducted our first Courageous Leadership for a Courageous Democracy training for approximately 250 high school students from Junior State of America. At the Galen Center on USC's campus in Los Angeles, CA, students learned how to have open-hearted, open-minded conversation across cultural and political difference, and joined a Civic Action Cohort to practice their skills and take courageous action in their communities. Their courageous participation and wisdom gives us great hope for the future of this country! Deep gratitude to JSA's ongoing commitment to student leadership and civic participation, Kip Morales for leading the Civic Action Project, USC for donating the Galen Center, and to the foundation who funded our program. Contact us to learn more!

Courageous Leadership Presents 'The Science of Ethically Courageous Leadership' to BMW Leaders

We were honored to work on the east coast with BMW leaders from around the world - investing in their ethically courageous leadership skills for innovation and excellence. 

Virtual Courses Provided to train Microsoft Leaders on Creating Ethical Cultures and Ethical Leaders

Courageous Leadership provided (2) 90 minute virtual training sessions on the topic of Creating Ethical Cultures and Ethical Leaders for Microsoft Corporation's Senior Technical Leadership Program - a 2-year program for 300 technical leaders at Microsoft who lead digital transformation for our customers by demonstrating attributes of leadership (courage, influence, empowering, envisioning, connecting, innovating).

Courageous Leadership for a Courageous Democracy

We are very grateful to report that a large foundation funded our Courageous Democracy work with the Junior State of America (JSA). The grant will fund a year-long project to apply our evidence-based tools to teach high school students the skills to build a more courageous democracy. JSA is an 84-year-old, non-profit where 10,000 teens learn democracy by practicing democracy. Our Courageous Democracy initiative will teach the students how to have "open-hearted and open-minded conversations" across difference, while working on local civic projects together. See a 30-sec video invitation from Van Jones inviting the kids to participate in the program. Another quick video invitation is from Republican representative, Mimi Walters. Both Jones and Walters are known for their bipartisan efforts. Please contact us for more information about Courageous Democracy.

Courageous Leadership Presenting at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to Support Innovation & Excellence Through Ethically Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership CEO, Brooke Deterline, was invited to give two presentations at Pfizer Pharmaceutical's annual conference in Florida on the topic of: Creating Ethically Courageous Leaders to Support Innovation & Excellence. Headquartered in New York, Pfizer is one of the world's premier biopharmaceutical companies and has thrived in the United States since 1849.

Courageous Democracy Pilot With Rotary Club A Success!

We conducted our first 4-hour Courageous Democracy workshop for Rotary Clubs on January 27th, 2018. The pilot was attended by nearly 3 times as many participants as we were expecting - some driving the distance of 4 hours to attend. According to the survey data:

•   94% of participants want Rotary to continue to develop these sessions

•   92% learned important information

•   86% will behave differently in the future because of the training

Participants reported increasing their concern for people in another political party and their sense of skillfulness at bridging and leveraging differences. People also reported greater motivation to experiment with different approaches to achieve or get closer to shared societal goals (even when different ideas come from people of another persuasion). 

The Courageous Democracy Program for Rotary International provides Americans with evidence-based tools for building the awareness, skills and social support needed for effective “Courageous Conversations” and more courageous actions (open-hearted and open-minded collaboration) across differences for a more civil, caring and sustainable culture and democracy. The goal of the trainings for Rotarians and people from their communities is to learn the social and moral psychology of hyper-partisanship and how social influences affect human perspectives, behavior and effectiveness in all areas of our lives, including civic, business and personal. Rotary is an ideal network to scale and impact thousands of clubs and communities around the country. The ultimate aim of the Courageous Democracy Initiative is to enhance the quality of the political culture and conversations, the empathy people feel for “others” (perceived as unlike themselves politically), the ability to build a shared sense of identity and belonging, and the capacity and practice to find productive, shared solutions across differences.

Contact us for more information about our Courageous Leadership for Courageous Democracy programs in your organization or community.

Rotary Club International and Courageous Leadership for a Courageous Democracy

Courageous Leadership, LLC created the Courageous Democracy Initiative to provide evidence-based tools to reach across widening political divides and create a more caring, sustainable democracy. Once funded, our program is scheduled to pilot with Rotary Club International in 2017.

Courageous Leadership programs are built on social science. Over eight years of working with colleagues and advisors, (including Phil Zimbardo, Lynne Henderson, Paul Gilbert, Kim Cameron), we created an interactive program to help leaders and teams in organizations. Our programs help people recognize invisible systemic influences and subtle social cues, manage internal reactions under stress, and override unhelpful human reactions (e.g., otherizing, avoiding, and lashing out). We train people to more-consistently act with compassion, ethical courage and ingenuity. Courageous Leadership’s programs and evidence-based tools have been used with clients like Google, MIT Sloan, Kaiser Permanente, the Hewlett Foundation, Columbia Medical Center, the Australian Healthcare, Justice, and Treasury Directorates, Post Carbon Institute, American Leadership Forum, and others.

Contact us for more information about our Courageous Leadership for Courageous Democracy Program.

Courageous Leadership Skills for Equity and Inclusion

We're offering a new class at the California Institute of Integral Studies to provide evidence-based tools to help us all create a more inclusive, courageous society. In four sessions, develop the self-awareness and knowledge of the strategies that create (and hinder) the conditions for more inclusive relationships and environments. Each session offers time to learn and practice with evidence-based tools while working in groups on real-life situations that also teach the social science behind unconscious bias, motivated reasoning, and other forms of situational and social pressures in our lives that have us act outside of our values and unintentionally support unjust dynamics and systems. 

The Power of Forgiveness at Work to Support Innovation

Kimberly Clark Corporation, a 140 year-old, fortune 500 company and leader in the personal care products industry, invited us to provide a workshop to support their culture of innovation by fostering forgiveness at work. In our recent Huffington Post piece, The Power of Forgiveness at Work we cite research that supports forgiveness to potentially improve well-being and productivity in professional settings. Participants in our previous forgiveness workshops reported taking more social risks, like offering new ideas, admitting fears or concerns, and asking for or offering help.  Ben Peterson, CEO of Bamboo HR, "How can we quickly remove obstacles which prevent growth of people as well as the business? Forgiveness is one of the ways.”

Good, informative article by Alina Tugend for California Magazine published by UC Berkeley Alumni, that includes our work. This is definitely worth reading!

Courageous Leadership Provides Spectranetics with Evidence-Based Program to Support Courageous Innovation and Success

A recognized leader in the medical device field, we provided Spectranetics with a 2-session evidence-based workshop to support their values-driven culture and increase innovation.

Dr. Lynne Henderson offering workshop at CIIS: How to Develop Confidence

Confidence goes a long way towards achieving professional and personal goals. Feeling a lack of confidence or experiencing "situational shyness" can be relieved by learning new behaviors to challenge automatic thoughts and beliefs. Join Dr. Henderson on 3/30/17 from 6:30p-8:00p at CIIS in San Francisco for this workshop which provides the opportunity to develop your social fitness - increasing your capabilities in demanding social situations in the same way physical fitness increases your capabilities in demanding physical situations. Purchase tickets here.  

Presenting 'Leading with Courage in Challenging Situations' at Utah State University in October

Invited by Utah State University, we're offering a presentation and a module of our workshop for colleges and universities at the Accounting Conference October 27th-28th. Email us if you're interested in having us participate in your conference!

Courageous Leadership provides an interactive, evidence-based Diversity, Equity & Inclusion session for the inspiring group at the Hewlett Foundation

To support the phenomenal philanthropic work of The Hewlett Foundation, we were invited to offer a half-day workshop focused on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for their inspiring team in Menlo Park, California. 

Our latest profile of courage in the workplace, Ways to Cultivate Ethical Courage, is available at the award winning site, Greater Good. "Thank you" to our friends at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

In our blog post published by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center titled How to Cultivate Ethical Courage, read about Tina's conflict of interest in the workplace, how drive and good intentions can undermine your own values, and how to restore alignment between your actions and your values.

Check out our latest blog post describing optimal cultures for courageous leadership in an organization.


If you would like to join in this important conversation, please share any of your own examples or stories of others' courageous actions using the hashtag: #thecourage2lead. We look forward to hearing about your sources of inspiration. Remember, courage is contagious. Your actions can inspire others and help to create cultures of courage.

New Book Released TODAY by UC Berkeley Psychologist, Dr. Dacher Keltner: The Power Paradox

We highly recommend a new book, The Power Paradox, a revolutionary reconsideration of everything we know about power by UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner. He argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world. We are also incredibly grateful for Dacher's ongoing counsel and research from his Greater Good Science Center that we often cite in our work.

Courageous Leadership Supporting National Co+op Grocers

NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. In April, we got the chance to present at their conference; enhancing their culture to support their mission

Supporting American Leadership Forum Fellows

We were honored to work with the American Leadership Forum (ALF) to support their incoming fellows, leaders from all areas of society, in their year-long leadership program. Founded in 1980 by Joe Jaworski & joined by John Gardner, ALF focuses on building more skillful, ethical, and effective local leadership with the idea that a cross-section of leadership together could solve the most complex societal problems. We provided our evidence-based tools to enhance mindfulness and consistently notice often invisible social and systemic pressures that can easily have us act outside of our values and best thinking in order to consistently take wise and ethically courageous action.  


CEO, Brooke Deterline Presenting the Social Venture Network Spring Conference

This year, Brooke Deterline was invited to present at Social Venture Network's Spring conference in San Diego, CA. SVN's high-impact community of mission-driven entrepreneurs are focused on leveraging business to serve the greater good. At the conference, Brooke discussed Building Great Work Cultures from the Inside Out.

Courageous Leadership at USC; Our Latest Programs for Colleges and Universities

This year we've developed a program for students at colleges and universities which was provided to the University of Southern California as part of the Robert J. Coury Applied Leadership Program at the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership.


Please contact us for more information if you're interested in offering this program at your higher learning institution.


Our CCO, Dr. Lynne Henderson, presents at The Norwegian Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

Currently, Dr. Lynne Henderson, our Chief Currculum Officer and founder of Social Fitness Training TM, is in Norway at The Norwegian Association of Cognitve and Behavioral Therapy Conference. She's giving a keynote presentation titled Finding Courage in Challenging Situations, and facilitating two workshops. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue expanding our curriculum and work into new international territories.

A powerful manifesto for CEOs and employees alike: Influential and award-winning business leader Margaret Heffernan reveals how organizations can build ideal workplace cultures and create seismic shifts by making small changes. In Beyond Measure, Margaret Heffernan looks back over her decades spent overseeing different organizations and comes to a counterintuitive conclusion: it’s the small shifts that have the greatest impact.

Board Access Workshop: Ethically Courageous Leadership Under Pressure

We are very grateful for the wonderful opportunity we had to work with amazing women leaders last night during a Courageous Leadership workshop for Watermark's Board Access program. Board Access helps women leaders get BOD seats. Thank you, Donna Hamlin for running such a vital and inspiring program!

Interested in Getting Certified in Social Fitness?

Due to high demand, we’ve scheduled a 1-week intensive Social Fitness Training TM and Certification Course March 28 - April 1, held in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. To ensure high-quality and personalized instruction, we offer small course sizes with limited space - instructed by Dr. Lynne Henderson, the developer of the model. Discounts and professional training scholarships are available. Please email us if you'd like to know more and/or apply.


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