Brené Brown, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising StrongBraving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy as a research professor at the University of Houston. And now she has entered into a new endeavor, “Unlocking Us,” a podcast featuring “conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.”

Brown’s message is one of self-acceptance and authenticity, living and being unapologetically in the world. Says Brown, “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” Her work is all about gathering and leveraging that courage to stand tall and be who we are — with all the vulnerability that entails — imperfections and failures and all.

Check out the most current episode of “Unlocking Us” below.

Dr. Brené Brown is a New York Times bestselling author and a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Brené’s TED talk — “The Power of Vulnerability” — is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 45 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture, The Call to Courage, on Netflix. Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.