Rising Strong Day with Brené Brown

“When you own your story, you get to write a brave new ending.”

August 22, 2015 in Nashville, TN


Random House and O, The Oprah Magazine invite you to Rising Strong Day, a unique experience based on the groundbreaking research of Brené Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.

Using the practices outlined in her much-anticipated new book, RISING STRONG, Brené will present a powerful process to help us rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes, and face hurt in a way that brings more wisdom and wholeheartedness into our lives.

Held in Nashville, Tennessee, Rising Strong Day will feature conversations and activities that bring this vision to life. During the course of this interactive day, you will be introduced to the rising strong process, discover how owning our stories gives us the power to write a daring new ending, and develop practices to transform the ways we live, love, parent, and work.


Event Details

What was Included

  • Conversation with Brené Brown on the power of vulnerability, with plenty of time for audience questions
  • Early autographed copy of RISING STRONG
  • Meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Brené Brown
  • Inspirational Main Stage panels throughout the day that explore the themes of storytelling, creativity, and wholehearted living
  • Barbeque lunch
  • Snacks and refreshments throughout the day
  • Live music
  • Exclusive access to content from O, The Oprah Magazine’s September issue
  • Special Random House tote bag filled with goodies from O, The Oprah Magazine

Date & Time

August 22, 2015
10:00am to 5:00pm


Nashville, TN

Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203


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Rising Strong Day - August 22, 2015


For the legions of fans of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection, comes the next step in the groundbreaking research of thought leader Brené Brown, Ph.D.  A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brené’s TED talks on shame and vulnerability have garnered over 23 million views and have changed our cultural conversation. Brené has worked with organizations including Facebook, Microsoft, Pixar, AT&T, Costco, West Point, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others. Her new book, RISING STRONG, tells us what it takes to get back up after failure and teaches us how owning our stories of disappointment and heartbreak give us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to a wholehearted life.

10:00 AM

Doors Open – Light Breakfast and Coffee Available

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote by Brené Brown

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet & Greet Photo Opportunity with Brené Brown

(By Assigned Time)

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM

Barbeque Lunch

1:00 PM

Rising Strong and Art Journaling

Led by Karen Walrond, an author and photo essaysist focused on thriving, leadership development and the magic of creativity.

1:45 PM

The Road Home: Boundaries and Trust

Led by Miles Adcox, CEO of Onsite, a unique program that helps people rediscover the best in themselves and their relationships.

2:30 PM

Music Break

3:00 PM

Living Your Story Through Photography

Led by Jenna Walker and Katie Thurmes, sisters and co-founders of Artifact Uprising, an online photo printing company that was born in a basement to celebrate “the disappearing beauty of the tangible.”

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Conversation with Brené and O, The Oprah Magazine's books editor Leigh Haber

Nashville, Tennessee


Rising Strong Day will be held at Marathon Music Works, located in the amazing and growing Marathon neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee. 

Heralded as Music City, U.S.A., and the country-music capital of the world, Tennessee's fast-growing capital city also shines as a leading center of higher education, appropriately known as the Athens of the South. Nashville has prospered from both labels, emerging as one of the South's most vibrant cities in the process. The District, the downtown area along 2nd Avenue and historic Broadway, has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with restaurants, specialty shopping, and entertainment options. The historic sites throughout the city—such as the Hermitage and the Belle Meade Plantation—add another dimension.

Rising Strong Day Speakers

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.  Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her latest book, Rising Strong will be released on August 25, 2015. In Rising Strong, Brené writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.” She is also the Founder and CEO for The Daring Way™ – an organization that brings her work on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness to organizations, schools, communities, and families. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 19 million viewers. Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.

Karen Walrond is an author and photoessayist. Karen’s bestselling book, The Beauty of Different, is a chronicle of imagery and portraiture, combined with written essays and observations on the concept that what makes us different makes us beautiful — and may even be the source of our superpowers. Karen’s writing, images and other projects have been featured on CNN.com, USA Today, Good Housekeeping and Wondertime magazines, among others.  Karen is also the creative mind behind the award-winning website, Chookooloonks, an inspirational source for living with intention, creativity and adventure, and featuring travel, art, food and life. A sought-after keynote and TEDx speaker, Karen has spoken around the United States and abroad to individuals and organizations on the topic of thriving, through leadership development, the magic of creativity, the valuing of cultural and racial diversity, and the power of social media. She has appeared on both local & national television and other news media, including PBS, Huffington PostCNN.com and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Miles Adcox is the CEO/Owner of Onsite, an internationally known therapeutic workshop center that has been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the owner of Onsite Music Publishing, co-founder of Inspire Productions and host of FOX’s The Daily Helpline.  Passionate about helping others and leading people to positive change, Miles has created and managed multiple counseling centers, trauma programs and emotional wellness workshops. Miles speaks nationally on various topics including connection, emotional wellness, and inspired leadership. Miles lives in Nashville and is a communication, personal growth, and mental health consultant to the music and entertainment industry. He has been a featured guest expert on The Dr. Phil Show, The Doctors, and A&E’s Intervention.

Jenna Walker is the CEO and Co-founder of Artifact Uprising. Operating from a belief that the best ideas aren’t born behind desks, Jenna has a love for building a life and business driven by purpose and heart first. Prior to founding Artifact Uprising, Jenna worked as a professional photographer alongside her husband Matt and sister Katie for 8 years.  “As one click of the shutter turned to another turned to hundreds of thousands of photos, we realized our documented lives were sitting on our phones and computers with no true place to live on,” says Jenna.  “It’s something we kept coming back to–‘What are we leaving behind?” This question spiraled into experiments that included baking photo books in their oven and eventually into dreams of the company you see today.  And so, just six months after Jenna’s second daughter was born, Artifact Uprising launched.  Jenna, her husband Matt and their two little girls reside in Golden, Colorado.

Katie Thurmes is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Artifact Uprising. Katie got her start in storytelling – working as professional photographer alongside sister Jenna prior to starting the “side project” that became Artifact Uprising. It is through her time behind the lens that she grew driven to make permanence of the experiences that move minds and hearts. “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone,” says Katie. “And to bring those experiences to the tangible form invites a kind of pause rare in lives as busy as most of us lead.” Today, Katie remains deeply passionate to see that our stories live on in tactile and meaningful ways. She is fueled by a desire to change the conversation on creativity – something she believes belongs to everyone –  and works daily to create products that matter. Katie still writes her to-do lists on paper.

Leigh Haber is the Books Editor for O, The Oprah Magazine and a self-titled “book entrepreneur/editor/consultant.” Leigh began her career in book publishing as a news aide for The Washington Post’s Book World. After moving to NYC, she became a publicity director for Harcourt Brace and other publishers, but her first love was editing. She has worked as an editor with such writers as Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Laurie Garrett, Steve Martin, Terry Gross, Peter Jennings, Lou Reed, Patricia Bosworth, The Kitchen Sisters, Senator Chuck Schumer, Bill Maher, and more.  She served as Editor-at-Large for Chronicle Books and as consultant to the publishing-on-demand platform Blurb and has held editorial roles at Scribner, Hyperion, and Rodale. With Rodale, Leigh oversaw editing for books such as An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore and New Rules by Bill Maher. She raised her two sons Sam and Geoff in Maplewood, NJ, where she continues to reside.