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When: Wednesday, July 22
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: Annie Storey

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This was such a popular book and topic we are revisiting it by request.

Women in Water Book Club – May 8th, noon-1 pm – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BLOOMBERG Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.

Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

This book can be purchased at most book stores or on Amazon. If anyone has questions prior to the meeting, please feel free to contact Brianna Huber, WIW Committee Chair at The Women in Water Book Club believes in sharing leadership development opportunities and therefore each book we read and discuss is led by a different individual.


The Dare to Lead discussion will be led by Katie Bohrman. Katie is an Application Engineer at WaterSurplus in Loves Park, IL. She specializes in developing custom treatment solutions to address high levels of iron and manganese in municipal drinking water systems. Her systems have been piloted and/or installed throughout the Midwest, California, Washington, Georgia, and West Virginia. Katie Earned a Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in aquatic science from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Her thesis research and previous work with the USGS involved nutrient transport studies in small Wisconsin streams


Join this one hour online moderated conversation. Register in advance above. This is an ISAWWA member only no charge event. The event will NOT be recorded.


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