Put down your armor.

Lead with authenticity.

Connect with heart.

9 weeks to braver and more wholehearted leadership.


Four cohorts starting

Fall 2020

September 16/17 to November 18/19


  • When?  4 Options for the 9 consecutive weeks starting September 23 or 24. Wednesdays 8:30am or 4pm EDT. Thursdays 11:30am or 4pm EDT.

  • Where?  Anywhere you can connect to Zoom

  • Facilitators?  Either Katie Brandt or Nancy Kobel 

  • Who should attend?  Business leaders seeking more courage and/or compassion

  • Format?  Nine 2-hour small-group interactive sessions 

  • What's included? Weekly homework (approx. 1 hour), exclusive instructional videos from Brené, a Dare to Lead workbook, LinkedIn Badge upon completion 

Get real with yourself and answer these questions right now


Are you aware of the armor you put on every day to protect yourself from experiencing discomfort?


How safe do you feel sharing your ideas, opinions, needs, feedback, or mistakes?


How confident are you that when you step out in courage and experience a setback, you have the resources to get back on your feet again?


So many leaders are armored up and leading from a place of fear, scarcity, and hurt. As a result, they are exhausted. Armor is heavy! Although it might be useful in life-threatening situations to keep you safe, it does not protect you from emotional pain or discomfort. In fact, it prevents others from seeing your value and connecting with you.






Brave leaders lead with courage and compassion, and although they feel fear every day, they also feel alive and inspired. (Research consistently shows the greatest leaders report feeling afraid most of the time.)

Which type of leader do you want to be? 

Brave or Armored?

You have a choice. 


Courage is 100% observable, teachable, and measurable, and Dare to Lead™ is an empirically-based curriculum designed to teach you how to be a brave leader. 


Enter difficult conversations.

Ask for help.

Share your ideas and experiences.


During this 9-session intensive, you will learn how to:​

  • Rumble with vulnerability. This is the foundational skill set of courage-building. Our ability to be daring leaders will never be greater than our capacity for vulnerability. 

  • Live into your values. Our values inspire us to be brave. By clarifying them, we can lean into them as we step out in courage.

  • Build trustBrave leaders understand the elements of trust, how to build trust with themselves and others, and how to address trust-related issues when they arise. 

  • Rise Strong. When we have a process for recovering from the inevitable setbacks that occur when we are being brave, our courage muscle grows.      


"What I expected to be a typical leadership development course turned into an eye-opening, inspirational regular work session that was the highlight of my week…"

~Cara Martin, COO, Optimized Thermal Systems



Each consists of 9 consecutive weekly sessions (via Zoom).

Cohort A
Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 23-Nov 18
Time: 8:30-10:30am EDT
Facilitator: Katie Brandt

Cohort B

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 23-Nov 18

ime: 4:00-6:00pm EDT

Facilitator: Nancy Kobel

Cohort C
Dates: Thursdays, Sept 24-Nov 19
Time: 11:30-1:30pm EDT
Facilitator: Nancy Kobel

Cohort D

Dates: Thursdays, Sept 24-Nov 19

Time: 4:00-6:00 EDT

Facilitator: Katie Brandt


Nancy Kobel is a Leadership & Life Coach, consultant and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in management and leadership development. She is the founder of Leader Inspired and has worked with leaders at all levels of the organizations through workshops, meeting facilitation and coaching. Nancy is a visionary thinker who brings calm to chaos, and she is committed to developing more conscious leaders and organizations. She has a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MA in Instructional Design, both from University of Maryland. She is accredited through ICF as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and is a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator.  

Katie Brandt partners with leaders to help them bring courage, compassion, and connection into the workplace so that people can do their best work. She specializes in creating psychologically safe spaces. Brandt has been an independent contractor for 15 years and holds a BS in psychology from Indiana University and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. She is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and is a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator.