Project Description

Brittany Ashley on Brené Brown

“Courage is contagious.” TED star Brené Brown has spent decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, giving us insight to a healthier, more joyful life. Screenwriter Brittany Ashley takes us on her own personal journey learning from Brené.


Director: Julie Hébert
DP: Sevdije Kastrati
Sound: Nancy Kwon
Editor: Rachel Fowler
Mix: Daniel Raphael
Producer: Courtney Graham
Associate Producer: Cara Harrington
Co-Producer: Jill Klein

Photos from Love Bombers retreat 2009, and “Listening to Shame” (TED2012). Other photo by Felix Sanchez.

More About…

Brittany Ashley


Brittany Ashley is a screenwriter with a passion for making content geared towards young women. She’s emerged as a powerful queer female voice in the digital media space who is most well-known for video content she created while at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. She wrote and hosted an LGBT news show on Logo, is in development for her first feature with Gunpowder & Sky, and is currently working on Netflix’s Twelve Forever.

Brené Brown


Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Endowed Chair. She’s spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s the author of four books: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. Her latest book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., was released in October 2018, and is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.