Dare to Lead™

“A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential.”

Brené Brown


Dare to Lead™

An Inspiring Training Program for Leaders


About the Training

Having the ability to remain courageous and seek connection in today’s world is a necessary and challenging endeavor. If you are someone who self identifies as a leader and has the call to increase your skill set around living and leading from a place of courage and connection, this training is for you.


Skills You’ll Learn

This workshop will help any new or seasoned leader learn and practice the 4 skill sets of courage:

Rumbling with Vulnerability: learning the benefits of and how to practice vulnerability – facing uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure and apply this to one’s own life and leadership.

Living into Your Values: learn how to identify and implement core values that guide your day to day interactions and leadership style.

BRAVING Trust: learning the key components to trust , learning how to build trust in all environments to strengthen relationships.

Learning to Rise: learning how to fail and reset after failure.


Course Materials

During the course of the 8 weeks, participants will receive live instruction, small and large group participation, and the opportunity to practice and refine new skills learned. Self reflection prompts, role-plays, exclusive Dare to Lead ™  videos recorded by Brené, and additional supplemental resources are included in this training:

  • A Dare to Lead ™ Workbook
  • Exclusive Dare to Lead ™ Videos recorded by Brené Brown
  • Dare to Lead ™  Certificate of Completion
  • Dare to Lead ™  Badge for LinkedIn profile
  • Access to Daring Teams Rollout Program


Contact us today to bring Dare to Lead ™ to your organization or to be placed on a waitlist for our next in-person or virtual training.



Chris Lunsford (she/her), LCSW is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Improv Mental Health Association, Chief Executive Officer for Empathic Workplace and Chief Operating Officer at Sanctuary Counseling of WNY and Improv Therapy Group. Chris’ work with these organizations focuses on providing trauma informed and inclusive healing modalities to diverse populations within Western New York and worldwide.

Chris has over 15 years of experience in organizational development and leadership, clinical counseling, supervision, program development, and is a skilled facilitator and trainer. Chris is also certified Dare to Lead ™ facilitator, an EMDR Certified Clinician and Consultant in Training, and a yoga teacher. She leads grounded in her value of courage; this value drives her clinical work and her work in leadership development. Chris uses the tenants of Dare to Lead™️ to build trust in teams using the lens of social justice, inclusion and belonging.

Chris believes in the power of improv and has personally experienced the power of “Yes, And “ in her life. She is passionate about connecting others to this powerful modality whether it be for clinical, professional, or leadership development. Chris works to help others show up in the world authentically and courageously. She supports others in building emotional intelligence and psychological flexibility in order to facilitate personal and collective healing. She believes that the practice of improv helps others to build compassionate connections with ourselves and within our communities.


Angela Nino, MSW, CFI (she/her/hers) is Co-Founder of Improv Therapy Group; Founder and President of Empathic Workplace, Co-Founder and President of Improv Mental Health Association, and Treatment Coordinator (therapist) at Suncloud Health, an integrative residential treatment center for substance use, eating disorders, mood disorders, and trauma.

As the CEO of Improv Therapy Group, Angela led the digital transformation during the pandemic to bring improv to therapists and helping professionals all over the world.  She regularly develops and leads the implementation of improv programs in various settings ranging from treatment centers to corporate environments.  Angela is a graduate of the Second City Training Center improv program and has performed in several Second City Training Center shows. 

As the Founder and President of Empathic Workplace, Angela brought her experience with behavior interpretation, interviewing techniques, investigations, and difficult conversations and combined that with her values of authenticity, intention, and emotional intelligence to help organizations create and maintain an empathic workplace culture. 

Angela is a highly experienced and dynamic public speaker.   Angela has spoken at numerous conferences and given several keynote presentations. She is a veteran instructor and has influenced private enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Her techniques include the use of games, exercises and storytelling as a tool for building trust in a conversation.