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Brooke Deterline    

Partner & CEO of Courageous Leadership

As CEO of Courageous Leadership, LLC, Brooke and her colleagues help boards, executives, and teams develop the understanding and skills to act with ethical courage and ingenuity in the face of challenging situations. Building on her experience as the founding Corporate Director for the Heroic Imagination Project with Phil Zimbardo from Stanford University, she combines social and cognitive psychology and a strategic focus with a passion for leadership, empowerment, collaboration, and social and environmental justice.

Brooke currently has a Huffington Post blog series on the science of Courageous Leadership in Business. Brooke and her Courageous Leadership team have supported companies including Google, Kaiser Permanente, Columbia University Medical Center, MIT Sloan Management, and the Australian Government in conversations with their teams about ethical courage, radical collaboration and true diversity inclusion. Their most recent support was for Watermark’s Board Access Program – an initiative for the inclusion of women leaders on boards.

An expert in enhancing overall organizational health and performance, Brooke and her team use cutting-edge social science and proven techniques to build inclusive, creative, collaborative, high-performing teams and organizations.

A sought-after speaker, Brooke’s talks are highly interactive, compelling and effective. Her audiences learn evidence-based, easily applicable tools to upend non-productive team behavior that leads to poor decisions under fire, corporate missteps and financial loss.

Speech Topics


Achieve the awareness, skills and social support to help ensure ethically courageous and wise individual and team action under pressure.

Team Building for Collaboration and Organizational Resilience

Build Socially Fit teams to increase competence, collaboration, morale and organizational resilience. Similar to athletes, teams learn to leverage stress and adrenaline in challenging times to improve performance through new mindsets, increased collaboration, and social support.

Risk Management

Ensure that teams have the required awareness and skills to consistently act with ethical courage under pressure. This circumvents the often invisible social dynamics that lead to small and large-scale disasters, scandal, and significant human capital and financial loss.

Empowering a Diverse Workforce

Identify unconscious bias and social influences that can inhibit full engagement from diverse teams to honor and empower all voices and communication styles.

Stress Management

Learn to leverage stress and adrenaline to improve performance, increase competence and collaboration, and improve well-being and performance.

Develop the Power of Courageous Leadership

Develop ethically courageous leaders who are trusted, respected, and effective by ensuring that they have the skills to act in accord with their values while under pressure to inspire the best in others.

Women in Leadership

Understand the unique opportunities and challenges facing women in leadership. Empower women with the understanding and skills to positively and powerfully influence teams and organizations. Safeguard against invisible and negative situational influences. Help raise team and organizational awareness of unconscious bias and patterns that hinder the greatest engagement and collaboration.


What Paul Ryan's Demand for Family Time Could Mean for All of Us

One of the best things that could happen to our democracy is if Paul Ryan got his wish -- and, if it was guaranteed to his colleagues and all of his fellow citizens.

Finally! Wall Street Cops Look to Ethically Courageous Cultures to Ensure Integrity

Financial regulators are (finally) beginning to consider reforms that get to the heart of American's distrust of the financial system, addressing not just codes of conduct but...

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