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Dare to Lead™ Programme

The ultimate starting point for brave leaders, courageous cultures and organisational change. (As a Chamber member you can use code CECC500 at check out for a special $500 off offer)


Founded on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building programme, delivered by Boma New Zealand CEO and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Kaila Colbin.


What is Dare to Lead™?

Founded on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building programme designed to improve leader agility, team effectiveness and a thriving culture.

Brené has spent two decades studying shame and more than seven years specifically looking at leadership. During her research, she interviewed leaders from all over the world — from Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, public sector entities and more — and asked one question: what is the future of leadership?

Remarkably, their answers pointed to one thing: we need braver leaders.


Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy; is the author of six #1 New York Times best sellers; and is the host of the weekly Spotify original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.

This programme is facilitated by Kaila Colbin, CEO of Boma New Zealand and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.

What Learners Have Said

"The most valuable learning that I have ever done. I'm so pleased I brought along my practice leaders as it's given us a whole new vocabulary to work through the challenges we face in our mahi. This will have a huge impact on the culture of our fairly new team going forward.
— Kelly McGowan; cluster manager, Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour


"Having attended many leadership programmes over the years, this is hands down the best experience I have had — the most reflective, challenging and of immediate value."
— Mari Hunter; strategic business programme lead, The Co-Operative Bank

Who Should Attend


  • be better equipped to deal with difficult conversations;

  • reduce unhealthy and unproductive behaviour;

  • be more creative and innovative;

  • build resilience and improve alignment; and

  • foster a culture of accountability and trust.


  • you're in a position of leadership within your organisation;

  • you see the potential in people and processes, and are willing to take responsibility for achieving that potential;

  • you’re passionate about accelerating performance in yourself and others; and

  • you have to navigate organisational change as part of your role.

Make Dare to Lead™ a team development opportunity.

To build courage in teams and organisations, it’s crucial to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations and whole hearts are the expectation.

Whether you work in a small team or a large organisation, we recommend you attend Dare to Lead™ with your colleagues whenever possible, so that you can all put your new skills into practice together.


The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research, and the foundation of Dare to Lead™, is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable and observable.


  • understanding how to effectively navigate vulnerability to unlock courage;
  • turning values from fluffy language into tangible, practical behaviours;
  • building a common culture of trust across your team; and
  • cultivating the skills to rise from setbacks and be more resilient.

Most importantly, you’ll be able to put the material into action at the programme by practicing the principles with your cohort, so that you leave prepared to implement the learning in your organisation.

Facilitated by

Kaila Colbin is founder and CEO of Boma, the 2022 Kea WCNZ Friend of New Zealand award winner and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. She is a renowned and sought after international public speaker, having presented to more than 25,000 people about the exponential technological trends coming our way and how we can be more intentional, intelligent and courageous about the future.

A serial entrepreneur since the age of 22, Kaila has dedicated more than 15 years to enhancing Aotearoa’s global connectedness and championing Aotearoa on the world stage. She spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia summits and was formerly the curator and licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica.

She is a co-founder and trustee of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome and has extensive governance experience, including serving as chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and deputy chair of ChristchurchNZ and CORE Education Ltd.

Kaila became a certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator after training with Brené Brown and has worked with thousands of people to increase courage as a core competency. She is also a certified ExO consultant, a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore, and a project management professional.

A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian. She holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

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