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Brave Your Fear: Helping Women and Girls to Face Fears and Take Action
Monday December 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Crista Samaras, Founder and CEO, Brave Enterprises; and Katie Carroll, MPH, Research Analyst, Brave Enterprises
In this edWebinar, Crista Samaras, the founder and CEO of Brave Enterprises, talks about her 15 years of experience working with thousands of teenage girls and getting to the real base of insecurity, fear, grit, resilience, and bravery. Furthermore, Crista discusses how she’s designed Brave’s wild and original programming that addresses the emotional fears that hold people back from the things that scare them.
Brave has worked with over 4,000 participants in the last two years with a high concentration of girls and women. With outstanding efficacy rates, particularly among female participants, Brave’s dataset is packed with a robust and telling amount of quantitative and qualitative data around the link between bravery and confidence. This is corroborated with national and global statistics on confidence and self-esteem.
Confidence in girls starts decreasing by the age of 11 and continues to decrease through college. Though boys suffer decreases as well, men are shown to rebound later in life while women do not. Brave has discovered a fear inflection point that occurs in both girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 13, where “physical” fears are replaced by “emotional” fears.
The design of Brave’s programming is focused on developing interventions that address the management system of those emotional fears. The work is particularly effective for teenage girls who are beginning to feel social and systemic pressures to be perfect versus overwhelming messaging directed at boys to be brave. During Brave’s session, girls work to practice internal and external behavior, getting loads of repetition taking action outside of their comfort zones.
This edWebinar consists of four major parts, led by Crista:
- Discussion of Brave’s research and findings
- Explanation of the core principles of Brave’s programming design
- Introduction to personal bravery practice
To facilitate this incredible conversation, Crista will be joined by Katie Carroll, Brave’s Research Analyst, who will be representing Brave’s dataset.
The women cover the following topics:
- Brave language
- Categories of brave action
- 3 Ways to Be Brave
- Crush It Loop
- Underdog Mindset
This recorded edWebinar is vital to anyone who plays an important role in the life of kids K-12 and beyond, and anyone who is eager for more ways to positively impact their self-esteem and confidence. It will be useful for individuals who want to learn ways to initiate a personal bravery practice as well as those who want to translate it for their classrooms, teams, groups, companies or homes.
About the Presenters
Crista Samaras is the founder and CEO of Brave Enterprises. A graduate of Princeton University, she was selected Rookie of the Year, was a 3x All American, 4x All Ivy League pick, 2x Ivy League Player of the Year, and still holds the record for number of career points at Princeton. Crista was on the US Women’s Lacrosse Team from 1995-2007 and competed in both the 2001 and 2005 World Cup Games winning gold and silver medals. In 2005, she was twice named Player of the Match (vs. Canada and England).
Crista coached at Yale University before she started her own lacrosse companies in 2004, which focused on empowering female players. In the next 10 years, Crista coached thousands of junior women before she sold her teams in 2014. In 2012, she was the interim Head Coach at the University of Richmond and led the team from a #33 national ranking to a #13 national ranking in just three months. In 2016, Crista started Brave Enterprises. She lives in New York City.
Katie Carroll, Research Analyst at Brave Enterprises, graduated from Georgetown University in 2009, and from The George Washington University in 2016 with a masters in public health. She came to Brave Enterprises after witnessing the character programming as a coach and experiencing the impact in her own professional and personal life. Katie examines the data generated in the live sessions to monitor, evaluate, and influence the growth of Brave’s programming. She lives in Baltimore, MD.
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