Faculty & Guest Experts
Our online monthly membership curriculum is focused on the 12 ingredients of bravery outlined in Emily Ann Peterson's bestselling book, Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. Thanks to our stellar lineup of faculty, every week our students get to dive into a new layer of bravery!
Emily Ann Peterson
Founder, Masterclasses & Group Coaching
Singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and #1 bestselling author of the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous, Emily Ann Peterson is best known by her fans, clients, and students for her uncanny ability to melt down difficult, throat-clenching stories and challenges into easy, step-by-step breaths of fresh air. Her clients and students will tell you she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to their life, career, and creativity.
- Trusted By "The Big Guys": Fortune500 companies, executives, and tech startups hire her as a consultant, coach, and speaker.
- Street Smarts, meet Book Smarts: 15 years of successful creative entrepreneurship began with a degree in business management.
- Life PhD in First Impressions: Surviving & recovering from an eating disorder gives her the empathy and skills to help others minimize the stress of "putting yourself out there."
- Her Secret Sauce? Songwriting! She can take a complicated, yet crucial subject (like bravery) and synthesize it into a compelling and easy experience!
With a Master's degree in Gerontology and a long list of personal experience in grief and loss, Janet Haney is an expert on life transitions (aka seasons of bravery!) She is an author and creative journaling teacher with a mission to empower her audiences to tell their story. Her books Write Your Way Through Change and Hello Nobody: Standing at the Door of Grief Alone - What to Do When Life Changes have found their place in the hearts of readers around the world. She hosts our monthly Creative Journaling Class!
Yoga teacher trainer, body movement expert, and perpetual student of all things spiritual. Heavily influenced by teachers like Douglas Brooks, Joseph Campbell and Alan Watts, Ashton Szabo brings a universality to his teachings that extends beyond just the realms of yoga. His concern is for the opening expansion and well-being of his students (aka bravery!) Ashton strives to help each student find what is useful for them in realizing their fullest potential. He provides our students with a monthly yoga class recording!
Kate Fontana has dedicated herself to the beauty and mess of community building, justice, love, and spiritual & personal growth for all. She is the founder of The Sanctuary NW and is bravery pursuing a Master's of Divinity at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She is deeply informed by Catholic social teaching; inter-spirituality; rhythms of liturgy, bodies, and nature; Sacred Feminine traditions of Christianity and Yoga; an unexpected friendship with Jesus; and a theological blend of Harry Potter, the Bhagavad Gita, Battlestar Galactica, and the Gospels. Kate provides us with a monthly meditation!
Erin Mae Lewis
Productivity Work Party Meetup
This freelance folk musician and mountain dulcimer teacher has carved her own path every step of the way. She has a degree from South Plains College in Commercial Music, where she was the first student to study mountain dulcimer. She continues today to be a leader of innovation and education amongst her musical genre. Erin Mae's passion is to empower and equip others to find their own creative expression in the world. She hosts our monthly Productivity Accountability Work Party Meetup which helps our students get their bravest to-do list done!
Booking & Publicity Work Party Meetup
This award-winning, internationally performing songwriter not only has his Master's in Adult Education but also has 28 years of experience in the US public school system. Rooted in his local music community, he co-founded the Songwriters Circle of Kansas City and hosts their monthly showcase concert for regional songwriters. For The School of Bravery, David offers consultation on booking and publicity and hosts our monthly Booking Extravaganza Work Party Meetup which helps our students get more visibility for their creativity, careers, and businesses.
Each month we host an outside expert to speak on our monthly theme. Here are some of our favorites:
CrisMarie Campbell & Susan Clarke
CrisMarie Campbell, an Olympic rower, Boeing flight test engineer has her MBA, and Susan Clarke, a former marriage therapist and Equus coach, are the authors of The Beauty of Conflict: Harnessing Your Team’s Competitive Advantage and their new book The Beauty of Conflict for Couples. As partners in work and life for over two decades, they’ve adapted their proven step-by-step process honed working with Fortune 100 Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, AT&T and San Francisco Giants to help long-term couples use conflict as a catalyst to greater intimacy, passion, and fulfillment.
Podcast Episode: The Beauty of Conflict & Friction in Relationships
Students-Only Interview: Tools for Resolving Conflict
Gold Coast, Australia
A diploma of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a qualified Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner, and a Deep State Re-Patterning Therapist are some of the professional qualifications and tools that Amber brings to her work around emotional, mental, and spiritual self-mastery, and she is the author of The Unf*ckwithable Life and the host of the podcast and YouTube series, Just Be You and founder of The Calm Mind Project.
Students-Only Interview: Getting Honest - Is It Fear or Intuition?
With a Ph.D. in Communications, her business Communication Rebel® was founded on the belief that communication changes the world, so that’s what she helps business owners and speakers do: rebel against the status quo to make a difference, one compelling message at a time. She is the author of 3 books including the newly released 3 Word Rebellion: Create a One-of-a-kind Message that Grows Your Business into a Movement and the host of the Rebel Rising podcast. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her adoring husband, three obsessive felines, and a huge collection of Duran Duran memorabilia.
Podcast Episode: Your 3 Word Rebellion
Students-Only Interview: Finding Your 3 Word Rebellion
As a former elite athlete and physical therapist, Fabienne Raphaeël brings a high level of energy, radiance, and authenticity to lead her business building clients to live their true purpose and get paid for it! She is also an athlete's mentor for 500 athletes with the Canadian delegation for the next Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. She will also be a judge at the next Changemakers Global Unite Awards in the category “Podcasters” in Sweden.
Students-Only Interview: The One Thing You Need Before Taking a Big Risk
A gifted songwriter and performer, Ellis is known for her stirring lyrics, open-hearted performances and contagious laughter. She got her start at coffee shops and now tours the folk circuit with nine albums to her credit. She has been a four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion, and Ellis has won more than a dozen songwriting and live performance awards.
Podcast Episode: Undefended Living
Students-Only Interview: Crucial Tools for ADHD & Creativity
This former attorney, now songwriter, is also a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, a rebel, a seeker, a light chaser, a book reader, an activist, a philanthropist, an attorney, a dancer, a baker, a music lover, a nature girl, and a truth sayer.
Podcast Episode: Finding Your Boundaries
Students-Only Interview: The Practicalities of Contracts & Agreements
She is a healer, writer, and business coach. She creates books, breathwork, and retreats that help peeps get in touch with and stay true to their deepest selves -- not their popular-on-Instagram selves or 'professional' selves or 'what would be most profitable' selves, but their *soul* selves.
Podcast Episode: 5 Red Flags of Poor Planning
Students-Only Training: The Power of Breathwork
When Susan lost her shyness she started feeling more confident and realized there was nothing wrong with her. Then she started a blog and found lots of other introverts who were just like her. It made her very happy. And social media came along and made connecting with new friends even easier. Now Susan has a mission – to help quiet people advocate for themselves and be proud of being an introvert.
Students-Only Interview: Introverted Super Powers
Los Angeles, CA
This certified personal stylist, Style Coach™, media personality, and author of Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab! entered the fashion industry as a fit model over 15 years ago, after which she began consulting for established bathing suit and lingerie brands like Felina, Manhattan Beachwear, Sunsets Inc., and Frederick’s of Hollywood. Rayne prides herself in teaching her clients how to make a garment FIT and FEEL better on their customers before going into production.
Students-Only Interview: The Psychology of Color
Los Angeles, CA
Founder of Visibility Vixen®, Michelle is a Visibility Expert who specializes in helping launching entrepreneurs skyrocket their visibility, monetize their success and bring their unique message into the online space. Through her courses, podcast and facebook group “The Visible Entrepreneur” – she comes alongside each student to show them how to set up their systems, perfect their branding, and get on camera for video and live streaming to grow their business.
Students-Only Interview: Livestreaming & Conquering New Mediums of Communication