Emily Ann Peterson is a business coach, Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS), and director of The School of Bravery. She specializes in teaching empirically-proven, value-based business tools and strategies to brave survivors of religious trauma, high-control organizations, or other kinds of abusive experiences and relational structures.
Her mission is to dismantle undue influence and coercive control through the power of ethical commerce. She believes entrepreneurs are granted a unique opportunity that many survivors never receive; the practice of resolving trauma through the day-to-day demands of business!
Peterson is also a #1 Amazon best-selling author, singer-songwriter, keynote artist, and podcast host. She builds bravery amongst her fans, students, and audiences around the world by teaching the concepts outlined in her book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. She is a TEDx speaker and has been featured on BestSelf Magazine, Thrive Global and Seattle KING-5's New Day Northwest.
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Just before giving her TEDx on resonance and the value of shared experiences, Emily Ann Peterson was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor in 2013. This diagnosis forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist, string-arranger, and cello teacher. Refusing to lose her life's love of musical expression, in an act of neurological defiance she accepted an award of a 6-week artist residency to write new music in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
"My grief broke through a creative glass ceiling I never knew existed." says Peterson. She returned from the mountains with an armful of songs, some of which fans can now find on her self-titled EP release from 2014. While touring the US, her interactions with new audiences prompted a question, "If they say I'm brave, then why does this still feel like fear?"
Thus began her research which spanned 2 years of interviewing everyday heroes in pursuit of the true meaning of bravery. These conversations led to Peterson's discovery of the 12 ingredients of bravery, which are reflected in the brazenly honest guidance of her #1 Amazon bestselling self-help memoir, Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. By practicing the concepts in her book, readers are able to fully "show up" in the world -- learning to cope with medical conditions, breakups, divorce, depression, and a multitude of other challenges.
Her long-awaited, debut full-length folk-pop album, Covered in Clover, released in July 2019. Emily Ann Peterson co-produced the album with Gary Mula, former owner of the Dutchman and Calleye studio -- an early rehearsal space for grunge legends Nirvana and Mudhoney. She called upon other members of her musical family in Seattle, WA -- including Eric Howk of Portugal. The Man (Atlantic), Andrew Vait of the band SISTERS (Tender Loving Empire), Jess Alldredge (Gospel Song/Tooth & Nail), Alina To of Passenger String Quartet, and Scott Morning (Origin). Together they tracked 9 songs in a historic burlesque venue, The Columbia City Theater -- the perfect setting for a choir of horns, sweeping symphonic references, and melodies that only a former cellist could compose.
Since recording Covered in Clover and throughout the writing of her memoir, Peterson leaned into her business degree and relocated from the Pacific Northwest to Nashville, TN (aka Music City, USA). Fortune500 companies, executives, and tech startups seek out her expertise in creative courage, entrepreneurship, and growth strategy. She founded The School of Bravery in 2018 to give her clients and students a place online to prepare, launch, and recover from their own seasons of bravery.
Today, she works mostly as a business coach and Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS) for brave survivors of religious trauma, high-control organizations, or other kinds of abusive experiences and relational structures. Her mission is to dismantle undue influence and coercive control through the power of ethical commerce. Her clients learn empirically-proven, value-based tools & strategies tailored to work with their histories of trauma. She believes entrepreneurs are granted a unique opportunity many survivors never receive; the practice of resolving their trauma through the day-to-day demands of business!
Emily Ann Peterson is a TEDx speaker and an alumnus of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. She is expected to graduate with a Masters of Business Administration and Graduate Minor in Gender & Women's Studies from the University of Wyoming in August of 2022. She holds or has held membership in the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys), and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. As a collaborative recording artist, performer, string-arranger, and songwriter she has had the honor of working with Sera Cahoone (Sub Pop), Anaïs Mitchell, Shelby Earl, Shannon Stephens (Asthmatic Kitty), The Portland Cello Project, Rosie Thomas (Sub Pop), David Bazan (Barsuk), Karin Stevens Dance, Barcelona (Universal), and many others.
Learn more and join her community at www.schoolofbravery.com.
About a month after my official diagnosis (degenerative neurological hand tremor) and the day before I left for a 6-week artist residency, I gave a lecture at TEDxTacoma on the topic of "Resonance" and how we can value shared experiences.
6 months later I began the research for what would later become my book...