|  Blog Post   |  “You do more than teach the work. You embody it.”

“You do more than teach the work. You embody it.”

Quite possibly one of the best compliments. ?

Two days in a place I never expected that my work would bring me, and yet I was back for the third time in the Panhandle of Nebraska.

Monday it was day one of a full Dare to Lead™ training with the entire team of @PanhandlePublichealth. An amazing day with a truly amazing team. I am not sure I’ve ever worked with a team that cares more about one another. I am grateful to be a small part of helping them to navigate change and the aftermath of the last few years.

Tuesday, it was a morning keynote with the team at @wnccofficial. A team who has been through difficult times and yet really leaned into this work with me and welcomed me with so much love.

I love my job and am so grateful to the organizations who trust me to pour into their teams… especially when they then go and walk out the work and show the world how to love and lead well.

*the most challenging part of traveling for business for me is the lack of outside time, so it’s always my mission to find trees and water. I definitely succeeded this trip.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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