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At Integration Solutions, Inc., we believe that everything rises and falls on leadership. For this reason, we give close attention to professionals who are at the management level of organizations involved in promoting trauma-responsive care, resiliency and social emotional learning (SEL) within their organizations and systems of care.

Leaders experience mental and emotional pressure almost every day. This is because they carry huge responsibilities, and their actions will definitely affect the entire organization. Despite being at the top of the management level, leaders need help, too.

While society dictates that leaders should have no room for weaknesses, Dr. Brené Brown believes otherwise. In her research, she argues that being vulnerable is actually a courageous act because it requires you to be true to yourself, see your flaws, and admit that you need help.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” –Dr. Brené Brown

For this reason, Dr. Allison Jackson-Dyer (Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator or CDTLF) facilitates leadership workshops and seminars utilizing the Dare to Lead (TM) curriculum. 

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals. Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists. The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, training, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership. Individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour Dare to Lead program will receive a certificate of completion and are allowed to put a Dare to Lead Trained badge on their LinkedIn account. Further information is available at

Examples of Leadership Skills Include:

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability
  • Understanding Shame and Empathy
  • Learning about the 10 behaviors and cultural issues that leaders identified as getting in our way in organizations across the world
  • Exploring Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership
  • Building grounded confidence and rumbling skills
  • Effective ways to give feedback
  • Raising awareness of common empathy misses
  • Living into your values at work
  • Building and naming trust skills (BRAVING)
  • Learning to Rise after Falls
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A Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (CDTLF)

Allison Jackson, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer of Integration Solutions, Inc., where she provides trauma and resilience-informed education, technical assistance, and consulting to persons at all levels of leadership.

Dr. Jackson is a professional who has provided leadership development services via Behavioral Health, Education, Child Welfare, HealthCare and Criminal Justice systems for over 25 years. At the height of her corporate executive career, she worked for an international healthcare organization where she was National Vice President of Clinical Operations and National Trauma-Informed Service Line Leader. Partnering with the National Council of Behavioral HealthCare, she co-led 17 National Teams through the Council’s Trauma- Informed Learning Collaborative. 

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia, a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (CDTLF), Allison is passionate about supporting organizations committed to enhancing the lives of children and adults impacted by adversity. Her TEDx-RVA Talk, “A Call to Connection: Making Childhood Trauma Personal” has received over 110,000 views worldwide

As a leader, Dr. Jackson always challenges herself to live a life without pretension, and to face the world bravely every day.

Dr. Jackson hopes that through her work as a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, she can co-create even more opportunities with organizations and leaders invested in increasing empathy and self-compassion in their workplace culture which will result in greater prosperity, well-being and connectedness within our work places and society as a whole. 

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