Cara Brookins

Cara Brookins built her own 3,500 square foot house by watching YouTube tutorials. After surviving domestic violence, she was faced with stark challenge of providing for her four children, with no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home—but without the means to buy one—she did something incredible. She built one from scratch while rebuilding her family.

I help people do hard things and motivate them to push past fear and take the first step toward building the life they want. – Cara Brookins

Cara uses real-life examples from her unconventional construction site and shares stories of teamwork, perseverance, and overcoming incredible odds. Her tactics of self-empowerment show how to blend an imperfect mix of personalities, talents, and temperaments into a cohesive, unstoppable team. Cara will challenge your team to set and achieve larger goals.

Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, Cara decided to build a house from the foundation up with a work crew comprised of her four children. Convinced that by building a house, they could rebuild their broken family, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls, and laid bricks. In the end, they had built a two-story, five-bedroom house. Cara’s story is an inspiring blueprint. It traces her family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves—all thanks to one impossible, extraordinary do-it-yourself project.

Cara offers strategies that apply to every level of your organization and will change the way you live and work. She is the author of eight books, including Rise: How a House Built a Family, which has been optioned as a major motion picture, Rise, featuring A-list actors and due for release in 2020. Cara has appeared on The Today Show, CBS, and Inside Edition and been featured in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Southern Living. Cara Brookins is available for virtual events.