I give expert advice to help you live Confident, Fearless & Safe.

Dara was a shy wall-flower who learned that even as a certified black belt instructor she lacked the confidence to ask for what she needed, set effective boundaries, or get the pay she deserved. She created this program to help every woman — including you!

 

Dara shows you how to speak so others listen, breakthrough self-limiting beliefs, and go for the pay and life of your dreams.

 

When you know how to Live Confident, Fearless, Safe you attract positive people who respect you and prosperous opportunities find you.

About Dara

In her words...

I love the work I do to help women find their authentic voice and power...

It took me most of my life to live as a confident woman. Ever since I was little, I had a desire to help women live more empowered– I remember watching the news and being quite upset when I would hear stories about women who were discriminated against because of gender.  There was a strong fire inside me, but it was hidden behind a wall of shyness and fear. 

In 2004, I started leading women's classes out of my garage in Berkeley CA...

At the time, I was frustrated that the black belt I had earned as a young adult (and spent many years training for) left me unprepared to handle common everyday situations. There were countless times I could not find my voice when others spoke over me at corporate meetings, or when fear held me back from taking chances, or when bosses justified paying me unfairly– even though I was the most qualified person in the room.

Little did I know I had started a women's movement...

The program I had developed (called Kurukula™), was a positive combination of teaching women to exude the ultimate body confidence with useful skills to thrive in our modern world. Quickly my program gained momentum. There were endorsements from women's organizations, police, therapists, and industry experts flooding in for the work I was doing. The need for empowering women with practical confidence was bigger than I had anticipated. After many years of training thousands of women, my fears finally subsided—I had found my true calling.

Now, I help women with speaking, training, masterminds, & private coaching... 

My mission is to help women speak up to be heard, get paid what we deserve, and kick fear to the curb™. I have often wondered if I had never discovered my full potential who would I be today? And how many other women are still out there living in the shadows– going unnoticed day after day? If this is you, I am here to support and guide you through your confidence transformation. If I can do it you can too. There is no other cause that is more important to me.

You deserve to Live Confident, Fearless, Safe. Join me on this mission!

I look forward to meeting you. 

You are amazing!

 

Accomplishments

2020

Published Flip Your Fear; Crack the Code on Fear & Get the Life You Want!
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2020

Professional Member of the National Speakers Association since 2019

2020
Published Jerky Johnny Workbook– Prevent Everyday Bullies & Corporate Harassment 

Available on Amazon

2017
Mayoral Award for Excellent Service, Danville, CA

2017
Mayoral Award for Excellent Service, San Ramon, CA

University of Rhode Island
Bachelor of Science Women's Studies

2020

"Best of 2020" Instruction, Albany, CA 

2020, 2019, 2018

International Speaking Competition Awards

2019
Published Someone You Know; Expert Secrets to Prevent Bullies, Sexual Assault, & Bad Relationships. 

An Amazon Top-Seller!

2017
Soroptimist International Award for Excellent Service Helping Women

2017
Published Jerky Johnny™, a safety & relationship game for ages 12+.
An Amazon Top 100 Toys

Certified Black-Belt Instructor

15+ years teaching Tae Kwon Do martial arts and sexual assault prevention

 

Awards & Grants 

ALBANY CALIFORNIA
POLICE DEPARTMENT
GIRLS INC. 
OF ALAMEDA COUNTY
NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE
GIRL SCOUTS
OF AMERICA
CONTRA COSTA PUBLIC EDUCATION FUND
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, YOUTH  & FAMILIES​

Founder, Author, Expert

FOUNDER — KURUKULA WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT

Dara, a certified black-belt instructor, started this award-winning program in 2004. She realized the need for a class beyond martial arts alone to help women successfully find their voice, exude confidence and handle every-day bullies, abusers & predators.

 

Dara's helps women speak up to be heard, get paid what you deserve, and

eliminate sexism, bullying and harassement.

You can live Confident, Fearless and Safe!

“After attending a presentation led by Dara, I came away with actionable tools to build a stronger, bolder presence in everyday interactions with both men and women. Dara has a keen awareness of meeting women right where they are and guiding them to increasing confidence.  I highly recommend her!”

Shelley Lumm, Owner JSL Auctions

 

AUTHOR — SOMEONE YOU KNOW © 2019
Do you know a controlling person? Do you deal with a bully co-worker or boss? Confidence expert Dara Connolly provides an easy, profound, and entertaining read to help you attract positive people and avoid the bad ones. Learn inside tools and tips to avoid unhealthy relationships before it's too late.

Available at  Amazon→

Someone You Know by Dara Connolly

"Above the buzz of #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the current Women’s Movement, what specific skills have you learned to prevent abusers from harming you? 

I give expert advice to keep you safe."

— Author, Dara Connolly

AUTHOR — JERKY JOHNNY® SAFETY GAME

Her years as a professional self-defense and sexual assault expert, Dara Connolly, teaches your teen daughters (and sons) practical life-skills for avoiding sexual assault in a fun game setting.

Jerky Johnny is an Amazon Top-Seller and listed as Amazon's Top 100 Toys. 

 

Teens are the highest risk group for dating violence and sexual assault. Jerky Johnny helps teach prevention skills before they are in a risky situation. A proven critical prevention tool for young women, the game is endorsed by therapists & police. Teens may play among themselves or with a parent to start a dialogue. 

 Available at Amazon→

CREATOR — JERKY JOHNNY® SAFETY GAME

"As a father of three daughters, I really appreciate the important work Jerky Johnny does for young women."

— Chief of Police Mike McQuiston, Albany CA (retired)

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