Emily Ann Peterson - photo by Rah Foard (25 of 32)


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to support entrepreneurial survivors of trauma with a people-first, whole-person, salutogenic approach to sustainable business.



A business & career resilience consultant, certified trauma support specialist, and religious trauma subject matter expert with professional experience in the United States and abroad including coaching, speaking, media appearances, activism, mentorship, writing, research, and teaching.  


  • Business 
    • the power of (cult) influence & narcissism on business and marketing psychology
    • sustainable business & workplace practices for trauma survivors
  • Pedagogy
    • trauma-informed best practices
    • the benefits of salutogenic, self-governing approaches 



University of Wyoming, College of Business. Master of Business Administration. 2022. Studies emphasized the topics of coercive control, psychological marketing, and the power of (cult) influence on women and society. 


Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2007. Studies emphasized entrepreneurship, the music industry, and music performance.



International Trauma Institute, Arizona Trauma Institute, Certified Trauma Support Specialist, 2022.


Scrum Alliance, Certified ScrumMaster®, 2022.


International Trauma Institute, Arizona Trauma Institute, Certified Trauma & Resiliency Life Coach, 2022.


United Nations, International Council for Small Business, Sustainable Development Goals, 2020.


The Johns Hopkins University, Psychological First Aid, 2020.



  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), accredited by IAOTH, International Association of Therapists. 2021.
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) Life Coach,  accredited by the CPD Standards Agency. 2021.
  • Suzuki Cello Music Educator, Books 1-4, Suzuki Assoc. of the Americas. 2013.


Books Published 

2018. Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. In-house publication with global distribution. #1 Amazon bestseller in all 7 categories upon release. 

Musical Works

Ebb & Flow, LP, Cello Yoga, 2015.

Self-Titled, EP, Emily Ann Peterson, 2015.

Covered in Clover, LP, Emily Ann Peterson, 2019.

Dr. Ford, Single, Emily Ann Peterson, 2020.


Cutler, D. (2015). The Savvy Music Teacher: Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact, (p.22-23.). Oxford University Press.


The value of shared experiences; measuring worth beyond monetary value. TEDxTacoma. 2015.

Articles Written

Conversational Acrobatics: How to Deflect Sensitive Topics in Social Situations. Best-Self Magazine. 2018.

How to Increase Your YouTube subscribers with One Simple Link. DIY Musician. 2018.

Six tips to help overcome your fear of the stage. Thrive Global. 2017.

Press Interviews; full press portfolio here

Trauma-Informed Teaching. Interview with Emily Wright. Tamarack Arts Podcast. 2022.

New Seasons of Bravery: Her ET Helped Her Break Through a Glass Ceiling She Never Knew Existed. International Essential Tremor Foundation's Tremor Talk Magazine. 2019.

Interview with Author and TED Speaker Emily Ann Peterson About Essential Tremor, Hypothyroidism & Her Book "Bare Naked Bravery". Invisible Not Broken Podcast. 2019.

The Bravery, Self-Worth, and Curiosity of Time Management. Episode 129: The One Thing with Geoff Woods.


Faculty, The School of Bravery, 6/2018 - Present

  • Lectures and classes: online, live classes on sustainable business management practices
  • Students: creative professionals, solopreneurs, small business owners; wide range of education, experiences, origins, and perspectives
  • Curriculum: designed around the students' needs, requests, and current events. Topics include marketing principles, client acquisition, sustainability, consumer behavior, financial management, trauma resilience, conflict resolution, and more. 
  • Facilitation: group discussion, collaborative peer-led problem-solving, book clubs 
  • Office Hours: weekly private consults for small business owners

Faculty, The Song School. Planet Bluegrass’ Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. 2019.

  • Lectures and classes: advanced business-growth strategies utilizing automated systems
  • Students: creative professionals and musicians
  • Curriculum: adapted to music industry and stage performance demonstration techniques
  • Facilitation: group discussion, collaborative problem-solving
  • Office Hours: career mentorship for students in all stages of musical entrepreneurship. 

Faculty, Studio of Emily Ann Peterson, 2010-2017.

Started & scaled a cost-effective music school in downtown Seattle, WA. Cello instruction in private and group classroom environments utilized curriculum that incorporated strength-based, solution-driven pedagogical Suzuki methodologies aimed at holistic personal development.

  • 35+ weekly cello students; aged 4 - 84 years
  • Bi-annual collaborative recitals & community workshops.
  • Optimized scheduling for shared building space amongst a team of 7 music teachers
  • Led contract negotiation for building rental with a partner nonprofit organization 



Eradicating "starving artist mindset" to empower career growth. Presented at the Folk Alliance Regional Midwest. Grand Rapids, MI. 2019.

Using tools of technology to automate your creativity and career. Presented at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, Stamford, CT. 2019.

How to use creative courage and be bold at work. Presented to SunTrust Bank, Headquarters. Atlanta, GA. 2018.


Methods for using your fear to get what you want, grow your audience, and overcome self-promotion anxiety. Presented at Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance Conference, Chattanooga, TN. 2019.

Culminating presentation on discoveries and highlights from Artist Residency. Presented at The Grünewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA. 2015.

Panel Contributor

Building a sustainable self-managed artist career. Hosted by the International Folk Alliance, New Orleans, LA. 2020.



Artist Residency

Grünewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA. 2015. 6 weeks spent writing and recording new music to release throughout following years.


  • International Trauma Institute
  • Association for Contextual Behavior Science
  • International Council for Small Business
  • Global Center for Religious Research
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • International Essential Tremor Foundation 
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Grammy’s
  • Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians
  • Folk Alliance International
  • Progressive Journalists Association


Advisory Board Member

University of Wyoming, College of Business, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. 2021-Present

Court-Appointed Special Advocate

CASA Nashville. 2022-Present



Founding Owner / EAP Media Int’l / 2008 - Present

  • Leads a team of six contractors to execute operations for subsidiary businesses and initiatives including The School of Bravery, Songs of Bravery Songwriter Showcase, and the Bare Naked Bravery Podcast and corresponding book 

Founder, Author & Podcast Host / The School of Bravery / 2016 - Present

  • Creates pre-recorded one-to-many courses with a subscription model while maintaining a client retention rate of 98%
  • Recruits guest faculty to diversify content and capitalize on partnership marketing opportunities
  • Generates client leads through free class offerings on the website landing pages and promotions in the Bare Naked Bravery Podcast and Book
  • Fosters a rich online community by engaging student volunteers to host virtual work parties and discussion groups

Podcast Creator and Host / Bare Naked Bravery Podcast / 2016 - Present

  • Founded and produced a podcast that released 57 episodes in its first year that became the outline for the self-published book “Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous”
  • Garnered 41,000 downloads to date and grew listenership by 25x from the first to the most recent episode
  • Monetized content through running social media and search engine ads

Co-Founder & Faculty Member / Coda School of Music / 2015 - 2017 

  • Collaborated with two teachers to start a cost-effective, safe for children music school in downtown Seattle
  • Negotiated terms with a partner organization to allow the school to teach out of two designated unutilized rooms and scheduled teachers to optimize the space
  • Scaled the school and scheduling system to accommodate seven teachers and facilitated collaborative recitals and community events with all teachers and students

Client Assistant & Content Manager / Litfuse Publicity Group /  June 2014 - Sept. 2014

  • Managed ongoing marketing strategy for six authors through stewarding Pinterest accounts, building blog partnerships, and writing press releases for book launches
  • Grew average monthly views on an author's Pinterest account by up to 262% and increased traffic to their website by up to 881% through scheduling software, strategic content marketing, and partnerships with other Pinterest social accounts

Publicity, Marketing & Event Coordinator / Fremont Abbey Arts Center / 2008 - 2010

  • Built relationships with targeted local journalists, organizations, and publications and wrote press releases to publicize ticketed events for ranging between 100 and 350 attendees
  • Engaged university students to design a Seattle Weekly Webby Award-winning website to cut costs, steward a relationship with the university and improve the user experience
  • Increased private event profit margins by over 200% by researching competitor pricing, identifying an opportunity to charge the true value of the product offering and restructuring rental prices

Marketing Manager & Musician / Live Jubilee / Feb. 2008 - May 2011

  • Raised awareness of anti-human trafficking initiatives through playing music and speaking publically at concerts, events, and conferences
  • Strategized digital marketing campaigns to generate an online fanbase to reach thousands of listeners at live events
  • Worked with the national press to generate organic growth and awareness through writing press releases and coordinating publicity coverage

Distribution & Communications Intern  / Sub Pop Records  / June 2008 - Oct. 2011

  • Innovated and implemented a reliable and elaborate system to coordinate a constantly rotating set of 20 touring artists, their album releases, and promotion for their upcoming shows across the country at over 150 national record stores each.

Paralegal & Office Manager  / Jablonski Law Group / Jan. 2008 - April 2008

  • Supported an intellectual property attorney by enforcing deadlines, filing paperwork with the US Patent Office, and recording client meeting notes as necessary to file patents accurately.

International Music Director / Radyo Shema Turkey / 98.0 FM / 2006 - 2008

  • Updated the station’s music library to acquire new music for the station and reach a new demographic of listeners
  • Led outreach to American artists to connect them with the station, receive rights to play their music, and ensure all artists could collect royalties

Disc Jockey & Music Reviewer / 88.1 KTXT FM / 2004 - 2007

  • Acted as an on-air DJ for the college radio station
  • Selected music from submissions to identify quality songs that reflected target listener preferences while adhering to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards


Current Project: The Effect of Adverse Religious Experiences (AREs) on Work & Career