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Valerie Young

Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

  Dr. Valerie Young
  John Bahcall Auditorium
  October 3, 2017
  2:00 p.m.

Millions of people around the world from CEOs to college students to A-list actors secretly worry they’re not as bright or capable as everyone thinks they are. It’s called the Impostor Syndrome — and Dr. Valerie Young has the cure.

In her decades of in-the-trenches research, Dr. Valerie Young has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished men and women experience this crushing self-doubt known as Imposter Syndrome. Combining insightful analysis with effective advice and anecdotes, she explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it manifests in your life. With her empowering, step-by-step plan, you will learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel—and act—as bright and capable as others already know you are. In this seminar you will learn:

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-recognized expert on impostor syndrome and author of the award-winning book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It. Valerie is a former manager of strategic marketing and communications at CIGNA Corporation. Her career-related tips have been cited in The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend magazine, Science, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Globe & Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail, The Irish Independent, on BBC radio and in dozens of other popular and business publications around the world.