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Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome

How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They Think You Are:
Why Smart People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It. 

Learning Objectives

During this workshop you will learn:

  • How the Impostor Syndrome works
  • Creative ways impostors explain away their success
  • 7 perfectly good reasons why smart people feel like frauds
  • How your personal competence rule book may be setting you up to fall short
  • Procrastination, perfectionism and other unconscious coping strategies “impostors” use to avoid being found out and the price they pay for that protection
  • 5 important reasons why women are both more susceptible to and held back by impostor feelings
  • Practical steps to help you interrupt the Impostor Syndrome and end needless self-doubt

Program Description

Do you chalk accomplishments up to luck, timing, or other external factors? Do you agonize over even the smallest flaws in your work? Are you crushed by constructive criticism? Do you wonder if you’re really smart enough to be here? When you do well, do you secretly think, “fooled them again”?

These thoughts may come with a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that eventually you will be found out, and everyone will know that you are the one who doesn’t belong.

We have news for you: you most certainly DO belong and you are NOT a fraud.

Millions of people around the world worry that they’re not as bright or capable as people “think” they are. It’s called impostor syndrome. Fortunately, there is a cure. Come learn from internationally-recognized expert and author Dr. Valerie Young.


This workshop is open and relevant to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at any stage in any discipline or degree. Space is limited. 

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Registration Process

Imposter Syndrome will be held on Thurs., Nov. 14, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 PM.

Registration is closed.


Dr. Valerie Young