Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
4:30–6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
72 East Concord Street
Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided
From CEOs to PhDs to acclaimed actors, millions of people secretly worry they’re not as bright or as capable as they are perceived to be. This is known as the “Impostor Syndrome.” Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, will discuss the reasons why accomplished individuals feel as though they are “faking it,” and will provide insight and tools on how to eliminate this thought pattern.
Valerie Young, Author and Speaker
An internationally recognized expert on impostor syndrome, Valerie Young has spoken to students, faculty, administrators, and staff at more than 85 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Japan, including Stanford University, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is now back for a second time at Boston University. Impostor feelings continue well after college. That is why Young has spoken at such diverse organizations as Apple, Chrysler, Boeing, Facebook, Merck, Microsoft, Intel, Ernst & Young, IBM, BP, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business), now available in five languages. Her career-related tips have been featured in dozens of business and popular media outlets from India to Brazil, including BBC radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe. In addition to her work at ImpostorSyndrome.com, Young is the founder and Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com, where she has been showing change-seekers how to make a living without a job since 1995. Young holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and spent seven years in management at a Fortune 200 company.
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