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Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known speaker, a leading expert on the impostor syndrome, and author of 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 with Crown Business, a division of Random House, now available in five languages.

Her career-related tips have been cited in these and dozens of other business and popular publications around the world. In addition Valerie has been interviewed on countless national and local radio programs in the US and Canada and on WPIX Channel 11 news in New York and Yahoo.


A former manager of strategic marketing at a Fortune 200 company herself, Dr. Valerie Young has shared her highly relatable and practical advice to tens of thousands of executives, managers, and professionals at these and many other companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe.


Impostor feelings are pervasive in higher education. Little wonder that Valerie has spoken to tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at over 70 major colleges and universities including:

Amherst College
Boston University
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University (2x)
Cal Tech (2x)
Clarkson University
Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University (6x)
Colby College
Columbia University (2x)
Dartmouth College
Duke University (2x)
Emory University
Harvard University (5x)
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana Tech
MIT (5x)
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Meharry Medical College
Michigan State University
Michigan Technical University
Mount Holyoke College
NYU Medical School
North Carolina State University
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Radcliffe College
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Scripps Institute
Stowers Institute Stanford University (3x)
Syracuse University
State University of New York
Texas A&M University
University of British Columbia
University of California Irvine, Davis (4x), Santa Cruz (2x), Berkeley (3x), SF (3x)
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Houston
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Kansas (2x)
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts
University of Maryland
University of Michigan (2x)
University of Missouri
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina (3x)
University of North Dakota
University of Ohio
University of Pennsylvania (3x)
University of Pittsburgh (2x)
University of Texas (3x)
University of the Pacific
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Wake Forest University
Wayne State University
Western University (Canada)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University

Valerie’s insight and humor have made her a popular keynote and guest speaker at numerous conferences and association meetings including:

Alberta Business Women
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Society for Mechanical Engineers
American Society for Microbiology
American Women in Radio and Television
Association of Women in Science
Bernardsville, NY Business Women
Connecticut Bar Association
Helena Montana Women’s Leadership Network
Hampshire Country (MA) District Attorney Office
International Association of Venue Managers
Iowa Women’s Conference
Leadership Alliance
Massachusetts Library System
Men of Color in STEM Symposium
Michigan Women Psychologists
Mineral, Metals, and Materials Society
Montana Association of Female Executives
National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates & Women Engineering Program Advocate Network (Joint Conference)
National Association of Social Workers
National Lung Cancer Partnership
Professional Secretaries International
Society of Women Engineers
Utah Women Attorneys
Women’s Enterprise Center, British Columbia
Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan
Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
Women in Jewelry Association
Women of Vision (Optometrists)
YWCA of North Central Indiana
Zonta International


In addition to her work on impostors syndrome Valerie is widely recognized as a thought-leader on thinking outside the job box. Since 1995 she has been the founder and Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com — an online resource for people who want to make a living doing what they love… without a job. Over 24,000 people subscribe to the Changing Course Newsletter.

And Valerie is the creator of the first and only training program that teaches people how to serve the career change needs of people who want to do their own thing. To date, over 350 people from 19 countries have trained with Valerie to become licensed Profiting from Your Passions® coaches.

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Other books by Valerie Young:

Being Realistic is Killing Your Dreams: 7 Lessons for Living Life on Purpose, Working at What You Love, and Following Your Own Road (Changing Course Publishing)

It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Calling: A Handbook to Help You Find Your Passion – and Get a Life (Changing Course Publishing)

There’s Got to Be More to Life Than This! 10 Steps to Escaping the Job World and Creating the Life You Really Want Personal Planner (Changing Course Publishing)

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