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As you can see from the evaluations, your workshop was OVERWHELMINGLY the most well received content of the event! It was very meaningful to me to have the opportunity to reconnect with you again after so many years. Your talk was as powerful to me now as it was when I was a student and I just feel so thankful that I had exposure to your ideas so early in my career! I hope this begins a long relationship between yourself and IBM.
—Christine Dunbar, Director, Photomask Technology & Operations IBM Systems & Technology Group

Thanks for doing such a great job. People are still talking about your fabulous presentation. It was fantastic.
—Elizabeth Mason Intel Corporation

[On your talk at Apple] You knocked it out of the proverbial park last night.
—Francine Gordon, Ph.D. CEO, Womennovation, Chair, SVForum Tech Women

I personally attended the entire three-hour workshop that Valerie Young conducted at Carnegie Mellon University on the imposter syndrome. I found the workshop to be extremely useful in my position as Dean. I strongly recommend the workshop for any leader at any level to better understand the extent of, symptoms of, causes of and strategies to lessen the effects of this syndrome.

I found Valerie’s coverage of the topic to be very accessible, bolstered with data and excellent examples, and very practical. I left the workshop with a number of actions I will take immediately to begin to help those with this syndrome, and with a commitment to make long-lasting changes that will lessen the effects of this syndrome on students, faculty and staff in the College of Engineering.
—Jim Garrett, Jr. Dean, College of Engineering Carnegie Mellon University

Your presentation on the Impostor Syndrome drew undergraduates, graduate students, administrators, and even some faculty members. I was pleased to hear a significant number of male students (as well as females) participating in the discussion. Clearly, our students had no trouble identifying the “rules” for behaving like an Imposter. High achievers, like the MIT audience, need an opportunity to express what it’s like to fear ever not knowing the “answer.” You opened up a valuable discussion on our campus.
—Hannah Bernstein, Assistant Director MIT Careers Office

“Fascinating!” “Enlightening!” “A great speaker!” Those are just a few of the comments I heard following Dr. Young’s keynote address at our annual Tribute to Women fundraising event. Dr. Young’s insights into the Imposter Syndrome resonated with both women and men at the 500 person luncheon. Not only did she help us understand the Syndrome and its potential impact but she did so in an engaging, often humorous way which was pitch perfect for our event! I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Young as a keynote speaker to any organization looking for a fascinating topic and a tremendously engaging speaker.
—Amanda Ceravolo, Director, Public Relations & Special Events, YWCA North Central Indiana

Thanks for a superb program. Your sharp wit and stunning anecdotes kept the audience tuned in to the content of the program and your specific examples of how the syndrome can be destructive professionally struck a familiar cord with many of the attendees… Financially, the program was a great success. As a result of this program, our society raised over $1,500 toward our scholarship fund. We hope to have you back in Maine in the near future.
—Kristie Rabasca President Maine Section of the Society of Women Engineers

Your presentation was a huge hit and was very helpful in setting a supportive tone for the weekend’s program. We have received nothing but positive feedback from all who attended. Your subject matter clearly resonated with our participants as was evidenced by the fact that people continued to make references to your talk throughout the program. I’m so glad you were able to join us and share your wisdom and humor with the entire group this time.
—Karen Ball Chair, Leadership Alliance National Symposium

You are an excellent presenter bringing humor, practicality and great depth of thought to your presentations and your comments sparked lively discussions among the law firm partners. I highly recommend you as a supportive, informative and motivational speaker.
—Sara Holtz, Principal of Client Focus and former Chief Counsel for Nestle Corporation and current

I tend to go into presentations like that with much skepticism. I read a lot and attend many seminars and find that most are simply takeoffs of each other and versions of popular trends and books. Your presentation was refreshing however, and provided me with new insights and information. Thanks!
—Trish Berry former Recruiter from Dow Chemical and current Director of Women in Engineering Program, University of Texas

I attended an afternoon-long faculty session by Dr. Valerie Young session as part of a Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society national conference on diversity in STEM. It would be quite helpful for new faculty and hope my university consider this sometime in the future!
—Jacob L. Jones Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Director, Analytical Instrumentation Facility, North Carolina State University

Dr. Valerie Young’s talk to our Postdoctoral Trainees about the imposter syndrome was very well received. We had a great turnout.
Lily Secora, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Columbia University and Columbia Medical Center

The workshop you did for Michigan Women Psychologists was a hit! The material was easy to apply, both personally and professionally. The small group work was terrific. Many of us are in solo practice, and we enjoyed connecting with and learning from one another. People left smiling!
—Sabine Chrisman, Ph.D., Continuing Education Chair Michigan Women Psychologists

This is definitely one of the largest responses we have had to any workshop. 
—Terri Kennelly-Cook, Diversity Program, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

“Eye opening about prevalence [of impostor feelings],” as one participant put it. We had to get a bigger room to accommodate the registrants, the room remained filled at the end, and those that had to leave early asked me if I could pass along the notes. “I am sure everyone in attendance knew exactly what she was talking about. Amazing isn’t it?” another person remarked. The feel-good comments, however, were those that spoke about, “[having learned] how to cope with feelings of doubt and battling the desire to aim low.”
—Robert Tillman, Ph.D., Director, Faculty Professional Development, Columbia University Medical Center

In the 5 years we have been sponsoring a university-wide Women in Medicine & Science Forum, your session was the first in which attendance exceeded our seating capacity. The feedback from the standing-room only audience of women faculty and trainees was exceptionally positive and many indicated that they were both inspired and motivated by your presentation. I am certain that by your sharing your observations and insights regarding the imposter syndrome, you are making a significant contribution to the advancement of women in the workplace. Please let us know if you are ever in our neighborhood again!
—Darlene F. Zellers, PhD, Director, Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences and Office of Academic Career Development., University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

This seminar was very well received. We had more than 140 attendees, which is the highest attendance we have ever had in this seminar series. Our seminars are typically aimed at graduate students in Chemistry, but for this seminar we advertised to the entire Emory Laney Graduate School and had more than twice the turnout we had expected. Students, staff, and faculty members were talking about it for days after the seminar.

Valerie Young is a dynamic speaker who will engage the audience and draw everyone into the conversation and her seminar covers important topics that are relevant for everyone in every career track. Many students thanked me for bringing in such an interesting speaker to talk about such an important topic. And several staff members admitted they did not realize that the topic would hit home for them so directly and others said they plan to read more information on the Imposter Syndrome and then engage coworkers in informal conversation about the topic. Thanks again for a terrific seminar!
—Dr. Susanna Widicus Weaver, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Emory University