Impostor Syndrome Institute

Impostor Syndrome Institute (ISI) is the official provider of information, insight and tools to organizations and individuals since 1983.

ISI was co-founded by Dr. Valerie Young, widely recognized as the foremost expert on impostor syndrome, and Carolyn Herfurth, a leading business growth strategist with experience that cuts across Fortune 500s, mid-sized businesses and independents such as speakers, thought leaders and small business owners.

Our Mission is Simple: Stamp Out Impostor Syndrome

Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ (RIS) is the name of our proven educational solution that has been delivered to over 500,000 people around the world.

Its vetted content is the basis for all of our keynotes/workshops, facilitator training for organizations, speaker licensing and coach certification training.

And our strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all forms is woven throughout all of our solutions.


Impostor syndrome is not just an “interesting self-help topic” — it’s a bottom line issue.

If you lead, manage, mentor, train, or coach people you need to understand impostor syndrome, its associated costs and consequences — and demand immediately usable solutions.


As a part of our global community, you have the rare opportunity to learn directly from Dr. Valerie Young — and get extensive access to a vetted program developed over four decades — saving you the time, effort, and money it would require to create on your own.

Solutions for Teams/Organizations, Higher Education, and Associations

Impostor-related thoughts and feelings lead to unproductive behaviors which are costly to individuals, teams and organization.

The goal of in-house solutions is not to “fix” anyone. Rather it’s to provide the information, insight, and tools needed to effectively address normal impostor feelings. Importantly, these same tools can be applied at the employee, team and/or organizational level with our proven solutions.

Coach Training

Studies find there's a 70-84% chance your coaching clients experience impostor syndrome. That's why you want to be fully versed in a practical, proven solution to help them break through.

Learn about our Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ Coach Training.

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