Carolyn Herfurth is a leading business growth strategist and speaker with a global clientele.
For the past three decades, she’s focused her strategic sales, marketing and entrepreneurial skills to help launch hundreds of businesses and facilitate the growth of thousands more.
FROM FORTUNE 500 TO PURSUING PURPOSE
Carolyn began her career working “back of the room” sales at Tony Robbins events across the U.S., selling training programs to corporations, surpassing goals as a sales manager at Oracle, establishing the Minneapolis office of The Entrepreneur’s Source, and co-founding a massive franchise expo.
Her time at Oracle and selling to Fortune 500 companies gave her invaluable experience and insight into the corporate world. But it was at the helm of her accelerator for small business owners where she found a new passion — developing a winning approach that helped entrepreneurs align their mindset and values with their business, clients and other key stakeholders.
But impostor feelings proved to be a stumbling block. And since her own copy of her friend Valerie’s book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women was well marked-up from countless readings, she began to gift each client a copy and became inspired by the profound impact it had on them.
Industry Recognition for Carolyn Herfurth
Honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Recognized by Upsize Magazine for Best Practices in Customer Relations
Received numerous awards from The Entrepreneur’s Source, including her favorite “Woman On The Way”
Earned multiple President’s Club award trips during her corporate years
CO-FOUNDER aND LEGACY PRESERVER
Fast forward to 2020.
During their regular conversations over the dozen years they’ve known each other, Carolyn saw how busy Valerie was delivering her Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ program to audiences seeking a solution to combat the impact and costs of impostor syndrome.
But once she discovered how often other speakers and coaches rely on key concepts from Valerie’s book in their own work — they had a hunch that teams, organizations, presenters, workshop facilitators, coaches, associations, and higher ed organizations would want to learn from the world’s foremost expert on impostor syndrome — and further spread the practical information, insight and tools of Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™.
After all, who wouldn’t want to learn this proven, practical, immediately usable solution that’s been shared with over a half million people around the world?
And that’s when it clicked: Combine Carolyn’s three decades of experience helping entrepreneurs translate their personal values into profitable business models with Valerie’s widely recognized, proven expertise, and join forces to co-found Impostor Syndrome Institute to stamp out impostor syndrome worldwide.
GUIDING FORCE OF IMPOSTOR SYNDROME INSTITUTE
Today, as one of ISI’s guiding forces, Carolyn brings her boundless energy to:
Deliver keynotes to major corporations around the world to educate executives and employees alike on what impostor syndrome is, where it comes from, how it impacts productivity (and profits!) in the workplace and what to do about it
Establish facilitator training within teams and organizations so in-house staff can incorporate ISI’s information, insight and practical tools into their business culture and counteract the negative effects of impostor syndrome so employees become even greater contributors in their roles
License professional speakers and workshop facilitators, showing them how to integrate Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ into their existing business model in order to expand and complement current and new client relationships, secure first and future clients with a potent, step-by-step sales strategy, and increase customer lifetime value
Certify coaches, HR managers, counselors, DE&I professionals, and mentors who are looking to effectively move clients through their feelings of impostor syndrome, develop a realistic understanding of competence and a healthy response to failure, mistakes, and constructive feedback to enable them to achieve their goals
If you’d like to get involved in stamping out impostor syndrome, take a look at the services Carolyn, Valerie and ISI have thoughtfully developed to support you.
I envision an imposter-free world – which starts by building an impostor-free culture within teams and organizations. Imagine all the good we’ll create when we no longer hold ourselves back.
Co-Founder of Impostor Syndrome Institute
Dr. Angela Dash is an executive and professional coach with 23 years of leadership experience. She works with individuals and organizations from diverse industries and geographical locations not only as a coach, but a group facilitator, trainer and organizational ombuds.
In addition to being a licensed associate of the Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ program and a member of our coach training faculty, Angela also serves as an adjunct faculty at New York University in the Department of Human Capital Management.