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Practical, immediately usable steps to interrupt needless — and costly — self-doubt in yourself and/or in those you teach, manage, mentor, or parent

    FACT: People who don’t feel like impostors are no more intelligent, capable, qualified, or talented than those who do. They just think different thoughts. That’s why the only way to stop feeling like an impostor, is to stop thinking like an impostor.

    • Why impostor syndrome is not just a fancy term for “low self-esteem”
    • Surprisingly creative ways even highly accomplished people discount or minimize their abilities and accomplishments
    • Beyond gender: How impostor syndrome intersects with diversity and inclusion — and why it matters
    • 7 perfectly good reasons why smart people feel like frauds  (Hint: it’s not all in your head)
    • The 5 “Competence Types” and how they set you up to fall short
    • Procrastination, self-sabotage, and other coping strategies “impostors” use to avoid being found out
    • The high cost of impostor syndrome to individuals and organizations
    • It’s not all about you — everyone loses when bright people play small
    • Immediately usable steps you need to interrupt needless self-doubt in yourself and/or in those you teach, manage, or parent.

This program can be tailored to fit virtually any time slot from a dynamic 45 minute keynote presentation to an engaging 90 minute, two– or three-hour interactive seminar/workshop.

Learn from an Internationally-Recognized Expert, Speaker, and Award-Winning Author Dr. Valerie Young

Valerie has presented her informative and engaging program to over 100,000 people around the world including professionals, managers, and executives at these and other companies and firms.

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Valerie is also a sought-after speaker for such diverse associations and organizations as the Space Telescope Science Institute, Law Society of British Columbia, Society of Women Engineers, Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, American Society for Microbiology, College of Policing (UK), and Romance Writers of America. And over 90 colleges and universities including forty three R-1 institutions have invited Valerie to speak, including repeat invitations from Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, MIT, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and many others.

You’ll hear more than theory.

Valerie spent seven years in a Fortune 500 company — five in management — so she’s seen first hand how impostor syndrome can impact the bottom line. As the founding coordinator of and a trainer with the Social Justice Education program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she understands the ways in which impostor syndrome intersects with the larger issues of diversity and inclusion. And through her work at, Valerie has helped thousands of change seekers around the world to gain the confidence to become their own boss.

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Click here to see what clients have to say about Valerie

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 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


Click here to request Valerie speak at your organization or event or call 1-413-203-9754 ET.