Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known 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 and she’s been interviewed on countless programs including the BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, and Yahoo Finance.


Corporate and Professional Firms

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

Higher Education

Valerie has spoken to tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at 90 colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Japan, and the UK. (* Indicates faculty development programs)

Alfred University

Amherst College

Bentley College

Boston University (3x)*

Brown University (2x)

Cal Tech (2x)

Carnegie Mellon University* (3x)

Case Western University (2x)

Claremont McKenna College

Clarkson University

Colby College*

Colorado School of Mines (2x)

Connecticut College*

Cornell University* (4x)

Columbia University (4x)

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Emory University

Harvard University (3x)

Indiana University Medical School

Johns Hopkins University

Louisiana Tech

MIT (6x)

Meharry Medical College (2x)

Michigan State University (2x)*

Michigan Technical University

Mount Holyoke College

NYU Medical School

Northern Arizona University

North Dakota State University

Northwestern University

Oakland University William Beaumont

Medical School

Ohio State University (2x)

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Oregon State University

Oxford University (UK)

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton University (2x)

Radcliffe College

Rensselaer Polytechnic University (2x)*

Scripps Research Institute

Simon Fraser University

Smith College

Southern New Hampshire University

Stanford University* (6x)

State University of New York

Stowers Institute

Syracuse University

Texas A&M University

University of British Columbia

University of California at Irvine, Davis, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, SF

University of Colorado (2x)

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

University of Houston

University of Illinois

University of Iowa

University of Kansas (2x)

University of Kentucky

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst
(3x) and Lowell

University of Michigan (4x)*

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri

University of New Hampshire

University of North Carolina*

University of Ohio

University of Oklahoma

University of the Pacific*

University of Pennsylvania (4x)

University of Pittsburgh (2x)

University of Texas (3x)

University of Utah

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin (2x)

Wake Forest University

Wayne State*

Western University

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Valerie’s insight and humor have made her a popular keynote and guest speaker at numerous conferences, association meetings, and entrepreneurial and executive development centers in the US and Canada including:

Alberta Business Women (Entrepreneurs)

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

California Girls State

College of Policing (UK)

Connecticut Bar Association

Helena Women’s Leadership Network

Hampshire Country MA District Attorneys Office

International Association of Venue Managers

Leadership Alliance

Massachusetts Library Association

Men of Color in STEM Symposium, Cornell University

Michigan Women Psychologists

Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society

MIT Lincoln Labs

Montana Association of Female Executives

National Association of Social Workers

National Lung Cancer Partnership

Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs

Professional Secretaries International

Romance Writers of America

Smith Executive Education for Women

Space Telescope Science Institute

Society of Women Engineers

Silicon Valley Tech Forum

Utah Women Attorneys

Women Engineering Program Advocate Network

Women’s Enterprise Center, British Columbia

Women’s Enterprise Center, Manitoba

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Women in Commercial Real Estate

Women in Trucking

Women in Cable Telecommunications

Women of Vision (Optometrists)

U.S. Consulate, Vancouver

YWCA of North Central Indiana

Zonta International

To learn about Valerie’s own impostor story, click here