“Why Smart People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It” – A Jan. 24, 2012 WEPAN Webinar for all

PROMISE is partnering with the Women’s Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) to publicize a webinar on the “Imposter Syndrome.” Graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and career professionals who attended the August 2011 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) in Columbia, Maryland will remember that one of our keynote speakers, Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson from the National Science Foundation, defined and explained the “Imposter Syndrome” along with other issues that prevent success.  This webinar is free. It is open to women and men of all backgrounds and levels. For the purposes of PROMISE, we particularly hope that graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will take advantage of this opportunity.  The original paper on the “Imposter Syndrome” was published in 1978: Clance, Pauline Rose, and Imes, Suzanne Ament (1978). “The Impostor Phenomenon Among High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention”. Psychotherapy Theory, Research and Practice 15 (3): 241–47.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST

Register Here!


Do you often dismiss your accomplishments as luck or timing? Do you think, “If I can do it, anyone can”? When you do succeed do you think, “Whew, fooled them again”? It’s called the impostor syndrome.

You will leave this session understanding what the impostor syndrome is and how it works, the reasons bright people feel like frauds, what makes women more prone to self-doubt, and strategies you can use to help yourself, your students, or your employees to unlearn this self-limiting phenomenon.

Presenter: Dr. Valerie Young

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known speaker and author whose career-enhancing tips have been cited in publications around the world.  She is the author of a new book (on Amazon’s Top 100 for Women and Business), The Secrets Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, published by Crown Publishing/Random House.

Visit the website: http://www.impostorsyndrome.com/


The primary webinar content of this post is the property of the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN).  Other parts are attributed to Dr. Valerie Young’s site on the “Imposter Syndrome”, and PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP.  PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is sharing this conference with our community.  Aspects of the PROMISE program have been presented at the national WEPAN conference in Seattle, WA, June 2011. In 2011, members of UMBC’s ADVANCE (NSF program for women faculty) and PROMISE: AGEP teamed up to develop a paper; the abstract was accepted and the full paper will be presented at the national WEPAN conference in Ohio in June 2012. 

Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull; https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

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