Close the Confidence Gap

Some of the greatest talent are secretly haunted by ongoing self-doubt and it is personally and professionally harmful. There is a solution!


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Bring Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ to your organization.

This is not just an interesting self-help topic. This is a bottom-line issue with solutions.

Millions of people worldwide - executives and early career professionals, first year college students and PhDs, entrepreneurs and engineers - secretly feel like an impostor and worry they’re not as bright or capable as everyone thinks they are, despite the evidence of their accomplishments. These impostor-related feelings lead to unproductive behaviors like holding back, chronic procrastination, and burnout. It is personally and professionally harmful. It's also costly to organizations.  

To date, more than half a million people on four continents have attended the Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ program, created by Dr. Valerie Young of the Impostor Syndrome Institute. It offers practical, immediately usable solutions for impostor-related feelings, while also bringing light to what fuels this type of self-doubt that many people secretly have. 

As an established presenter, workshop leader, consultant, and executive and professional coach, I am committed to supporting individuals and organizations in stamping out impostor syndrome. People deserve to live, lead, and engage confidently - without harmful self-doubt. 


This is a "we" problem that requires "we" solutions.

Psychologize Less

This is a bottom-line issue that is personally and professionally costly.  It needs more contextualizing and less psychologizing.

Connect the Dots

Individual experiences impact how confident and competent they feel. Let's step back and explore the sources of harmful self-doubt.

Mitigate and Solve

Once understood, it's easier to mitigate and solve impostor-related feelings. A new way can be learned and supported by all.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Increasing a sense of belonging in organizations and communities, is important to solving impostor-related feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. 

When people experience constant acts of exclusion, when they are the "only one" or "one of few", and/or when they have to constantly compete with various stereotype threats, it's no wonder why they experience the impostor-related feeling of overwhelming self-doubt. This is why solving impostor "syndrome" is not just a self-help issue. It is a "we" issue that requires a "we" solution.  


If You Lead, Manage, Mentor, or Teach Others, it is Important that You Understand Impostor "Syndrome"

There is a need for a highly practical, solution-oriented approach to address impostor-related feelings in the workplace. This highly relatable message has been shared with over a half a million people around the world.

Key Audiences

Attorneys/Legal Staff. Corporations. Employee Resource Groups. Entrepreneurs/Small Business Owners. Faith-Based Communities. K-12 Education. Government. Undergraduate/Graduate/Professional Schools. Medicine. Non-Profits. Professional Organizations. Technologists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our discovery call will answer more of your questions.

The term impostor phenomenon was first coined by Georgia State University psychology professor Dr. Pauline Clance and clinical psychologist Dr. Suzanne Imes in their 1978 article, The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention.

Now, more commonly referred to as impostor syndrome, it describes one's false belief that they are not in fact as intelligent, capable, talented or qualified as others believe them to be - despite the evidence of their outstanding achievements. Instead, they feel like a phony and an impostor. Naturally, the biggest fear is being found out. 

Over the years, it's been discovered that this phenomenon is not specific to gender, and when left unchecked, is both personally and professionally harmful, as well as costly to organizations. According to Dr. Valerie Young, co-founder of Impostor Syndrome Institute and creator of Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™, important to solving this phenomenon, is to consider the source - understand the connection between these internal feelings of fraudulence and early family messages and systemic factors. 

No, impostor syndrome is not recognized as a psychiatric disorder.  Focusing more on the factors that contribute to impostor-related feelings and less on psychologizing this issue, will better support solutions. 


Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ teaches people with impostor-related feelings how to reframe their thinking in a way that will support reclaiming their confidence in their competence. At the same time, it supports both individuals and organizations in understanding the external factors that drive impostor-related feelings - thus giving the contextual understanding to collectively stamp out impostor syndrome. As a result of Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™:

  • Women have reported asking for and getting raises
  • Corporate executives who had participated in Rethinking Impostor Syndrome™ while in college were so transformed - that years later, they brought it in-house to their employees
  • University deans and other educators committed to increasing diversity in STEM, applied the Rethinking Impostor Syndrome solutions on an organizational level
  • Writers and artists who held back, suddenly became prolific
  • PhD students enthusiastically reported the entire trajectory of their academic career had shifted

This program not only helps members of your organization to live, lead, and engage more confidently, thus reducing unproductive and harmful self-doubt, it also helps organizations - including leaders, mentors, managers, and teachers - to learn what they can do to support the solution. This is a "we" problem that requires a "we" solution!

The bottom line is that taking impostor feelings out of the realm of therapy and into an educational arena has proven tremendously successful. 

You can expect that participants will:

  • Understand what impostor syndrome is – and what it is not
  • Discover the sources of impostor feelings
  • Understand how impostor syndrome intersects with diversity and inclusion – and why it matters
  • Identify your personal “Competence Type”
  • Understand the individual and organizational costs of impostor syndrome
  • Leave with practical, immediately usable tools to help yourself and/or others

The content is flexible enough to be relevant to a wide range of audiences from high school to university students, early career professionals to senior leaders, and from aspiring business owners to successful entrepreneurs.

The program can be delivered as a 60-minute or 90-minute presentation and/or a longer interactive workshop. It can be delivered both virtually and in-person. 

Join over a Half a Million people worldwide and bring Rethinking Impostor Syndrome to your organization!

Become a part of the impostor solution revolution.

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