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Announcing a Campus-Wide Professional Development Event for Graduate Students and Postdocs


      • Do you secretly worry that others will find out you’re not as intelligent and competent as they seem to think you are?
      • Do you often dismiss your accomplishments as a “fluke” or “no big deal”?
      • Do you think, “If I can do it, anyone can”? 
      • Do you sometimes shy away from taking on even greater challenges because of nagging self-doubt? 
      • Are you crushed by even constructive criticism, taking it as evidence of your ineptness?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. For the first time, we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Young to NC State as she facilitates her internationally-known workshop for graduate students and postdocs.  You will learn practical strategies for interrupting the Imposter Syndrome that you can start using immediately. This workshop is also beneficial for graduate students and postdocs who aspire to leadership, management, and supervisory positions so they can learn how to recognize these characteristics and help their employees thrive in the workplace.  By applying these simple but powerful techniques you’ll finally be able to begin to see yourself as the bright, competent person you really are!

 “I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’”
–Award winning author Maya Angelou

Key Takeaways from the Workshop

        • Why the impostor syndrome is not “just low self-esteem”
        • Perfectly good reasons why smart people feel like frauds
        • Procrastination, holding back and other unconscious coping strategies “impostors” use to avoid being found out
        • The cost of the impostor syndrome on organizations
        • Practical steps to help yourself, your employees, or high achieving children to interrupt the impostor syndrome and end needless self-doubt

Join us for this fantastic event!
Event Details:

Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
ROOM CHANGE Place:Talley Student Center, Ballroom
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This is a one-time event!  Register today!  Space is limited!


Welcome to NC State University, Dr. Valerie Young!

Dr. Young Speaker listDr. Valerie Young is an internationally known speaker and the author of the 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 (Crown/Random House) now available in five languages including Russian.

Dr. Valerie YoungDr. Young has addressed such diverse audiences as Chrysler, Intel, IBM, P&G, Boeing, Merck, McDonalds (Europe), Society of Women Engineers, American Women in Radio and Television, and faculty and students at over 60 other colleges and universities including Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton. Her work has been cited in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger’s, Inc., The Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, More, The Globe & Mail, Woman’s Day, Redbook, and O Magazine.

Event Sponsors


NC State University Graduate School
Preparing Future Leaders
University Graduate Student Association
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs