Workshop: Overcome Self-Doubt: From Phoney to Fearless – Recognising and Dealing with The Imposter Phenomenon

Tuesday, 17 April 2018
19:00 - 21:00
Cambridge, UK
£0.00 - £35.00

Feel like a phoney?

Worried about being called out for being a fake?

There are few experiences more draining than believing yourself to be a pretender.
The notion of being less competent than you should be or believing your success to be a bit of a mistake can be stressful and the sense that at some point you’re going to be found out as an impostor can be crippling to achievement and may cause anxiety and overwork.

“I’m really not good enough to be in this role.”
“At some point I’m going to be find out for not being as competent as they think I am.”
“I’m not qualified for this job… this must be a mistake.”

The impostor phenomenon is common: especially among women and while the impact of the impostor phenomenon is felt by the individual, the issue is a societal one.

Our media, workplace systems and social expectations feed the underlying causes and create broader issues such as a lack of engagement of women and men in non-traditional occupations, a lack of diversity in senior roles and a diminished presence of women in policy and government.

As a community, it’s doing us all a disservice.

The impostor phenomenon has been researched since the 1970s and it is believed that around 70 per cent of people will experience impostor feelings at least once in their lives.

However, Dr Theresa Simpkin’s recent study looking at women in non-traditional STEM occupations, found that 60 per cent will experience impostor feelings frequently.

So what can we do about it for ourselves and how do we call it out in others?

Join the Rising Network and Dr Theresa Simpkin to explore the impostor phenomenon.

What will be covered and what you will take away: 

  • Where it comes from and how it can be dealt with
  • Begin to realise how you can boost resilience and start to celebrate your achievements
  • Stop undervaluing your worth and what you bring to the table!
  • Recognise and stop self doubt
  • Manage the internal dialogue with yourself about not being good enough or not as good as others
  • Aimed to help emerging managers and leaders have confidence in the workplace
  • Perfect for women in leadership and those who want to realise their potential.

The agenda is informal and the session interactive.

Join us to expand your network whist learning how to break personal barriers in a friendly and supportive environment.


19:00 – 19:30 Registration and networking

19:30 – 21:00 Interactive Workshop

21:00 Event close

Invest in Yourself: 

  • ENTERPRISE MEMBERS (formerly GOLD): NO CHARGE – included in your membership. See membership benefits HERE
  • Non Member / Digital Subscribers – £35.00

Refreshments included.

Venue: Room LAB107, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Parking: The Queen Anne Multi-storey car park is 5 minutes walk away

About the Rising Network: A vibrant network empowering women to create meaningful change in life and to live a balanced life. We do this by promoting the achievements of women, health, well-being, positive psychology and personal development by sharing experiences at face to face events and online. For more information and to join, visit:

About Dr Theresa Simpkin:  Dr Theresa (Terri) Simpkin is a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and the Higher and Further Education Principal at CNet Training. She works across a range of disciplines and has authored world leading post graduate education for the Data Centre sector. Her consulting company, Mischief Business Engineering, is currently developing the flagship programme BraverStrongerSmarter – an interactive suite of interventions designed to leverage the value of diversity and inclusion initiatives in organisations.
Terri brings a multifaceted insight into the role of corporate culture, workplace systems and practices, and challenges the embedded norms of organisations that are traditionally lacking in diversity: particularly in regard to women. She believes that the underpinning cultures and norms of organisations must shift before we will see inclusion and diversity initiatives reaping rewards in the guise of truly inclusive workplaces.

19:00 - 19:30 Registration and networking

19:30 – 21:00 Interactive Workshop

21:00 Event close