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. We’ll examine 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.
Perfect for women in leadership and those who want to realise their potential.

The agenda is informal.


19:00 – 19:30 Registration and networking

19:30 – 21:00 Interactive Workshop

21:00 Event close

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

Tickets –  including refreshments

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Non Member / Digital Subscribers – £35.00

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19:00 - 19:30 Registration and networking

19:30 – 21:00 Interactive Workshop

21:00 Event close