Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Date & Time

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am


LSC1001, Life Sciences Centre, UBC Point Grey Campus (2350 Health Sciences Mall)


Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Graduate Pathways to Success



Do You Secretly Worry You’re Not as Smart as Everyone “Thinks” You Are?

  • Do you chalk your success up to thinks like luck, timing, or “just” hard work?
  • Do you believe “If I can do it… anybody can”?
  • Do you agonize over even the smallest flaws in your work?
  • Are you crushed by even constructive criticism?
  • When you do well, do you secretly think you fooled them again?

Join the club! The Postdoctoral Fellows Office and the Graduate Pathways to Success Program, through the support of the Vivien M. Srivastava Memorial Endowment, present:

Why Capable People Suffer from
Impostor Syndrome
and How to Thrive in Spite of It

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Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
  • Locations
    • In-Person - UBC Point Grey Campus - Life Sciences Centre (2350 Health Sciences Mall, LSC1001)
    • Videoconference - Vancouver General Hospital (Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, DHCC 2263)
    • Videoconference - UBC - Okanagan (Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, 088 Discovery Ave., RHS 257)

Registration for the in-person and both videoconferencing locations is required for this session, and registration is available below.


Dr. Valerie Young 

Dr. Valerie Young

Dr. 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.

Valerie has addressed faculty and students at over 80 colleges and universities including York, Western, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, and more.

She’s also addressed such highly diverse audiences as Apple, Procter & Gamble, BP, Chrysler, Intel, IBM, Facebook, Methanex, Boeing, Merck, McDonalds (Europe), Motley Fool, Society of Women Engineers, Association of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Women in Radio and Television and Women in Trucking.

Her career advice has been cited in popular and business media and publications around the world including the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today Weekend, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger’s, Inc., O magazine, Science, Canadian Living, Elle (Canada), The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Independent, and many more.


Registration in this session is required and is now open. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those successfully registered will receive a confirmation email one week prior to the workshop. All cancellations must be received no later than 24 hours in advance of the workshop.

** Please note that there is a strict no food and beverage policy in the rooms used for this session. Food and beverages will not be permitted in the venue. **