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

Date & Time

Thursday, 18 May 2017
09:30 to 11:30


Point Grey Campus and via Videoconference

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


Do you chalk your accomplishments as a fluke or “no big deal? Do you think, “If I can do it, anyone can”? Do you feel like you’re just fooling your peers? Your supervisors? If so, join the club! Millions of people around the world — from executives to bright university students and their professors to Academy award winners— secretly worry they’re not as bright and capable as other people “think” they are. It’s called the Impostor Syndrome and there is a cure.



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).

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.


This event has been sponsored, in part:

Registration Information

This session will be available in person at the Life Sciences Centre (UBC Point Grey Campus) and via videoconference at the Diamond Health Care Centre  (Vancouver General Hospital) and at Reichwald Health Sciences Centre  (UBC - Okanagan). Registration for both the in-person and videoconferencing sessions are required.    Registration is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as to the faculty and staff who advise them.

Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty with registration, please send a message to: graduate.pathways@ubc.ca

Please note that beverages will NOT be provided.  Only beverages in lidded containers are permitted in the videoconference rooms.



If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email graduate.pathways@ubc.ca, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.