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

Date & Time

Thursday, 31 January 2019
16:00 to 18:00


Life Sciences Centre, UBC Vancouver, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Registration Closed / Past Event


Join us for an interactive presentation led by speaker and author Dr. Valerie Young, presented in partnership with the Vivien M. Srivastava Fund and UBC Wellbeing

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 professors? 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: Dr. Young has spoken to tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at 90 colleges and universities in in the US, Canada, and Japan including UBC, York, Simon Fraser, Western, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT and at dozens of corporations like Apple, Boeing, Chrysler, IBM, and P&G. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women (Random House) is useful to both men and women and is available in five languages. She’ll lead a dynamic session packed full of practical strategies for interrupting needless self-doubt.

Registration Information

General registration for UBC Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students opens on Monday, January 14 at 9:00am.

Postdocs please register here: postdocs.ubc.ca/professional-development-events

After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail you provided. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at graduate.pathways@ubc.ca.


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.