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Saturday, October 21
Sat, Oct 21, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Aventine Ballroom F
The Imposter Syndrome (PANEL)

Discussion of the Impostor Syndrome (303806)

*Cathy Furlong, Statistics Without Borders 
*Darcy S. Morris, U.S. Census Bureau 
*Kim Sellers, Georgetown University 
*Nawar Shara, Georgetown University 

Keywords: Impostor Syndrome, Leadership

The topic of impostor syndrome has been briefly touched upon at both WSDS Conferences; however, it is important to have an open discussion about this issue with developing and present female leaders. There are many successful people who ask the question “What am I doing here?” or “One of these days people will realize I do not know as much, or do not have the skills, that they think I do.”

The goal of the presentation is to have an open discussion covering:what Impostor syndrome is, why some of us have these feelings,and how to deal with these feelings.

I would prefer a panel of people who have identified having difficulties in this area to openly discuss: when and how they became aware of these feelings of “What am I doing here?” or “People will find out I am not as smart as people think I am.” and ways they have dealt with these feelings.

Over the past few years, as Chair of Statistics Without Borders, I have read articles, listened to many TED talks, and talked to some professionals (usually life-coaches). I also briefly mentioned this in my talk “Leadership Development Through Volunteer Activities “at the 2016 WSDS Conference. I will create a list of references.