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PWC Luncheon to Feature Expert on Imposter Syndrome

December 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., November 27, 2017 –  The Professional Women‘s Chamber of Western Massachusetts (PWC), a division of The Springfield Regional Chamber, will present a luncheon on January 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Storrowton Tavern’s Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield. Dr. Valerie Young, will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Young is an internationally recognized expert on impostor syndrome. She has delivered her often humorous and always practical approach to overcoming impostor feelings at such diverse organizations as Boeing, Facebook, BP, Intel, Chrysler, Apple, Bristol Meyers-Squibb, McDonald’s, Emerson, IBM, Merck, Ernst & Young, Procter & Gamble, Motley Fool, the Space Telescope Science Institute, American Women in Radio and Television, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Trucking, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and many more.

Dr. Young says millions of people around the world – from executives to bright college students to Academy Award winners – secretly worry that they are not as bright and capable as other people “think” they are. It’s called Imposter Syndrome and it hurts individuals and organizations.

In her humorous, yet practical talk, Dr. Young will share why Imposter Syndrome is not just a fancy word for low self-esteem, how gender factors into imposter feelings, and the reasons why smart people feel like frauds. She will share three immediately usable steps to interrupt needless self-doubt.

Dr. Young’s career-related advice has been cited in popular and business outlets around the world including BBC radio, Yahoo Financial News, CNN Money, Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, O magazine, Entrepreneur, Science, Elle, Redbook, Woman’s Day, and The Chicago Tribune, The Sydney Morning Herald.

And her award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer From Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive In Spite of It (Crown/Random House) is now available in five languages.


Tickets are $35 for PWC members, $40 for general admission, and may be purchased at For more information and for discounted student tickets, email Jessica Hill,

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