Conquering the Imposter Syndrome

Date/Time: 29 April 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm start.
Venue: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Map
Speaker: Deena Gornick


Our thanks to the keynote speaker for the evening Deena Gornick, an executive coach with 20+ years experience of working with women and men to help them get what they want out of both their working and personal lives. She has an extensive background in psychotherapy and NLP and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. Deena works with both women only groups and with individual women helping them understand the behaviour that allow them to express their power fully.

The theme for the evening is "Conquering the Imposter Syndrome" and in this interactive session Deena Gornick took us on a journey of three key elements of the imposter syndrome. The “Imposter Syndrome” can be described as the nagging doubt that even though to everyone else in the office you seem supremely successful and capable, you are convinced that you’re just bluffing your way through and that any moment now you’ll be found out...

This excellent session was led in a safe and fun environment encouraging networking and support including exercises experienced within the group allowing attendees to meet others and to share experiences - a huge aspect of one element of freeing yourself from the syndrome.

The issues covered in the session included:

  • What is the Imposter Syndrome and why do so many women have it?
  • Some manageable steps towards awareness
  • Praise and our relationship to praise
  • Language choices to promote our talent
  • Presence and gravitas

By the end of the session we had the opportunity to meet other women and shared experiences; and feel a sense of moving forward with the and had some fun exploring this serious issue.

The session was followed by an opportunity to network over drinks and snacks with Deena and members of both BCSWomen and