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Do you ever feel like a fraud? Are you living with chronic self-doubt? Do you question whether you deserve to be in your role? If so, you're not alone! As a women's leadership coach and lifelong struggler with Impostor Syndrome, I wanted to create a space where women can tell their personal stories and unburden themselves of the silent shame that comes with this experience. I also wanted listeners to be able to hear themselves in others and realize that they are not alone. On this podcast, we'll share the stories of women from different backgrounds who've struggled with and learned to manage Impostor Syndrome. Let's erase the stigma and stop feeling ashamed of these very normal experiences. And let's come together to share our challenges and strategize how to effectively rise above them.
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Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

2021-04-1331:03

In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, my guest, Clara Arroyave, shares her story as a Latina entrepreneur and the strategies she uses to manage the biases of others. She also emphasizes the importance of accountability to countering self-doubt.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://yourcareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://yourcareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestClara Arroyave is the CEO and co-founder of PlaceMe, the biggest co-living company in Boston.With over 7 years of experience in the real estate industry, she has launched her own company in 2016, prior being a cofounder and a team member at other two RETECH startups.Graduated from gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups.An active member of the Boston start-up community, Clara serves as advisor, board leader, and growth consultant and focuses on strengthening start-ups with solid value propositions. She works mainly on strategy and performance improvement in the real estate tech space.Clara is also a first-cohort Fellow of Latinos for Education, a nonprofit who prepares Latino Leaders to serve on Education Boards nationwide. She currently serves as Board Member at Breakthrough Greater Boston.She received an MBA from Hult International Business School, where she won two innovation awards in the consulting and entrepreneurship clubs.
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at Impostor Syndrome through the lens of personal identity. My guest, Shelley Rottenberg, shares her powerful story as a transracial adoptee. Born in China and raised by a single Jewish mother in Canada, Shelley talks about not feeling “Asian enough” or “Jewish enough” and how she continues to find peace.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://yourcareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://yourcareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
Name It, You Tame It

Name It, You Tame It

2021-03-3036:40

In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at the role of self-compassion in managing Impostor Syndrome. My guest, Ellen Albertson, shares a powerful framework for moving away from self-criticism and treating ourselves the way we would treat a good friend. See below for a free special gift.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestDr. Ellen is a Psychologist, Registered Dietitian, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and Mindful Self-compassion Teacher. Known as The Midlife Whisperer™, she helps busy, successful, professional women change their trajectory so they experience joy, confidence and radiant health on a daily basis.An inspirational speaker and expert on women’s wellbeing, Dr. Ellen has appeared on Extra, the Food Network and NBC World News and has been quoted in Psychology Today, Eating Well and USA Today. She has written four books and articles for SELF, Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping and was the online nutrition expert for Women’s Health, Men’s Health and the Abs Diet. She brings over 25 years of counseling, coaching, and healing experience to her holistic practice and transformational work. She lives on the Champlain Islands of Vermont with her high-tech, raw-food loving partner, Ken and her tree-climbing Boarder Collie, Rosie.Click here for a special gift: http://eepurl.com/hfYzJ9
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at how our “good girl” upbringings lead to challenges in our professional lives. My guest, Pattie Grimm, shares her personal story of experiencing Impostor Syndrome in a male-dominated work environment. She also shares strategies we can use to build our confidence and overcome self-doubt.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestWith over 25 years of experience, Pattie is an empowerment expert for organizations, leaders, and women. Her presentations/interviews are empowering, educational, and engaging.Pattie was a senior leader for several Global Fortune 100 companies.  She owns a company focused on empowering women to be the best they can be.  She is an author/speaker/ podcast guest/trainer/coach/ women’s advocate.  Pattie was recognized by Executive Women’s Association, Who’s Who in Women’s Leadership. Women of Influence and the State of California. She is the author of Quiet Women Never Changed History – Be Strong, Stand Up and Stand Out – “Let’s Go Kick Some Glass.”Special Podcast Book OfferBook offer https://www.womenkickingglass.com/book  for only $10.00 including over $200.00 in free bonuses and free S & H. (Free S & H only available in the US)People can contact Pattie at her personal email pattiegrimm@live.com Business email pattieg@advantage-training.com Website www.advantage-training.com Twitter https://twitter.com/pattie_grimm Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pattie_grimm/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/pattie-grimm/  Personal FB https://www.facebook.com/pattie.grimm Business FB https://www.facebook.com/womenkickingglass2 
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we explore ways to take back our power when others undervalue us. My guest, Gayani Weerasinghe, shares her personal story as a first-generation immigrant, woman of color and scientist turned lawyer and how she has powerfully navigated environmental conditions that often lead us to doubt ourselves.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestGayani Weerasinghe is a business law and intellectual property (IP) attorney with both law firm and in-house experience.  Her practice focuses on helping businesses with their transactional needs, including their business partnership agreements, setting up entities, confidentiality, strategic alliance agreements, licenses, and procure trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Gayani is active with many local bar organizations and business communities. She was recently recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Stars for 2020. Gayani is also the host of YouTube Channel, Inventive Mind, a channel for creatives, entrepreneurs, and startups. She can be reached at gayani@lawgrw.com, www.lawgrw.com. Links for social media:https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayaniw/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVq9QYpTWhFdK72GSXqAxXQ?view_as=subscriber
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at the relationship between introversion and Impostor Syndrome. My guest, Steve Friedman, shares his story of feeling insecure and inauthentic as an introvert in the corporate world. He also offers great strategies for embracing introversion as a strength and being your true self. To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestSteve Friedman is determined to champion a more authentic and successfullife for introverts. After struggling for decades as an introvert in thecorporate world, he began to learn about introversion while writing hismemoir,  <https://amzn.to/3mJnsk3> In Search of Courage: An Introvert’sStory. Friedman now provides inspirational posts, quizzes, and insightfulresources for introverts at work and at home through his weekly blog at BeyondIntroversion.com. Steve met his love, Jennifer, in Houston, Texas. Together, they have raisedthree amazing children, Gwendolyn, Madolyn, and Noah. They have all traveledthe world and are now enjoying time hanging around the house together.Website: https://www.BeyondIntroversion.com  Introvert Superpower Quiz (over 890 respondents thus far):https://bit.ly/3fUy1OdBook:  In Search of Courage:  An Introvert’s Storyhttps://www.beyondintroversion.com/book
In this special episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, I share a recent interview from my visit to the Belle Curve podcast. We had a powerful conversation about the universality of Impostor Syndrome and how to manage it and wanted to share it with all of you here. To learn more about and subscribe to the Belle Curve podcast, visit: https://bellecurvepodcast.comTo join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we talk about feeling like we're not enough. My guest, Kate, shares her personal story of struggling with self-doubt and not feeling good enough. She also talks about the inspiration she gets from her daughter and how that has helped her to build her confidence.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we explore the role of authenticity in how we see ourselves. My guest, Tiffany Castagno, shares her personal story, as well as her perspective as an HR leader. Together we look at the importance of psychological safety and celebrating our unique gifts.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we get our first male perspective on Impostor Syndrome. My guest, Russell Nohelty, shares his experience as a best-selling author and creative. He also offers a powerful framework for managing perfectionism and overwork.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestRussell Nohelty is a USA Today Bestselling author, speaker, and six-figure creative entrepreneur. He’s raised over $170,000 on Kickstarter, built a mailing list of over 20,000 people, and exhibited at more than 150 events since 2016. Now, he teaches creatives how to lead a complete and successful life through his teaching academy and podcast The Complete Creative, www.thecompletecreative.com.www.russellnohelty.com
What Really Matters

What Really Matters

2021-02-0231:51

In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at what happens to our confidence when we step outside our authentic selves. My guest, Rosalyn Palmer, shares her powerful personal story of a meteoric rise followed by a devastating crash and the hardships that followed as she reset her life and reconnected with her authenticity. Her inspiring journey reminds us what really matters in the bigger picture of life.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestRosalyn Palmer is an award-winning Advanced Rapid Transformational Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Coach. Rosalyn was one of the very first to train in RTT with Marisa Peer and has become one of the most sought-after RTT practitioners worldwide. Rosalyn was recognised at the ‘Janey Loves 2019 Platinum Awards’ with an award for her Trust Transformation package. As bestselling author of the award-winning self-help book: ‘Reset! A Blueprint for a Better Life’, Rosalyn makes emotional wellbeing accessible to all. Rosalyn is also a co-author of Amazon No.1 bestselling self-help books ‘Ignite Your Life for Women’ and ‘Ignite Your Female Leadership’. Rosalyn co-hosts the popular radio show Girls Around Town on Radio Newark (as the wellbeing expert), has a monthly newspaper column and features regularly on podcasts and in many publications, including most recently Psychology in Practice. She was featured as an Emotional Wellbeing Expert on the Janey Lee Grace show on UK Property Radio. Formerly the MD/Founder of award-winning PR agency RPPR, Head of Marketing for an international charity and with an enviable CV from leading London agencies in the 80s and 90s, Rosalyn has grown from many challenging life experiences. This colour and tempers her writing, broadcasting and speaking. Website: https://rosalynpalmer.com/Free Transformational Resources:https://rosalynpalmer.com/free-resources/Blog:https://rosalynpalmer.com/blog/
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at managing Impostor Syndrome during a job search. My guest, Theo Gray, shares her inspirational journey and the power of connecting with others. She encourages us to be brave and reach out to others to establish human connections, particularly as we pursue new opportunities. Follow #BobMarleyFriday or connect with Theo on LinkedIn at Theo Graymccarthy.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at how our early social experiences influence our confidence. My guest, Mandi Relyea-Voss shares her personal story of living in “constant fake it ‘til you make it mode.” She also shares the strategies she uses to manage self-doubt.To connect with Mandi, visit:https://www.instagram.com/mandirelyeavoss/https://www.facebook.com/amanda.relyeavoss/To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we talk about how we can support young girls to become more confident and, hopefully, avoid some of the challenges we’ve faced. My guest, Leslie Coles, shares her Impostor Syndrome story and offers practical advice and strategies for all of us who want to empower girls to become confident women. Many of these same strategies can help us grow our own confidence as well!To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-sessionAbout My GuestLeslie Coles is passionate about the power of innovative education to change the world. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Moms as Mentors®, a non-profit dedicated to giving mothers and other caregivers the tools and opportunities to raise girls to become confident female leaders, particularly in areas where women are underrepresented (including STEM fields, entrepreneurship and politics). Leslie also manages the game-based assessment projects in the Playful Journey Lab at MIT and is an ambassador for She+ Geeks Out. She+ Geeks Out is an organization that offers diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops, as well as a safe and welcoming community of womxn and their allies in tech and tech adjacent fields. Previously, she served as Director of Programs for VentureLab, an organization focused on creating the next generation of innovators and changemakers through entrepreneurial learning. Prior to that she was Director of Strategic Initiatives & Programs at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, where she took the lead role in implementing programs that advanced their mission to empower girls to be influential contributors to the world.Here is a link to the Moms as Mentors "How to Be a Confidence Mentor" tips and resource guide. Learn more about Moms as Mentors at momsasmentors.org and contact the organization with any questions at http://www.momsasmentors.org/contact-us.
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at the influence of command and control leadership on our experience with Impostor Syndrome. My guest, Ann Marie Yakopich, shares her personal story of how she found her voice and reclaimed her power. She also reveals the lessons she’s learned as a woman in a male-dominated industry.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
Formality Weighs a Ton

Formality Weighs a Ton

2020-12-2933:14

In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we discuss the effects of formality and conformity on our confidence and overall comfort in the workplace. My guest, Stacey Shipman, shares strategies for personalizing our workplace interactions and the power this has on our psychological safety.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at how taking a non-traditional career path affects our confidence. My guest, Sandy Silk, shares her personal story of the twists and turns that led her from studying German to becoming a cybersecurity leader at Harvard University. We also discuss the flawed system that overvalues education and undervalues diverse backgrounds.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at how the nature of our work influences our tendency toward perfectionism and self-doubt. My guest, Erika Janifer, shares her personal story as an engineer and the ways in which she manages the demands of a career that requires great accuracy and precision. She also discusses her experiences as a woman of color in a highly male-dominated field.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
Confidence Is a Choice

Confidence Is a Choice

2020-12-0847:27

In this special episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we take a deeper look at confidence and the choices we have available to us to show up more confidently. My guest, Alyssa Dver, shares her powerful perspective that confidence is a choice. She also offers practical tools and strategies for handling workplace situations that trigger self-doubt.About My GuestAlyssa Dver is the CEO and co-founder of the American Confidence Institute (ACI) which shares science-based ways to sustainably increase personal, academic & professional confidence. She is the author of the book, Confidence Is a Choice. Real Science. Superhero Impact.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at the importance of understanding and owning our feelings in order to effectively step into action. My guest, Christina Kwan, shares her personal journey from financial services leader to entrepreneur and the struggles she faced with Impostor Syndrome. We also ask whether it’s really possible to fake it ‘til you make it.To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:https://executivecareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:https://bookme.name/ExecCareer/strategy-session
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