Feeling Phoney? An introduction to dealing with the impostor phenomenon.

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There are few experiences more draining than feeling like a phoney.

The notion of being less competent than you should be or believing your success to be a bit of a mistake can be stressful.

The sense that at some point you're going to be found out as an impostor can be crippling to achievement and may cause anxiety and overwork.

  • "I'm really not good enough to be doing this job."
  • "When are they going to find out I'm not as competent as they think I am?"
  • "How did I get here? I'm really not qualified."

It's called the impostor phenomenon and it's common: especially among women. While the impact of the impostor phenomenon is felt by the individual, the issue is a societal one.

Our media, workplace systems and social expectations feed the underlying causes and create broader issues such as a lack of engagement of women and men in non-traditional occupations, a lack of diversity in senior roles and a diminished presence of women in policy and government.

As a community, it's doing us all a disservice.

The impostor phenomenon has been researched since the 1970s and it is believed that around 70 per cent of people will experience impostor feelings at some point in their lives. However, a recent study looking at women in non-traditional STEM occupations, found that 60 per cent will experience impostor feelings frequently.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

Join two inspirational speakers as they introduce the impostor phenomenon, exploring where it comes from and how it can be dealt with.

  • Begin to realise how you can boost resilience and start to celebrate your achievements.

  • Perfect for women in leadership and those who want to realise their potential.

The agenda is informal.

18:00 Please meet for registration, a post work drink and networking at the venue.

18:30 Interactive seminar with Dr Terri Simpkin and Kate Atkin MSc.

20:00 Neworking, discussion, drinks and canapes.

20:30 Close

Tickets for this event are strictly limited so please, reserve yours early.

Ticket price includes the interactive seminar, refreshments and networking canapes.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Meet Kate and Terri

Kate Atkin, MSc.

Once a shy schoolgirl from rural Lincolnshire, Kate Atkin is now an award-winning speaker so she has plenty of ideas on how to overcome the butterflies and find the inner strength needed to be the best ‘you’ that you can be.

Before starting her own learning and development business in 2000 Kate had a successful career with Barclays Bank plc. In 2015 she completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology which has brought insights into well-being, meaning and positivity. This also led to opportunities to lecture at Cambridge University Judge Business School. She is continuing with her research, currently focussing on courage, confidence and the imposter phenomenon.

Kate is the author of The Presentation Workout and The Confident Manager and a world debating champion.


What people say about Kate...

Kate is like no other speaker we have worked with, she is truly inspirational. She shares her vulnerabilities with her audience and demonstrates the power of the mind and learned behavior in trying to overcome self-doubt. Kate is also keen to make sure that she shares experiences and examples to bring to life some of the theory which helps people with practical coping mechanisms – she is empowering

Janine Menasakanian │ Head of Financial Institutions | Vanguard Asset Management

Dr Terri Simpkin MCIPD, CAHRI, FHEA, Churchill Fellow

A self confessed 'impostor', Terri is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Corporate Education at Anglia Ruskin University and Managing Director of Mischief Business Engineering; a consultancy delivering bespoke programmes designed to challenge the way we think about and manage our workplaces.

She is an academic, a consultant and public speaker.

Having a global career in education management, general management and strategic consultancy behind her, Terri is currently undertaking research into the impostor phenomenon in women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and has desiged a forward thinking suite of intiatives to enhance the efficacy of diversity and inclusion programmes in organisations. BraverStrongerSmarter works to uncover and diminish the causes of impostor phenomenon and implicit bias in individuals and workplaces.

A staunch supporter of technical education, she is a Trustee of the Baker Dearing Trust, a Churchill Fellow and a steadfast Duran Duran fan.



What people say about Terri...

Dr Simpkin spoke at an event I organised for the SPE 'Women In Energy' group, which was attended by ~50 professionals in the oil & gas industry. The content and delivery of her talk was world class. She was a confident & engaging speaker and held the attention of the room with ease. Attendees remained at the networking drinks afterwards for a long time, discussing the content of Dr Simpkin's talk. We received excellent feedback from the attendees about the event.

Catriona McGill│ Technical Development Manager | Desolenator


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations are nearby. Public transport is recommended.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Dr Terri Simpkin DrTerriS@uptomischief.co.uk if you have questions or queries.

What's the refund policy?

Sadly, we are unable to refund your tickets in the event of a no-show. However, tickets can be passed onto others if you are unable to attend.

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to cancel the event a full refund will be made to ticket holders.

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