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General Assembly Boston's Ladies Lounge: Confronting Imposter Syndrome

  • 125 Summer Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)

About this event
Ladies Lounge is spending May with women who have overcome Imposter Syndrome to help us better understand what it is, how it manifests, and how we can go about fighting it.

Why it matters?
Ever felt like your success wasn’t earned? Ever got a new job or promotion and felt like you didn't deserve it? Worried that people will find out you’re a fraud and 'not deserving of the praise'? You've got Imposter Syndrome, but don't worry, it’s something we all experience.

Imposter Syndrome, also known as 'fraud syndrome', is defined as a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". It has been theorized that women experience imposter syndrome more often than men, and are uniquely predisposed to having it and feeling undeserving of their success in the workplace.

What you’ll take away?
Join our panelists to hear their own experiences on overcoming those feelings of self doubt. Recognize your strength and learn how to combat the phenomenon that is plaguing women and workplaces across the world.

About the Panelists

Rayshauna Gray

Historical Researcher and Writer,
Harvard, Tufts, & the Cambridge Historical Society

Rayshauna Gray channels her creativity into her work with Harvard, Tufts, and the Cambridge Historical Society. She spent two years serving on MassNOW's Legislative Task Force supporting Massachusetts' Pay Equity, Anti-Shackling, Healthy Youth, and Trans Equal Access and Public Accommodations bills. She's currently writing Roseland, a book about the last 200 years of the nation's history through seven generations of women in her family. After years of struggling with imposter syndrome, she developed The Heart Work, a framework for challenging self-sabotage and harsh self-criticism.

Kim Meninger

Executive Coach and Founder ,
Executive Career Success, LLC.

Kim Meninger is an executive coach and founder of Executive Career Success, LLC. She partners with current and future leaders across industries and functional roles to develop the confidence, influence and strategies they need to achieve their professional goals. She is especially passionate about helping women, people of color and others who have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership to advance to higher-level roles.

Kim has coached hundreds of clients and presented on career advancement and leadership topics to corporate and academic audiences. She is regularly sought to train, coach, and mentor current and future business leaders on the art and science of leadership, including strategy development, effective communication, and team building.

Prior to coaching, Kim had a successful corporate career managing strategic partnerships at EMC Corporation and Monster Worldwide. Kim has a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF-certified and CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in Executive and Leadership Development Coaching. Kim also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.

Nicole Roberts Jones

Purpose to Paycheck Coach & CEO,
FIERCE Factor Lab

Nicole Roberts Jones is uniquely gifted at one thing – drawing out what’s best in YOU and helping you take your Brilliance to The Bank. A veteran of the entertainment industry, Nicole worked in Talent Management and Casting before shifting her talents to become the Founder & CEO of FIERCE Factor Lab. She now works with entrepreneurs to create multiple streams of income from what they already know in order to build an empire from their expertise. Additionally, Nicole works with corporations to assure their executives and middle managers push their internal edge, and step into the true power of their gifts and talents at work. Her clients have included the Steve Harvey World Group, Dell EMC, McDonalds, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lisa Nichols and Motivating the Masses, Coach Diversity Institute, the BOSS Network and Working Mother Magazine to name a few.

Nicole is also a nationally recognized transformational speaker, purpose to paycheck expert and best-selling author of four books, the most recent being Find Your Fierce. She lives with her husband in a suburb of Boston, MA, consulting, writing and creating breakthroughs for her clients.

Christina Kwan

Transformational Coach,
The Road Uncovered Coaching

Christina is now a Transformational Coach, empowering individuals to uncover a career path that aligns with their values.

Formerly, Christina was a vice president at State Street Bank and Trust where she owned and managed the East Coast division of Collateral Management servicing. She was responsible for completing strategic projects and initiatives to positively impact the future structure and operations of her team. While fulfilling her responsibilities, she found that mentoring and coaching her direct reports fueled her desire to foster a work environment that would inspire employees to rise to their challenges and perform their best. She noticed that women specifically tend to face additional challenges in their psyche that they must overcome to excel in a corporate environment. She created a group called Ladies Leveling Up in Life to help women support each other in their efforts to grow and expand in this area. Christina is very excited to transition into a new career as a transformational coach using her 10+ years of corporate experience as a means to aid others in achieving their greatest goals.

Linda Ugelow

Founder,
Linda Ugelow International

Linda Ugelow is host of the TV show Women Inspired, which highlights the lives of artists, healers, change agents and entrepreneurs. As a speaker and confidence coach for entrepreneurs and other professionals, she has helped hundreds of people learn to love their experience of being on stage, on camera, in the media or the meeting room.

Linda is an expert in performance well-being and holds a master’s degree in movement studies. Through her public appearances on and offline, workshops, private coaching and online courses on video making, public speaking and leadership, she helps people liberate themselves from their fear of being seen and share their message with the world. Connect with Linda at www.LindaUgelow.com.