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Leaping from Impostor Syndrome to More Self-Efficacy

Course Description
At some point, all women have questioned our value. It has been labeled as imposter syndrome, a self-sabotaging condition that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. It was introduced and then renamed imposter phenomenon by psychologists Dr. Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes.

The syndrome (now renamed imposter phenomenon) is distributed across men and women. It is what we tell ourselves just before we leap into something that is beyond our own level of confidence. People who have it believe they are pretending to be something they are not, or that their career is a coincidence and not due to own capabilities.

We struggle because we can have high self-esteem in one area and not others. Women tend to want to be 100% prepared before we stretch a new direction, but our internal conversations sometimes prevent us from stretching beyond our comfort zone.

Duration: 60 minutes
Closed Caption: English

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify situations where self-doubt and imposter syndrome often appear.
  • Implement strategies to uncover their stories fueling their self-doubt and imposter syndrome.
  • Use actions to increase your self-efficacy and impact.

JJ DiGeronimo, the founder of Tech Savvy Women, shares professional strategies with women's leadership groups across the country and in many organizations, including Amazon, Dealer Tire, Ingram Micro, IBM, Microsoft, RIT, KeyBank, and Rockwell Automation. Her work is featured in many publications, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Thrive Global. JJ includes these experiences along with hours of research in her award-winning book Accelerate Your Impact, which complements her first award-winning book, The Working Woman's GPS. In addition to her books and keynotes, JJ is a featured columnist and host of the popular podcast – Career Strategies for Women that Work.

This course offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH. To receive CEU/PDH, the course must be viewed in its entirety in addition to completing the knowledge check with an 80%.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275. In obtaining this approval, the SWE has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider membership status, SWE is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard.


This project is based upon work partially supported by the generosity of Keysight.