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Overcoming the imposter phenomenon

Sep 11, 2019

By Ann-Marie Stephenson

WHEN volunteer

One of the most popular workshops at the WHEN annual conference was about the imposter phenomenon delivered by Dr Terri Simpkin who is an academic consultant and public speaker; and founded Braver Stronger Smarter. She has worked with private organisations, industry representative bodies, public sector organisations and governments across the globe educating on the phenomenon and supporting individuals to identify Imposter Phenomenon (IP) in a work context.

So what exactly is the Imposter Phenomenon?

Impostor Phenomenon (IP), is the feeling of intellectual phoniness and was first theorised by American psychologists Pauline Rose...

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WHEN annual conference 2019: ''Who am I supposed to be?''

Aug 12, 2019
WHEN annual conference 2019 blog
By Madiha Sajid with contributions from Dr Susi Poli

On 20 June 2019, WHEN held its second annual conference around the theme of exploring intersectional identities through our labels. This year, we welcomed over 100 women from over 20 different universities around the UK, who set about embarking on journeys of self-exploration as we all attempted to demystify the concept of labels, both those that are given to us by others and the ones that we give to ourselves. 

Labels - which ones do I want to own?

The conference opened with a video of women, including many of the WHEN volunteers, confidently sharing some of the labels that people had given to...

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Do we own our labels? A summary of WHEN member reflections

Jun 18, 2019

How I see myself versus how others see me – Is it all about labels we receive or give, coming to know who we are or are supposed to be, or is it more about leveraging these labels to fight back against stereotypes?

By Dr Susi Poli

In a short survey run in recent months, we asked WHEN members to have a say on the common practice of labelling others at first sight, in the workplace and out of it.

The purpose has been to map the variety of labels to check them against women’s consciousness of how others see them and of how they see themselves. What do these labels have to say, do they match our perception of how others see us or are they simply the trigger for our...

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