The Way We Work Series

Understanding and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.


"It’s only because they like me. I was in the right place at the right time. I just work harder than the others. I don’t deserve this. It’s just a matter of time before I am found out. Someone must have made a terrible mistake."

Chances are, at least part of this internal monologue has been something you've repeated before. You're not alone. An internationally known speaker on impostor syndrome, Dr. Valerie Young has devoted her career to understanding why professionals experience crushing self-doubt and how that impacts success. In her decades of in-the-trenches research, Dr. Young has uncovered the often surprising reasons why our most deeply held beliefs about ourselves have actually held us back.

Impostor syndrome impacts men and women alike. In this session you will learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel — and act — as bright and capable as others already know you are.

The Way We Work is a series that examines the future of work and the implications for the business community and individuals in a time of changing demographics, growing technology, and increasing globalization. Created in partnership with Antenna, a Minneapolis-based marketing consultancy, and the Carlson School of Management, The Way We Work brings together thought leaders, companies, and individual workers for dynamic dialogue around relevant topics. Learn more at www.waywework.com.

Hosted At:

Carlson School of Management, 3M Auditorium
321 Nineteenth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55442


Cost covers admission to our keynote presentation, panel discussion, breakfast
$10 – Students
$25 – Alumni
$35 – General Admission


7:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Program and Q&A

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Valerie Young Headshot

Dr. Valerie Young


Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally recognized expert on impostor syndrome. She’s spoken at such diverse organizations as Apple, Chrysler, Boeing, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, BP, Google, Procter & Gamble, the EONetwork, NASA, and the National Cancer Institute as well as at over 90 colleges and universities including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and Oxford. She’s author of the award-winning book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women with Crown Business -- now available in six languages.

Her career-related tips have been featured in dozens of business and popular media outlets from India to Brazil including BBC radio, Time, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many more. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts and later spent 7 years in management at a Fortune 100 company before leaving to start an online business in 1998. You can learn more about Valerie at https://impostorsyndrome.com/book/overview/.

Brendon Schrader

Brendon Schrader [Host]

Founder/CEO - Antenna

Brendon Schrader is the Founder/CEO of Antenna, a Minneapolis-based company that is changing the way people work by providing best-in-class marketers on demand. He is also the Founder/Publisher of Indypendently.com, a content and media platform for independent workers. Brendon’s insights on independent consulting, the gig economy, the changing nature of work have been highlighted in Inc. magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post. He holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, and an MEd from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development.

About Antenna:
Antenna is a leader in bringing top marketing professionals to corporations and nonprofits for project-based consulting, interim leadership, and staff augmentation engagements. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Antenna draws from its private community of experienced marketers to provide clients with on-demand resources—both individuals and teams. Antenna’s vision is to fundamentally change the way marketing teams get work done by helping clients balance the flexibility and expertise required by today’s modern marketing organization.

Questions? Contact Carlson School Alumni Relations at carlsonalumni@umn.edu or 612-625-1556.

The Way We Work

Created in partnership by Antenna, a Minneapolis-based marketing consultancy, and the Carlson School of Management, The Way We Work brings together thought leaders, companies, and individual workers for dynamic dialogue around relevant topics.

Chris Farrell
Author and Economics Commentator
American Public Radio

Allison Liuzzi
Project Director, Minnesota Compass
Research Manager, Wilder Research 

Pat Pettiti
Co-founder and CEO
Catalant Technologies

Brandon Peele
Marketing Evangelist
Imperative (former)

Lora Geiger
Leadership Coach & Senior Manager

Julie Burton

Marcia Droege
Director of Facilities and Real Estate
Land O’Lakes

James O’Reilly
Life Time Work

Jim Vos

Cali Williams Yost
CEO & Founder
Flex Strategy Group

Jonah Stillman
Entrepreneur, speaker, and writer
Author of Gen Z @ Work

Diane Mulcahy
Consultant, advisor, speaker, and writer
Author of The Gig Economy

Nicholas Whittall
Managing Director
Accenture Strategy, Talent and Organization