Feeling Like a Fraud: The Impact of Imposter Syndrome on Women in the Workplace
Imposter syndrome is an intrapersonal phenomenon which causes feelings of self-doubt, not being good enough, and not deserving success. Child life specialists spend much of their time in a unique spotlight which may be accompanied by nagging feelings of unworthiness or not measuring up. This Plenary session will examine both research-based and anecdotal evidence of the impact of imposter syndrome on women in highly visible roles. Proven strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome will also be explored.
Participants will explore the historical significance and current literature on imposter syndrome, especially as it relates to women.
Participants will discuss the psychological process that defines imposter syndrome.
Participants will explore the impact of imposter syndrome on their own personal lives as well as professional practices.
Participants will identify strategies for combating and overcoming imposter syndrome.
DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital Of Colorado on the Surgical, Rehabilitation, Trauma, Orthopedics, Neurology, and Burn inpatient unit.
BS in Psychology from St. Edwards University
MS in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College.
Previously Child Life Specialist II at Shriners Hospital for Children Houston.
Facility Dog Program Coordinator
Kizzy Marco is a two-time graduate of the University of Iowa and has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2012. She began her career at Cook Children's Medical Center where she worked for 6 years. Currently, Kizzy serves as a Program Coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado, alongside her very best friend, Ralph Lauren the dog. Kizzy is considered a national expert in the field of facility dog work. Kizzy's other professional interests include writing, diversity and equality, public speaking, and combating impostor syndrome.
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