Valerie Young
Internationally known speaker, author, and confidence expert

Training Session Leader
Young is an internationally known speaker, author, and confidence expert. Her award-winning book with Random House – The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It – is available in five languages.

Young has spoken on the impostor syndrome to well over 60,000 men and women at such diverse organizations as Intel, Chrysler, Boeing, IBM, Merck, Ernst and Young, BP, and Procter & Gamble as well as at 60 major colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, and Princeton.

Her insight and humor have made her a popular guest and keynote speaker. Some of the associations she has addressed include American Women in Radio and Television, the Society of Women Engineers, the Association of Women in Science, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Young’s career tips have been cited in such publications as Science, O magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, The Chicago Tribune, The Sydney Morning Herald, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, where her research focused on understanding and eliminating the psychological barriers preventing women from embracing their full potential in school and in the workplace. Afterward, Young spent seven years in management at a Fortune 200 company. In addition to her work at, she is the publisher of Changing Course, a newsletter read by 28,000 people around the world.