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June 23, 2021

Kick Imposter Syndrome to the Curb

Imposter syndrome — the persistent belief that one is undeserving of her successes and will be discovered as a “fraud” — is a hot topic in the professional community, particularly for women. As we lean into 2021, it’s time to banish this invisible adversary, and we’re creating an open space for professional women to do just that.

The NC Chamber invites you to participate in a complimentary Imposter Syndrome Working Group. This initiative will bring together professional women across North Carolina on a regular basis to share their experiences and strategies for conquering feelings of professional insecurity. One-hour virtual meetings will include time for candid sharing, guest speakers and tailored presentations–all aimed at giving you a modern toolkit for embracing your worth and kicking imposter syndrome to the curb.

Workshop #2: Conquer Your Inner Critical Voice

Speaker: Marisa Ciesluk, Leadership and Executive Coach, MWC Coaching 

Speaker HeadshotMarisa Wheeling Ciesluk is the Chief Fire Starter at MWC Coaching. As a certified leadership and executive coach, she helps people ignite the fire inside of them so they can be the leader they are designed to be. Through coaching, speaking and leadership learning labs, Marisa emboldens leaders to create caring cultures, embrace curiosity, and be courageous to enhance organizational productivity, reduce burnout, and increase employee engagement. As a lover of the outdoors, Marisa is no stranger to challenges. She faced her profound fear of heights and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, completed two marathons, and endured a half-Ironman. A working mother to a young daughter, wife, and entrepreneur, she’s living proof that one can persevere and achieve goals with courage and confidence by adjusting one’s mindset. Marisa and her family reside in Charlotte, NC.


Wednesday, June 23
1:00 pmWelcome and Opening Remarks
1:05 pmConquer Your Inner Critical Voice

One of the fundamental ways that imposter syndrome presents is through the negative inner voice- the voice of self-doubt, the voice of “not me.” It’s the voice that says, “I’m not good enough to apply for that job,” “I shouldn’t speak up in that meeting because I’m not a senior leader,” or “I’m not ready to take on that leadership role or apply for that promotion.” It is the voice that shows up whenever you are on the cusp of doing something big, leaving your comfort zone, and being true to you. Whatever the negative voice inside tells you, the good news is that it’s not you. It is simply one of the many voices inside of you, and you have the choice which one to listen to and act on.

In this session on conquering your negative inner voice, you will:

  • Recognize your negative inner voice and understand why you have it.
  • Shift the relationship with your negative inner voice.
  • Discover practical tools to conquer the negative inner voice so you can move forward and stretch your comfort zone.
  • Practice listening to the voice that will help you achieve your goals and reach your potential.
1:35 pmInteractive Group Activity
1:50 amQ&A with Speaker and Closing Remarks
2:00 pmEvent Adjourns