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Conquering the impostor syndrome to claim the joy, zest, and power of your success

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This is an online community dedicated to helping people who struggle with the impostor syndrome claim the joy, zest, and power of their success.
Too many of us fritter away too much time, talent, and emotional energy fearing that the success we have achieved is not warranted and therefore seeing failure lurking behind every door. Inspired by my life-long struggle with the impostor syndrome, this community offers people from all walks of life a supportive place to share their experiences with impostor feelings and their techniques for conquering them.


Happy Women's History month!

To all of the incredible women, who have made this country what it is and continue to work to make it all it can be, I salute you!

Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." (Right! We didn't get a month until later)

In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month." These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

In celebration of Women's History Month, I am honored that my article CONQUERING IMPOSTOR SYNDROME: LESSONS FROM FEMALE AND MINORITY BUSINESS LEADERS is included in the new Leader to Leader virtual issue collection 'Leadership For an Equitable Society' .

This special issue is part of Wiley's new RISE/Research in Support of Equity initiative.

Enjoy the article and celebrate the women in your life!

Joyce Roche featured on Bloomberg Business' "How Did I Get Here?

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Ms. Roché has received widespread acclaim for her achievements in the business world: In 2015 she was featured in Business Week’s “How Did I Get Here” and in 1998, Business Week selected her as one of the “Top Managers to Watch,” and in 1997 she was featured on the cover of Fortune. In 1991 and 1994 respectively, Black Enterprise named Roché one of the “21 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America” and one of the “40 Most Powerful Black Executives.”

In 2014 The Financial Times selected her as an Outstanding Corporate Director and in 2015 she received the Presidential Medal of Honor from her alma mater, Dillard University. In 2006, Ms. Roché received the Legacy Award during Black Enterprise magazine’s “Women of Power Summit,” and in 2007, she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Columbia University Women in Business.

"She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Macy's Inc., and Chairs the board of the Chatham County Hospital Authority. Ms. Roché also serves on the The Savannah Economic Development Authority and The Savannah Trade Center. Ms. Roche' previously served on the boards of AT&T Inc.,Tupperware Brands Corporation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, May Department Stores, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., Girls Inc., and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She is the former Vice Chair of the board of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Dillard University, where she is now Trustee Emerita.