How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever walked into a classroom or office and felt completely out of place? A little voice in your head says, “everyone else here is so smart, sooner or later they’re all going to realize that I don’t belong. Sooner or later they’ll realize I’m a fake.” This reaction is known as the Imposter Syndrome, which typically affects high-achieving individuals (particularly women) that are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments due to a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

McGill Women in Leadership Students’ Association is proud to present to you a workshop on “How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome,” led by Cassandra Steer. This workshop will aim to study the effects of the Imposter Syndrome so that by the end, we begin to cultivate a new, more empowering voice in our heads that better embraces who we are.


Dr. Cassandra Steer is the Executive Director of Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, and a Wainwright Fellow at the McGill Faculty of Law. Formerly she was the Executive Director of the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, and her current main research interest is the application of the law of armed conflict to military uses of outer space. Prior to coming to Canada at the beginning of 2015, Cassandra was a Junior Professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands where she taught law for 8 years. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales; undergraduate and LLM degrees in Dutch Law and International Law from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in International Criminal Law.

She also occasionally suffers from the imposter syndrome.

Refreshments will be provided!

Accessibility: The SSMU Building is wheelchair accessible, including automatic doors, bathrooms, and elevators. There is a gender-neutral bathroom located on the 4th floor.

NOTE: There is construction across McGill’s campus.

McGill is located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka traditional territory.

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