Joyce Roché, retired CEO of Girls, Inc., will discuss and sign copies of her new book, The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success, on Monday, October 28th from 1-2PM at Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please call Park Place Outreach at 912-234-4048 to reserve a spot.
During her presentation on the topic “Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success,” Roché will discuss impostor syndrome, a feeling of being a fraud and not deserving one’s success. She will examine how imposter syndrome impacted her own life and the lives of many other successful people whose stories are documented in the book and provide techniques for quieting the voice of self-doubt.
While speaking to Roché about Imposter Syndrome, when she discovered it and how it is treated, she had this to say: “I discovered the term “Impostor Syndrome” by accident. In 2005 I contributed to a book by Ellyn Spragin called What I Know Now: Letters to my Younger Self, where she asked this question of me and 29 other women: ‘If you could speak with your 30 year old self with the knowledge you have today what would you say?’ I described in my letter my time in Corporate America, where I was climbing the corporate ladder and being very successful but I was not enjoying the journey because I had this little voice in my head that said ‘you are going to stumble and “they” will find out you are not as smart as they thought you were and they will say things like ‘we knew she wasn’t ready’ and ‘we knew she couldn’t cut it’ and how this fear and self-doubt caused me to work long hours, over prepare for everything, and not enjoy my success. I ended my letter by saying that I wish I had known that I deserved the success that I had worked so hard to achieve. When Ellyn’s book was published and my letter was one of three that was reprinted in O Magazine I received a number of emails and notes from people who said I was telling their story. At the same time there was an event where we discussed her book and someone told me that what I was describing in my letter was called “Impostor Syndrome”, which is the first time I heard the term.”
Roché, who is now secretary of the Park Place Outreach Board of Directors, previously served as COO and president of Carson Products Company, now part of L’Oreal, and was the first female African-American vice president of Avon Products, where she oversaw global marketing. Roché has been a trailblazer in the corporate world for 25 years.
Roche was recently featured in USA Today and the Huffington Post, and she appeared on a segment on Today New York.
In The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self- Doubt to Embrace Success (Berrett-Koehler, 2013), written with Alexander Kopelman, Roché shares her own lifelong struggle with impostor syndrome. She uses her own experiences and those of other high-achieving leaders who have suffered from impostor syndrome to offer advice and coping strategies. Each chapter of Roché’s book includes first-person accounts by well-known leaders, including BET Network Chairman Debra Lee and former General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre, who have struggled with impostor syndrome. Throughout the book, readers learn the difference between insecurity and impostor syndrome, common behavioral symptoms of impostor syndrome and strategies for overcoming it. Roché also examines the reasons why women, young professionals, the economically disadvantaged and minorities are especially susceptible to impostor syndrome.
To learn more about impostor syndrome and to take a quiz to find out whether you suffer from it, visit www.empresshasnoclothes.com