Impostor Syndrome is the sense that you are less accomplished or qualified than your peers. It’s common in many professions where ambition is high, and it’s definitely prevalent in UX, where we have limited visibility into each other’s work. We end up thinking that everyone else knows something we don’t, that everyone is doing better work than we are.
As professionals and as people who have experienced Impostor Syndrome, we have explored its causes and potential solutions in depth. When we’ve presented on the subject, we’ve received feedback about how our presentations have encouraged people to “come out” with their own Impostor Syndrome, and we know that the syndrome is pervasive but seldom discussed openly.
In our interactive workshop, we will share techniques for recognizing and combating Impostor Syndrome. We’ll help participants figure out what they need to do to assist in dealing with it and ultimately work towards the goal of lessening the impact Impostor Syndrome has on their lives and work. Participants will create a personal “toolbox” that they can use whenever Impostor Syndrome rears its ugly head.
Lori Widelitz-Cavallucci (Senior Lead Interaction Designer at Lincoln Financial Group) is a UX designer with more than 15 years of professional experience. She has a versatile background, having worked for agencies like Think Brownstone, Digitas Health, and in-house for Nutrisystem and IBM.
Lori holds a Master's degree in Psychology from Columbia University. She has written about the commonalities between psychology and UX design for Johnny Holland magazine. Lori lives in the Philadelphia area with her family. She manages to balance it all as a minimalist runner. You can find her on Twitter at @lwcavallucci.
Amy Silvers (Product Designer at NASDAQ OMX) is an information architect and UX designer. Over a career of more than 10 years, she has worked for a variety of organizations, for clients ranging from giant corporations to small nonprofits. Her infrequently maintained blog is redmolly.tumblr.com and she tweets as @A_Silvers.
Amy holds a master's in library and information science and is a former children's book editor. She lives and works in the NYC area and is usually covered in cat hair.
1133 15th St. NW
12th Floor, Boardroom
Washington DC 20005
Closest metro stations: McPherson Square, Farragut North
9:00am - Registration, Refreshments, Networking
9:30am - 12:00pm - Workshop