Can we overcome imposter syndrome?

Monday 14 September 2020

Duration: 6:20PM - 7:30PM

Status: Completed

A ThinkIn for Fora Restore Week.

Ever had an anxiety dream just before a big event? Ever felt like you were ‘winging it’ at work, just waiting to be found out for the charlatan you are? If so, you’re in good company. Many people suffer, or have suffered, from what is commonly called ‘imposter syndrome’. For some, the feelings are fleeting – triggered by a bad meeting or disappointing result. For others, living day to day with persistent feelings that life you haven’t earned the success you have – in your job or relationships – can be crippling. It can affect anybody, even the most successful and impressive of us.

Join Tortoise editors and a lineup of extraordinary business leaders to listen to their personal stories of overcoming imposter syndrome, and to learn how we can all feel more confident and at ease with ourselves.

Editor: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

About speakers

Rita Clifton is a business leader and bestselling author. She started her career in advertising, becoming vice chairman and strategy director at Saatchi & Saatchi. She spent 15 years as London CEO and then Chairman at global brand consultancy Interbrand. She has advised leading companies, start-ups and businesses all over the world, and, in 2013, she co-founded the business and brand consultancy BrandCap which now has offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. In addition to being a non-executive director on the board of businesses including ASOS, Nationwide and previously BUPA, her non-profit work has included being a board trustee of the WWF (Worldwide for Nature) and a member of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Rita Clifton is a regular commentator across the media, including CNN and the BBC. She received a CBE for services to the advertising industry in 2014. 

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa joined Career Ready as CEO in January 2020, following his role as CEO of the Foyer Federation. He has a track record of executing innovative concepts, particularly within the media and youth development sectors. He was a Cabinet Office appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador from 2007-2010 and invited to 10 Downing Street three years in a row to advise on diversity, youth development and social entrepreneurship.

Stevie Spring is Chairman of the British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations organisation and a £1bn turnover teaching and exams business. She also Chairs Mind, the mental health charity, having previously chaired Children a decade. Described by The Guardian as ‘a media industry grandee’, she was CEO of two international media companies and is now a portfolio director, investor and adviser to private equity. She Chairs Kino-mo – a technology company specialising in 3D holography; is a director and Chairman of Remuneration for the £10bn turnover Coop Group; and she recently completed the sales of both Ladbroke Coral Group Plc to GVC and the ITG Group to Equistone. Stevie was named by GQ magazine as one of the UK’s 100 most connected women; and is on the Telegraph/Debretts list of Britain’s 500 most influential people.

Doors open at 6.20pm for a welcome and briefing. Come early to get settled, meet the team and chat to other members. ThinkIn starts at 6.30pm.

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