OpenCon Community Call on Imposter Syndrome (25 April)

Hi All

This OpenCon Community Call may be of interest.


OpenCon Community Call
Wednesday, April 25th at 6PM CEST / 5 PM BST / 12 EDT / 9AM PDT

This month, SPARC’s Executive Director Heather Joseph, said “I would actually be more worried if folks in our community didn’t sometimes feel impostor syndrome, because that’s what happens when smart, committed people care deeply about the work they are doing and the people they are doing it for - and don’t want to let anyone down…”. So, we want you to know, if you feel like you’re waiting for everyone to realise you’re a fraud, totally unqualified, or that your successes are due to luck, you might be experiencing Imposter Syndrome… and that can be a good sign. We want you to know that you’re not alone, many in the community struggle with it. While there is no quick fix to Imposter Syndrome, talking helps. With that in mind, join us on this month’s community call to discuss:

  • How has / does Imposter Syndrome affect you?
  • What tactics have you found helpful for you?
  • What would you say to others struggling?
  • How can we make the most of our Imposter Syndrome?
  • How is Impostor Syndrome socialized/reinforced by gender/race?
  • How can we support others with Imposter Syndrome, ourselves and as a community?

As ever, we invite you to join the discussion which will be taking place on Wednesday, April 25th at 6PM CEST / 5 PM BST / 12 EDT / 9AM PDT. Let us know if you’ll be joining us by RSVPing at this page.

We hope that the call will help give you tactics to deal with Imposter Syndrome, connect you with others who are also struggling, and help us all understand how we can support one another. As ever, we welcome folks to join the discussion to listen, but encourage folks to come prepared to share their experiences in the discussion if they can… you’re totally qualified.

If you can’t make it to the call, but want to share your experience, a resource, or something else, jump into the notes here, and contribute today. We’ll share your contribution on the call, and and it’ll be circulated along with the call notes themselves.

Hear you there,


P.s Next month we’re thinking of theming the community call on burnout. If you have experiences with burnout you’d like to share, or want to hear us discuss a certain angle, please get in touch. We know this might be hard to discuss for those who most need it, so if you’d be interested in joining, but have concerns, I’d love to hear from you and work to adapt the call.


I’ll join because #impostorsyndromeforlaif hope to see some goshers there!

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