Imposter Feelings Resources

Links to Imposter Feelings Talks

This year I’ll be presenting a talk on Imposter Feelings or, more commonly known as Imposter Syndrome. The title of the talk is “Imposter Syndrome: I Don’t Feel Like Who You Think I Am.” and I gave it at BSidesDC in 2017.

[UPDATE] – Link to the video from:


I intend on making a fuller blog entry about it after the talks but wanted to provide some resources that I found helpful during my researching the talk content. They are in no specific order.

  1. Dr. Pauline Clance (one of the original people that described Imposter Phenomenon) –
  13. Nickolas Means’ RailsConf 2014 talk –

Imposter Feelings Graphic

Here is a graphic that captures the perspective that many people with Imposter Feelings have when examining their skills and abilities in comparison to other’s.

Imposter feelings graphic
Graphic showing perspectives of people with Imposter syndrome and feelings.


The talk’s abstract is below and I will update this post with links to the video of the talks after they are completed.

Several years ago I was walking back to my hotel after a day’s worth of DerbyCon talks and it hit me all at once. “I’m an infosec fraud. I’m not finding 0-day exploits. I’m not hacking cars or Internets of Things and I don’t know PowerShell. I don’t belong in infosec.” It was a hard revelation to grasp because I loved infosec and the people in it. But that was my “truth” back then and I went home and looked for jobs outside of the computer industry. What I didn’t know at that time was that these feelings were normal, showed I was learning and growing and that they also had a name: Imposter Syndrome.

Does this sound like someone you know? If so, come join me and learn not only about “Imposter Syndrome” but how I am dealing with it and how you and your colleagues can too.

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