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Successful Women Podcast Show with your host Gill Donnell MBE


Gill Donnell

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known expert and the author of the award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It with Random House now available in five languages.

 A former manager at a Fortune 200 company herself, Valerie has shared her highly relatable and practical advice to executives, managers, and professionals in the US, Canada, and Europe at dozens of major corporations and law firms including Apple, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Facebook, Intel, Boeing, BP, Ernst & Young, UBS, Emerson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, McDonald’s, Merck, Chrysler, Northwest Mutual, Willkie, Farr, & Gallagher, LLC, and McKenna, Long & Aldridge (now Dentons).

In addition, she has addressed faculty, students and staff at over 80 colleges and universities including repeat engagements at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and University of Pennsylvania.

Her humour and insight has made Valerie a popular speaker for such highly diverse organisations as Society of Women Engineers, International Association of Venue Managers, American Society for Mechanical Engineers American Society for Microbiology, American Women in Radio and Television, Women in Trucking, Romance Writers of America, National Lung Cancer Partnership, and the Connecticut Bar Association.

 Valerie’s work has been cited around the world in dozens of popular and business magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, ScienceO magazine, The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Globe & Mail and on the BBC and Minnesota Public radio.

She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where her research focused on understanding and eliminating the psychological barriers preventing women from embracing their full potential in school and in the workplace. In addition to her research, Valerie was also the founding coordinator of the Social Justice Education program which pioneered what is now popularly known as diversity training.

In addition, Valerie is the founder of where she shows career change seekers how they can create a living doing what they love. Now in its 21sth year, her Changing Course newsletter is read by over 23,000 people worldwide.

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