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About usFaculty of Behavioural and Social SciencesResearchRosalind Franklin FellowshipRosalind Franklin Commemoration Event - April 2016

Vreneli Stadelmaier

Within ‘SheConsult’ she coaches high-educated women helping them to take next steps in their career and fully develop their talents. She is the author of the book ‘F*ck that insecurity’, which will be translated soon into English. She has recently received the ‘Joke Smit price’. After 20 years of experience as entrepreneur, Vreneli is convinced that the lack of women in board rooms and top positions is specially caused by feelings of insecurity. She believes that only if we work for diminishing these feelings, things will change.

Sure She Can. Crush this insecurity!

Do you ever feel as if you are pretending to be bigger or better than you are in reality? That everyone has expectations of you that you may not be able to live up to? That you are afraid of being found out, while you do know that, actually, that is not correct?

Or perhaps there is nothing wrong at all with your self-confidence, and you really know what you are capable of. You exude confidence as well. And yet, sometimes there is that little voice that makes you doubt. This is called the impostor syndrome. That is what this theatre lecture is about.

The presentation stimulates women to reflect on their own insecurity and the insecurity of women around them. Not until you know how that insecurity works, until you know where it comes from, when it affects you, and what the symptoms are, will you be able to do something about it. For yourself. But you 1 can also help others, for example, colleagues, friends, or your daughter, to get rid of their impostor syndrome. In this show, we assume that women are powerful, women are not pitiful, and are not suppressed by men.

But we do suffer, more than men, from hindering thoughts that make us insecure. And you can’t see that on the outside. By talking with each other about the inside, it becomes easier to discuss, lighter, makes it possible to laugh about it sometimes and, by mirroring each other, to get rid of those thoughts. The Theatre Lecture is a first initiative to deal with this theme with light-heartedness, humour, but with power as well.

Vreneli Stadelmaier

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