Are you an imposter? How to identify, deal with and overcome Imposter Syndrome

Event date/time: Thu, 11 November 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm GMT

Imposter syndrome is a very real feeling for a lot of people, and particularly those in professional services. Whilst originally it was a phrase to describe an internal state of mind for high achievers (and most specifically women) it’s now recognised as affecting individuals at all stages in their life and careers, and very much applies to people from all walks of life. Many of us have experienced imposter syndrome at some stage in our career (whether or not everyone actually admits it!).

A person with imposter syndrome often feels like they are a fraud or a fake and uses certain behaviours to compensate for the constant worry that at any moment, others will discover the ‘truth’ about them. Sound familiar? In fact, it’s estimated that over 60% of the working population have feelings of self-doubt in the workplace.  In addition, the upheaval of the covid pandemic may have exacerbated these feelings for some, with returning to the office and in-person meetings potentially leading to feelings of self-doubt. ​

Taylor Root is hosting a webinar to attempt to destigmatise imposter syndrome. Hosted by Sarah Ingwersen, Global In-house Partner at Taylor Root, we will hear from Professional Coach, Kerry McLaughlin and have a panel discussion with two prominent General Counsels about how imposter syndrome has impacted them and how they work around it. Our webinar will focus on;

Keynote speaker;

Kerry McLaughlin
Professional Coach
Kerry is an International Coaching Federation trained professional coach. She is an extremely passionate Coach, and her main aim is to work with individuals at a deep and emotive level, enabling their personal and professional growth. Kerry’s background as a Chartered Tax Advisor and Recruitment specialist are additional qualities that she brings to her coaching. She has a deep level of empathy and understands the pressures of professional services, as well as the interpersonal skills required to help professionals stand apart from the crowd.


Terra Potter
General Counsel, Hexcel Corporation

Terra is General Counsel for EMEA/AP & Industrial with Hexcel Corporation, a global leader in advanced composite technology for the  commercial aerospace, space and defence, and industrial markets.  Terra started her career in private practice at Ince & Co in 2006 before moving in-house to DNV GL Group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012.  Returning to London in 2016, Terra took on a EMEA Regional role with DNV GL, while concurrently managing the global Contract Advisor function and being the Group Legal responsible lawyer for the Energy business.  After seven years with DNV GL, Terra moved to Hexcel in September 2019 as Regional General Counsel EMEA/AP and has been promoted in January 2021 to her current role. 

Sarah Hemsley
General Counsel, Selfridges

Sarah Hemsley qualified as a solicitor in 2001. After starting her career in London at Reed Smith LLP as part of the Employment team, Sarah made the move to working in business and has spent the last 17 years working in-house in retail and hospitality. Sarah is General Counsel at Selfridges, where her role covers legal, data protection, director and company secretary responsibilities, risk management and advisory, ethical trade and sustainability. Sarah is actively involved in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Selfridges and more widely; formerly a trustee of Women in Retail and proud to say she has taken the General Counsel Oath.

Matthew Wilson
General Counsel, Fremantle