Employee Learning and Engagement Thought Leader Series: ‘Do I Belong Here? Recognizing and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome’ May 5

ELE Thought Leader Series: Maureen Gannon

Join HR Employee Learning and Engagement for the next event in its Thought Leader Series. “Do I Belong Here? Recognizing and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome” with Maureen Gannon, associate dean for faculty development, professor of medicine, professor of cell and developmental biology and professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, will be on Thursday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom.

In this session, participants will learn how to define imposter syndrome and who is most likely to have imposter syndrome feelings. Participants also will learn practical tips on how to overcome or mitigate these feelings when they arise and how to help others who experience these feelings.

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This workshop is Level 2: Comment and Connect, which may involve chat interactions, polls and non-verbal Zoom reactions.

The virtual Thought Leader Series brings distinguished leaders and experts to share their expertise with the VU community, providing employees the opportunity to hear and learn from the best and brightest minds on a variety of trending topics. Presented as an engaging experience using a virtual platform, attendees are invited to interact with expert speakers via question-and-answer sessions.

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About the speaker

Dr. Maureen Gannon is a native of Queens, New York. She received her B.S. from Molloy College, her M.S. from Adelphi University, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University Medical College.  Gannon conducted her postdoctoral training in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University and was recruited to the faculty in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine in 2001. She became a full professor in 2016. The research in the Gannon lab focuses on the development and regeneration of beta cells and has implications for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. She has been funded by the NIH, JDRF, ADA and the VA. She has held leadership roles in the ADA, including chair of the Awards Committee and chair of the Scientific Sessions Planning Committee.

Gannon has trained more than 20 female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in diabetes research and has hosted many female undergraduates and high school students in her lab. She has given workshops nationally and internationally on topics including imposter syndrome, effective mentoring, conflict management and communication styles. In 2019, she was awarded the Vanderbilt University Thomas A. Hazinski Award for effectiveness in mentoring and professional development for faculty. She was appointed the inaugural associate dean for faculty development at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in September 2019.

Gannon lives in Nashville with her husband and son, who is a college freshman. Her hobbies include Irish step dancing, singing, guitar, oil painting and camping.