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Conquering the impostor syndrome to claim the joy, zest, and power of your success

Welcome to Empress Has No Clothes

This is an online community dedicated to helping people who struggle with the impostor syndrome claim the joy, zest, and power of their success.
Too many of us fritter away too much time, talent, and emotional energy fearing that the success we have achieved is not warranted and therefore seeing failure lurking behind every door. Inspired by my life-long struggle with the impostor syndrome, this community offers people from all walks of life a supportive place to share their experiences with impostor feelings and their techniques for conquering them.



Lessons I have learned that I would tell my younger self


Last week I introduced a four-part series of lessons on the road to success which was made possible by letters from four amazing senior women executives who talked candidly about their experiences on the road to success. Jennifer, our first amazing woman, shared the lesson that we don’t have to work so hard and sacrifice so much in order to achieve our goals. She taught us that perfection is overrated and that we need to relax and give ourselves a break. 
If you missed Jennifer’s letter just go to the Articles section of the website to read it.

I am excited to share another powerful life lesson from our second incredible senior executive woman, Tamika. You will hear from Tamika that she learned she didn’t have to constantly prove her worth and prove that “she was not a mistake”.

Here is Tamika’s lesson:

Dear Tamika,
You were not a mistake and you don’t have to continue to prove that you weren’t a mistake.  God doesn’t make mistakes. 

 In fact, isn’t that what my great grandmother meant when she said to my mother at the age of 18, “One day you will be so happy that you had that baby…”  So when is that “one day” you continuously ask yourself as you continue to let that control you, push you and even define you.  Be brave… as you can hear the whisper “One day this will all seem worth it. Someday, I will make you proud.” 



Joyce Roche featured on Bloomberg Business' "How Did I Get Here?







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Joyce Roche was the President and CEO of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization in New York until her retirement in 2010. Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roche' served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc.

Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roche' served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc. While at Avon, Ms. Roche' broke new ground, becoming Avon's first African American female vice president, the first African American vice president of marketing, and the company's first vice president of global marketing.

Ms. Roche' has received widespread acclaim for her achievements in the business world: In 2015 she was featured in Business Week's "How Did I Get Here" Profile and in 1998, Business Week selected her as one of the "Top Managers to Watch". 1997 she was featured on the cover of Fortune and in 1991 and 1994 respectively, Black Enterprise named Roche' one of the "21 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America" and one of the "40 Most Powerful Black Executives." In 2014 The Financial Times selected her as an Outstanding Corporate Director and in 2015 she received the Presidential Medal of Honor from her alma mater, Dillard University.