They say the more you know, the more you know you don't know. That's bad enough when you're in a field where most things are known, but in a fast-moving field like technology -- especially cloud technology -- it's easy to feel overwhelmed and left-behind.

The problem's especially bad for high performing individuals, who very often feel like any moment now someone's going to find out they're a "fraud" who isn't nearly as good as everyone thinks they are.

Guess what: you're not alone. Everyone feels that way (including, in all likelihood, many of those you look up to).

Join us for a discussion of what Impostor Syndrome is, what causes it, and how to beat it as OpenStack community members Jay Pipes and Liz Joseph and OpenStack:Unlocked Editor in Chief Nick Chase discuss:

  • The definition of Impostor Syndrome
  • Why it hits those who should be least concerned
  • How Impostor Syndrome relates to self-sabotage
  • How to help others with Impostor Syndrome
  • How to overcome Impostor Syndrome in yourself

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About the presenters

Jay Pipes

Jay Pipes

Jay is Director of Upstream Engineering at Mirantis. He manages a team of senior engineers working on developing OpenStack projects in the community. Before Mirantis, he worked at AT&T, focusing on OpenStack development and operations. Previously, he was a Director of Engineering in HP s Open Source Cloud Services team, a development manager and software engineer at Rackspace Cloud, a software engineer at Sun Microsystems and the North American Community Relations Manager at MySQL. Co-author of Pro MySQL (Apress, 2005), Jay has also written articles for Linux Magazine and regularly assists developers in identifying how to make the most effective use of MySQL and other software. He has given sessions on performance tuning at the MySQL Users Conference, RedHat Summit, NY PHP Conference, ZendCon, php-tek, OSCON, and Ohio LinuxFest, amongst others. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Julie, and his beloved dogs.

Elizabeth Joseph

Elizabeth K. Joseph

Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Systems Engineer working for HPE as a core and root member of the OpenStack project Infrastructure team. She has been involved with a variety of open source communities since 2001 and has spent the past decade working in various Linux systems engineering roles.

Nick Chase

Nick Chase

Nick Chase is Sr. Manager of Technical Content at Mirantis and serves as editor-in-chief of the popular OpenStack:Now newsletter, which he created. He is also active in the OpenStack Documentation project. With 20+ years' experience as a developer and author, Nick has written several books and hundreds of articles as an IBM developerWorks Certified Master Author. He also founded and has done Web application development for companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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