Re.engineer Magazine - Summer 2021

T R E N D I N G L E A D E R S

Q: A recent survey of ours identified that the #1 reason why there is a decline in minority representation in STEM is related to Imposter Syndrome. Have you experienced this barrier and if so, how did you overcome it? Beryl: I absolutely have experienced imposter syndrome. I did not realize it until I attended a workshop at my job on Imposter Syndrome. I overcome it, daily, by first, recognizing what it is. From there, I do not allow myself to have self-sabotaging thoughts, and I reframe my thinking to more positive thoughts. If there is something I do not know, “I think to myself, how can you fill that gap? I can always identify a resource who knows this thing.” Then, I go utilize that resource. I A LSO A LLOW MYSELF GR A CE , A S I A M ONLY HUM A N A ND NO HUM A N C A N M A STER IT A LL . Finally, I continuously seek feedback from my managers, peers and mentors. I look for areas to improve, but I also seek feedback on my strengths. Q. What keeps you up at night? Doing a great job within the constraint of 24 hours keeps me up at night. As we all know, problem-solving can span a large number of days, week, months and even years. In the midst of problem solving, I often keep thinking toward a solution, well beyond work hours. When I do manage to get to sleep, I continue to problem solve in my sleep. The cool thing about this; however, is that I can honestly say I have dreamt up solutions! ▪

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