Say Goodbye to Impostor Syndrome

and watch your team’s productivity explode.

Impostor Syndrome expert, keynote speaker and former NASA Propulsion Engineer Maureen Zappala empowers high achievers to conquer their secret self-doubt, to forge a more robust, agile and profitable organization.

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Did you know that even your most brilliant team members may be
doubting their own brilliance?

(Despite their success, they feel unqualified for their job. They look accomplished, but they feel like frauds.)


And it’s the single most significant obstacle preventing your best people from giving their best effort.

Impostor Syndrome leads to poor performance, burnout, employee disengagement and high turnover.

  • It masks as a skill gap because capable people fear new challenges.
  • It suppresses creativity and stifles innovation, leaving critical problems unsolved.
  • It clogs communication because people don’t speak up.
  • At the extreme, it leads to anxiety, depression, relationship problems, isolation, carelessness and apathy.
  • It costs an organization time, revenue and opportunity.

Maureen has a solution!
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Get ready to propel your team to peak performance. 

Maureen’s keynotes challenge, inspire and entertain your team with research-based strategies.


What do Companies and event planners say about Maureen?

“Maureen was a huge hit with our attendees! She had great energy, stories, and humor, as well as practical strategies that will help immediately. Impostor syndrome is a real problem among engineers, and Maureen gave us a solution.”
Dr. Kenneth LuiProgram Chair, AIAA
“As expected, Maureen hit it out of the park! She brought the Impostor Syndrome front and center. I’m confident she made a big impact on our team!
Don McIntoshCEO, Rea & Associates
“Maureen, thank you for your talk! It was insightful, excellent, and on target. Thank you!”
George MoranFounder, Executive Director, Non-Destructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA)
“Thank you on behalf of all the participants for your truly inspiring and transformative session! It was so informative and really has kept many of us thinking.”
Kristine NajaarAssociate Principal Scientist, Merck Pharmaceuticals



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Who is the ideal audience?

Leaders & High Achievers

Organizations who want their teams to give their best effort and reach their highest potential.

STEM Organizations

Professionals / Leaders — especially women engineers and technical experts — who suffer from a confidence cutback, yet want to live with bold professional enthusiasm.

Employee Resource Groups

Organizations that value and promote awareness in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

When your leaders and top performers are free from Impostor Syndrome

they align their CONFIDENCE to their COMPETENCE, and they will:

  • Drive your organization to be more robust, agile and profitable.
  • Procrastinate less. Delegate more. Waste less time. Get more done.
  • Blow you away with a new level of productivity.
  • Boldly accept new challenges.
  • Build high-performing teams with a “Can do, will do” attitude.
  • Be wellsprings of creativity and innovation.
  • Have significantly more influence on the organization.
  • Feel deep satisfaction in contributing to the organization.
  • Improve their overall well-being, and truly enjoy the career they deserve.

Maureen Zappala professional speaker.

As an  in-demand professional speaker and former NASA engineer, Maureen knows the Impostor Syndrome well. She lived with it for years at NASA.

Today, her “Fraud-Free Framework” strategies show your most promising leaders and team members how to KNOCK-OUT the SELF-DOUBT that causes them to dismiss their skills and discount their success.

Invite Maureen to share these strategies with your team, so they can live with bold confidence and embrace their true value. They will feel great about being great!

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Speaking Topics for Impostor Syndrome

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Podcast, Books & Other Resources

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Why Maureen?

Keynote Speaker & Author

When  the NASA Lewis Research Center hired me as a research engineer for the Propulsion Systems Laboratory, I thought, “They only hired me because they need more women.” I was filled with self-doubt.

The truth was that even though I wasn’t a straight-A student, it made sense for NASA to hire me. My childhood dream was to be an engineer. I had college summer internships at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. I interview well. 🙂

So, I was a great fit for NASA. I just didn’t believe it.

Terrified of failing, I worked harder than I thought possible. I believed if my boss saw my hard work, he wouldn’t notice I didn’t belong.

But with every project and promotion, that same fear snuck in. “I don’t belong here. I’m not as smart as everyone thinks I am.”

Years later I discovered millions suffer from the same self-doubt-fueled fear of Impostor Syndrome. It crushes creativity and stifles the strengths of individuals in organizations everywhere.

I dove into the topic and as a result of my research, my reflections, and my experience, YOU benefit! I show people how Impostor Syndrome affects their lives, and how to escape its grip. I’ll share my insights so you don’t have to suffer with it as long as I did, despite having built a great reputation at NASA.

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Working with Maureen is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Book her.

She is easy to work with, and will deliver tremendous value. You will love the humor, stories, research and energy. So will your team!

2. Plan the event.

She’ll customize the content for a memorable event.

3. Experience it.

Your audience will leave changed and challenged. And you’ll be the rock star for bringing Maureen to your group! 

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See Maureen in Action

Download this FREE PDF infographic and begin silencing your Impostor Syndrome…


With this helpful resource you will discover:

  • The symptoms of Impostor Syndrome
  • The negative effects that self-doubt can have on you or your organzization
  • The positive changes you can expect by overcoming it
  • The Fraud-Free Framework (5 steps that can IMMEDIATELY change your impostor syndrome experience)

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