Skip to Content

Discussion for Building Resilience - Assertiveness, Self-confidence, & Imposter Fears

Discussion Group/Brown Bag: Personal Development; Wellness

Jul 07, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker(s): Annie Scheiner, OITE Wellness Advisor
This event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

This event is only for NIH Intramural Trainees currently in our postbac, graduate student, and postdoc programs.  This session will be held online via Zoom and the link will be distributed in NIH Trainee Listserv announcements. If you need the link immediately please email 

Sometimes asking for what we need in an assertive and confident manner can be difficult, especially if we are also experiencing negative thoughts about our accomplishments and capabilities.  At times, our inner voice causes many of us to feel less confident and knowledgeable than we really are - - so we feel like an imposter.  If you ever feel like you have a great suggestion for improving efficiency in your lab but lack the confidence to bring it to the attention of your PI;  or when you need additional resources for your experiments or time off for an important family activity but don't know how to ask, this session will help you to explore strategies for facing and minimizing negative thoughts, identifying positive qualities, and communicating your needs in a more assertive and confident manner.

Please join us for a discussion with OITE Wellness Advisor, Annie Scheiner. The discussion group provides a welcoming and confidential space to explore positive and proactive ways to build resilience and self-care skills.

To request sign language interpreters or CART Services, you can contact NIH Interpreting Services by phone at 301-402-8180 or by using the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or by submitting a request online. If you have other, disability-related accommodation requests for this event, please contact Dr. Laura Marler at Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the Event.