"The Empress Has No Clothes:" A Conversation with Joyce Roché

New York, NY

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The Children's Arts Guild's Women's Group is proud to host a very special evening with Joyce Roché, Guild Board member and retired President & CEO of Girls Inc., speaking about her book The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success and about the effects of gender socialization on children's confidence and sense of self.

Joyce rose from humble circumstances to earn an Ivy League MBA and become the first female African-American vice president of Avon, president of a leading hair care company, and CEO of Girls Inc. But despite these accomplishments, she felt like a fraud. She worked more and more, had less and less of a personal life, and was never able to enjoy her success.

In The Empress Has No Clothes, a deeply personal memoir, Joyce shares her lifelong struggle with what she now recognizes as “the impostor syndrome,” a condition that plagues successful people in all walks of life. Based on her own experiences and those of top executives from organizations such as Eileen Fisher, Citigroup, BET, Pepsi, and Tupperware, in the book she offers practical advice and valuable coping strategies that can help people embrace their own worth and live a life of joy, zest, and fulfillment.

In this conversation, Joyce will share some of the insights she has gleaned from speaking with hundreds of people about the formative experiences that become triggers for the impostor syndrome and will discuss how we can begin to help children take pride in and ownership of their success.