Sept 19: Claiming Your Expertise

A Panel of Experts on How They Overcame "Impostor Syndrome" and Claimed Their Expertise

Wednesday, September 19
Noon - 1:30 pm
W525, Goizueta Business School

Have you ever 

  • believed that you have fooled others in your professional world into overestimating your abilities?
  • misattributed your personal success to factors other than your own ability or intelligence (luck, or an evaluator's misjudgement?
  • feared exposure as an impostor?

You are not alone.

In this midday panel discussion, four accomplished faculty from Emory's professional schools will share their own experiences of what is sometimes described as "impostor syndrome" and how they found their way out of it to claim their own expertise. Hear their stories and their best advice.

Brown bag lunches encouraged!


Kristy Towry (moderator)

Vice Dean of Faculty and Research, Goizueta Term Chair, and Professor of Accounting, Goizueta Business School

Professor Towry joined the Goizueta Business School faculty in 2002, after receiving her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience in managerial accounting and finance, including a number of positions at Exxon and Compaq. Professor Towry's research relates to the use of accounting information for managerial decision making, with a focus on managerial control systems and financial incentives. Her research, based on the experimental method, blends theory from economics, psychology, and other social sciences to provide insights into accounting issues. She has published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other accounting and economics journals.

Anandhi Bharadwaj

Goizueta Term Chair & Professor of Information Systems, Operations Management, Goizueta Business School

Professor Bharadwaj joined the Goizueta Business School in 1995 from Texas A&M University where she received her Ph.D. degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. She also holds an M.B.A and a B.S. degree in Mathematics. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Anandhi worked as an information systems consultant at NIIT, a world-wide IT consulting firm and was responsible for IT systems development and executive training for clients world-wide. She currently serves as the Department Editor for the IS track in Management Science and is a Senior Editor for Information Systems Research she has also served as an Associate Editor of MIS Quarterly (2002-2004) and the Journal of AIS. Her research has been published in journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Production and Operations Management, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Tim Holbrook

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory Law School

As the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Tim Holbrook oversees activities that support faculty recruitment, retention, and success at the university level.  Holbrook is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and an internationally recognized patent law scholar. He previously served as Associate Dean of the Faculty at the School of Law, where he helped develop a series of best practices to enhance the number of diverse faculty applicants. His public scholarship has explored both intellectual property and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons.  He joined Emory in 2009 from Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He received his BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and his JD from Yale Law School.

Carol Newsom

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology

Carol A. Newsom is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Candler and a senior fellow at Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Newsom came to Candler in 1980, only the second woman to hold a tenure-track position. In 2005, she became a C.H. Candler Professor, a university-based endowed chair. Professor Newsom's research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. She has written and edited 13 books and scores of articles, book chapters, translations, encyclopedia articles and reviews. She co-edited the acclaimed Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 3rd ed., 2012), now in its third edition, which explores the implications of and challenges long-held assumptions about the Bible’s portrayal of women and other marginalized groups.

Karen L. Sedatole

Professor of Accounting at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Prior to joining Emory University in 2017, she served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and most recently held the position of Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor of Accounting at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business. Karen holds BSE (computer engineering) and MBA degrees and received her PhD from The University of Michigan in 2000. Her research focuses on the design and effectiveness of performance measurement and reward systems, the role of forecasting and budgetary systems within organizations, and control in inter-organizational collaborations. She has partnered with numerous corporations in the auto, chemical, and high-tech industries to generate research relevant to the business community and twice was awarded (along with her co-authors) the Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award. Her research, which includes archival, field research, and experimental methodologies, has been published in Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Management Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, and Accounting, Organizations and Society.  Professor Sedatole is a two-time recipient of the American Accounting Association Notable Contributions to Management Accounting Research Award. She currently serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Allison Adams, CFDE, at 727-5269 or to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

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