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‘Imposter Syndrome – Know your worth and stop feeling like a fraud’

Follow-up from our Imposter Syndrome event on February 18th 2019 with speaker Simone Ingram.

‘Imposter Syndrome – Know your worth and stop feeling like a fraud’

What do Sheryl Sandberg, Sonia Sotomayor and Maya Angelou all have in common? They all admit to suffering from Imposter Syndrome.  Even the most capable and talented people, especially women, struggle with having feelings of never being good enough and feeling like a fraud.

Do you think other people are more qualified than you to do your job?  That you’ve just got there by luck or timing?  Believe ‘If I can do it, anybody can’? Agonise over the smallest flaws in your work? When you succeed, do you secretly feel like you fooled everyone again?  Do you fear that it’s only a matter of time before you are ‘found out’?

In Simone’s coaching experience, Imposter Syndrome is really common despite all the external indicators of success; internally individuals can feel it’s a fluke and that one day they’ll be found out.

So if this is a familiar struggle that you identify with, take comfort in the fact you are not alone and here are some tips to help you.

  • Choose to think positive thoughts and challenge negative beliefs
  • Recognise, anticipate and name your imposter feelings – what are your potential triggers?
  • Use your logical brain to reduce feelings of fear and or anxiety
  • Use the power of breathing and adopting a more relaxed and open physical posture, ‘power poses’. The TED Talk by Amy Cuddy shows how the adoption of physical stances can have a positive impact psychologically on you
  • Focus on the elements that you know and believe you are GOOD at

These are just some ways you can manage and reduce your imposter feelings.  What will work for someone may not for another but you CAN change and manage your self-limiting beliefs and body so as to reduce your imposter feelings.  BUT it will take a conscious effort on your part to expand out of your comfort zones to develop new habits and ways of thinking and in turn feelings.  You will need to be patient, persistent and importantly you will need to show yourself some compassion!

Simone Ingram, an Executive Coach from 3E Coaching, with over 20 years international corporate and leadership development experience, coaches leaders and high potential individuals helping them understand and work through challenges they are facing or key decisions they are contemplating, dealing with Imposter Syndrome, a lack of self-confidence and or emotional intelligence; enthusing and empowering them to recognise their full range of talents and capabilities leading to increased confidence, resilience, creativity and adoption of new leadership behaviours. 

If you have any further questions, do please feel free to reach out to Simone.




IMO hosts event under Women in Maritime programme to train female officials

IMO is continuing its ongoing efforts to ensure women can reach top ranks in the maritime sector, through its Women in Maritime programme.

IMO is continuing its ongoing efforts to ensure women can reach top ranks in the maritime sector, through its Women in Maritime programme. The latest event was a two-week training course for female officials from maritime and port authorities of developing countries, in Le Havre, France (11-22 June).

At the Institut Portuaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER), 23 female officials from 14 developing countries* had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of port management and operational efficiency. They also took part in lectures on a variety of port matters including management, security, marine environment, marketing, tariffs and logistics as well as facilitation of maritime traffic, ship/port interface and concession contracts.

Delivered in French, organized visits to the Port of Le Havre and the Port of Rouen, enabled participants to experience for themselves the day-to-day operations of a port, with a view to applying this knowledge back in their respective countries.

The event was delivered through IMO’s gender and capacity-building programme, in collaboration with the Le Havre Port Authority. It comes as part of IMO’s continuous efforts to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Demand for this course has continued to grow substantially over the past three years, however further funding will need to be secured to keep up with the increased demand.

Source: Devdiscourse

October Newsletter



October 2016

Welcome to our newsletter


New WISTA UK Website

WISTA UK has launched its new website, members should have received an email with a link to log in and update their passwords and profiles, if you can’t find it please contact us and we will resend it. The new website will become a vital part of WISTA UK building an online community as well as the physical one, we will have discussion groups, online networking and a market place.



Reminder: 2016 WISTA international AGM!

Just a quick reminder that the AGM this year is being hosted by WISTA USA onboard the MS Koningsdam, departing Fort Lauderdale on 9 November 2016.

For further details and to register for the AGM please visit the WISTA website at:  http://www.wista2016international.com/

Diary dates!
3 November 
Drinks, WISTA UK Liverpool, venue tbc

15 November WISTA UK London – Joint Networking with Time & Tide After Hours – National Maritime (NMDG) 
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
The Old Tea Warehouse, 4-8 Creechurch Lane, London EC3A 5AY
Cost: Free

9-13 November WISTA International AGM and Conference, MS Koningsdam

£1.5m raised for OSCAR

Hundreds of shipping luminaries joined forces at the 3rd annual Dragon Boat Race on 16 September to raise money for the OSCAR Campaign and brought the total funds raised to an incredible £1.5million target. 19 teams took to dragon boats on the Thames, racing each other and competing for the coveted winner’s medals. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register and Liberian Registry, the event was a resounding success.
The biggest fundraisers of the day were Union Maritime and Scorpio, each raising over £21,000. But the winning team – in gruelling windy conditions on a chilly Thames – were the North of England P&I Club.

Photos of the 2016 event can be found at:


Mapping a maritime career

On 12 October, WISTA Southampton held an event at Southampton Solent University to discuss careers at sea and what can be done to attract more people into the shipping industry.

Students studying maritime courses at Southampton Solent and Plymouth Universities joined industry representatives from entities including SeaVision, Lloyds Register, Human Rights at Sea and IMS Shipping to discuss what young people need and expect when making decisions about maritime careers.

For a full story of the event see: https://www.solent.ac.uk/news/school-of-maritime-science-and-engineering/2016/maritime-careers-wista

Meet a member!

Héra Mpondo – Mines & Metals Risk Analyst at Anglo American

Hera is a Risk Specialist within the Mining industry. She focuses on Base and Precious metals
trading at Anglo American where she is in charge of risk measurement for Thermal Coal, Platinum and Copper markets.

Her experience has included several Consulting positions, where she specialized in advising investment banking institutions and trading & shipping houses on their risk management tools and policies.

Hera holds an MBA from the University of Geneva where she specialized in Commodity Trading and Shipping and she also achieved a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Commodity Trading from the Geneva School of Economics and Management.

Hera is a member of the CTA Alumni association, a group related to the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association which aims at promoting networking among its members and between its members and the trading and shipping industry worldwide. 





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