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Women with ADHD: Untangling Achievement from Self-Worth

ADHD Coaching Forum



A monthly ADHD coaching forum – recording

August hosted by Liz Welshman

Event Information

Smart, driven and successful are not features that align with culturally embedded ideas of ADHD. Yet they’re strikingly typical amongst a rising number of women and girls who have finally received a diagnosis. New awareness and attribution of their struggles to ADHD often exists in sharp contrast with burnout and low self-esteem from years of not measuring up to perfectionist expectations. As agents for change, coaches have a unique opportunity to partner with women in separating their sense of self from their ADHD, double down on their strengths and explore unchallenged beliefs around productivity and achievement as virtues.

Core Competencies:

Competency 7 – Evoked Awareness

Competency 8 – Facilitates Client Growth.


VPD speaker Liz Welshman headshot

Liz Welshman, ACC

Liz Welshman is a certified ADHD coach partnering with adults and students sick of executive function challenges getting in the way of their brilliance. Liz’s practice is centred around helping smart but burned out professionals, frazzled caregivers and out-of-the-box thinkers reimagine their potential and accept ADHD traits with a sense of humour. Her interest in ADHD began on a (flailing) search for “good enough” parenting strategies to help her son embrace his square-peggedness. Liz has a background in PR and communications and holds degrees in Law and Journalism, alongside her ACC credential with ICF

Key Learning Takeaways

  • Women and girls with ADHD face unique challenges
  • Women with ADHD often equate their self-worth with academic and professional achievements
  • ADHD symptoms can be in conflict with gender norms and expectations
  • A core function of ADHD coaching is helping people appreciate their strengths rather than mask their weaknesses

ICF Members

$20 AUD

Non Members

$50 AUD

Event Date
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Continuing Coach Education Units

.5 CCEU in Core Competencies

1 CCEU in Resource Development

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