Authenticity, Masking, and Managing it All as a Gifted/ADHD Woman – 2022



Oftentimes women identified as Gifted with ADHD don’t understand the implications of this combination of strengths and struggles. What’s most often misunderstood is the strengths-based perspective of ADHD and the challenges of being gifted. The combination of passions and paralysis, of challenges and champions leave what research refers to as “Twice Exceptional,” in a tail spin. Do I mask my deficits? Do I hide my super powers? Twice exceptional women are caught betwixt and between their true selves, often misunderstanding their own profile, making it nearly impossible to be true to their authentic selves. How can you find deep understanding of your true self and maintain authenticity? Join us to learn how to balance and celebrate the TRUE YOU!



Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC, passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, trains educators and advises professionals on how to bring out the best and raise self-confidence in their 2e students and clients. Julie serves as Secretary to the Maryland Superintendent’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, is an advisor for the Masters of Education Program for the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity, is the Maryland liaison for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), is a Committee member for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and serves as an advisor to “The G Word” feature documentary currently in production. Julie produces Let’s Talk 2e! virtual conferences, hosts the Let’s Talk 2e! Parent Empowerment Series, maintains the free listing service,, and publishes “Gifted & Distractible,” a free monthly newsletter. A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Julie is also the mother of three twice exceptional children who keep heron her toes and uproariously laughing. Subscribe to “Gifted & Distractible” monthly newsletter, find resources at and learn more about our conferences and parent series at

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