I am an Imposter

with Caroline Flanagan


Imposter Syndrome, Ethnicity, Identity, Allyship


Do you ever feel like a fraud? Do you ever feel your success is down to luck?
Does the fear of being found out ever hold you back?

If your answer to the above is yes, then you probably suffer from Imposter Syndrome – a unique form of self-doubt that research has shown to afflict over 70% of the population, and particularly high achievers. To everyone else you are qualified, deserving and highly capable. But on the inside you feel inadequate and undeserving.

Now imagine experiencing all of these feelings and being the only one in the room. Imagine looking for role models and finding no one like you. Imagine feeling alienated by the dominant culture in your firm and worrying about being inauthentic. When you are black, or of ethnic minority origin, you experience Imposter Syndrome on a whole other level. You don’t just feel like an imposter. You are one.

As an ex-City lawyer of Jamaican descent who achieved success in a predominantly white, mostly male, middle class environment her whole life, Caroline Flanagan knows exactly what it’s like to feel like an imposter and to face both internal and external barriers to success.

Drawing on case studies, research and her own personal experience, Caroline shines a spotlight on the unique form of Imposter Syndrome experienced by people of colour. This event aims to increase awareness of the experiences of black and minority ethnic individuals in your organisation, and explore practical ways to help all individuals in your organisation feel equal, included and valued.


This event is ideal for an ethnically diverse audience.


Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.

Sally Clare, Head of Diversity, Ambition UK

I am more than happy to share wonderful feedback about you. Working with you has been life changing and continues to inspire me and help me grow.

Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

I wanted to let you know that I have been promoted to counsel. Thanks very much to your coaching I have managed to get through one of the most challenging years of my career and managed to achieve what I had hoped to! I might not have made it were it not for your advice and guidance.

Client C, Solicitor

Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.

Client T, UK, Babyproof Client

Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch.

Louise Walewska, Presentation Client, HSBC Asset Management

When I came into the office the following Monday, I could see the effect that you’d had. People were visibly changed as a result of your talk.

Oli Holmes, Accenture