Let’s Talk About Race - Caroline Flanagan

Let’s Talk About Race

with Caroline Flanagan


Diversity, Inclusion, Race, Ethnicity, Identity


What does it mean to identify as black or an ethnic minority in your organisation?
When we talk about BAME, who are we talking about, how much do we understand and how helpful is the word BAME as an identifier? Why do we have a BAME community and how many of us identify as a member? How is the BAME experience different to others? How is it the same?

This is an event to raise awareness of the identity of your black and minority community, the language you use to define them and the distance and difference between their experience and the experiences of their white peers. By creating a safe environment and helpful guidance on how to talk about race, this keynote will move everyone towards a better understanding of each other and themselves, so that every individual can feel more valued included and equal.

As a black or minority ethnic individual, you may be told that you are as valued, recognised and integral to the firm as every other member, but is this your experience? What does it mean to be the only person of colour in the room? Or to search for role models you can relate to only to discover there are none? How included do you feel? How authentic are you able to be?

As a white peer, how confident are you in your understanding of the experience of your black and minority ethnic colleagues? How comfortable are you talking about race? Do you make the effort to ensure your colleagues of colour feel included and supported to fulfil their potential.

Caroline knows exactly what it’s like to be the only black person in the room, to feel alienated by the dominant culture, to question your value to the firm – and to show up every day acting as if none of that were true. Drawing on this personal experience and her professional experience as a Coach and Speaker on Imposter Syndrome, Caroline will share insights and case studies on the experience of professionals of colour, before leading an engaging discussion around how to talk about race in your organisation.


For an ethnically diverse audience.


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

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 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

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

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

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