Episode #2: What to do when you can't find a role model - Caroline Flanagan

Episode #2: What to do when you can’t find a role model

Where are all the role models?

Are you struggling to find your role models? Is there a lack of women who you can relate to and turn to for inspiration and ideas? Is there no-one out there who embodies for you what it means to progress your career and grow a family at the same time?

I have good news. There are role models everywhere, you just need to know how to look.

A role model is not what you think it is

A role model doesn’t have to be in the same industry or organisation as you. They don’t have to be more senior than you. They don’t even have to look like you or have had a similar experience. All you need is someone who is great at the skill or quality you want to improve, and an opportunity to observe how they do it.

In this podcast:

  • 3 mistakes that stop you finding your role model
  • why the search for a role model starts with you
  • what to look for in a role model
  • why having a role model is not enough, it’s what you do with it that counts

Mentioned in this podcast:

Shonda Rhymes – see her Ted Talk: My year of saying Yes

My awesome brother Calvin – check out his Instagram page – see how different we are!

My husband Paul

Nelson Mandela

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”

Enjoy the podcast!


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

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

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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

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Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

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.

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