Wisdom and practical tips 
to be role models 
in our everyday lives

Meet Susan

My name is Susan (Gen Xer). I work in Financial Services in the US. My hobbies are gourmet cooking and reading, and I’m most passionate about rescuing dogs.

Who has been your role model?

My previous manager is a role model to me. She is an expert in her field and an excellent communicator. It didn’t matter if she held big town halls or small meetings, she would always command the room and speak in a way that everyone could relate to. She broke down complicated topics into basics and educated in an inspiring manner. I also like how un-bureaucratic she was and how she would make it a priority to develop people. She led a big organization and was a role model to many.

My favorite role model of Walt Disney. His story is really impressive. Coming from a simple background he worked his way up. Early on he discovered his passion for drawing and photography. He acquired his studio but soon had to declare bankruptcy. He moved to Hollywood with his brother and created a cartoon character called Oswald the rabbit, which he had the rights stolen for. Again, Walt got back up on his feet and developed Mickey Mouse, which then led to his big breakthrough. I can relate to his life story in terms of being strong and never giving up. At a young age I lost a loved family member and learned to be strong, keep going and live the legacy. Whenever I need to brighten my day I read one of Walt’s quotes like: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them!” “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing!”

Who have you been a role model to?

I truly believe it’s crucial to build your network outside of work. There are many organizations you can join based on your interest. For instance, I’m a member of two organizations that promote gender...

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