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If you are an ambitious woman who wants to dominate your career, then the Beyond Barriers podcast is for you. Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.

In each episode, we interview industry influencers, and business leaders from top corporations who share their perspective on opportunities and challenges in the digital age. From inspiring stories to cutting-edge strategies, you’ll learn how to develop the skillset, mindset and toolset to accelerate your career success.

BEYOND BARRIER‪S‬ Beyond Barriers

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If you are an ambitious woman who wants to dominate your career, then the Beyond Barriers podcast is for you. Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.

In each episode, we interview industry influencers, and business leaders from top corporations who share their perspective on opportunities and challenges in the digital age. From inspiring stories to cutting-edge strategies, you’ll learn how to develop the skillset, mindset and toolset to accelerate your career success.

    Episode 127: Developing An Entrepreneurial Mindset with Lauren Sweeney

    Episode 127: Developing An Entrepreneurial Mindset with Lauren Sweeney

    You hear it all the time from super successful people, long before they were running multimillion-dollar companies, they were strengthening their entrepreneurial muscle by selling lemonade on the corner, inventing the next “big thing” in their garage or helping their parents or grandparents run the “mom and
    pop” family business after school. It seems that for most successful people, whether they are working for a company or running their own company, the entrepreneurial mindset sets them apart from the rest.
    In this episode, you’ll meet Lauren Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Dotted Line, who shares her own story of growing up in a family of small business owners and how developing her entrepreneurial mindset helped her succeed in her corporate career and ultimately gave her the courage to follow her passion and
    start her own business.
    Dotted Line is a creative marketing company focused on helping businesses connect brands to people. 
    Their client roster includes Fortune 1000 companies in financial services, healthcare, real estate and development, consumer goods and services, and health and beauty.
     
    Highlights:
    [02:36] Lauren’s journey
    [04:48] Making the decision to become an entrepreneur
    [06:33] Overcoming your fears and limiting beliefs
    [09:32] Identifying your strengths, passion and purpose
    [12:36] Asking your community for help
    [14:36] How to ask for someone’s time and knowledge
    [16:36] Creating your personal brand
    [19:27] Advice on dreaming big
    [22:00] Turning failures into lessons for success
    [24:35] Lauren’s success habits
    [28:39] How to make the decision to delegate
     
    Quotes:
    “Changing your mindset to embrace failure gives you the freedom to dream big.” – Lauren Sweeney
    “Know who you are, what you believe, and where you are headed.” – Lauren Sweeney
    “When you ask for someone’s advice, share with them how you used it.” - Lauren Sweeney
     
    About Lauren Sweeney:
    Lauren Sweeney is Founder and CEO of Dotted Line, a creative marketing company. After graduating with dual degrees in Economics and Art History from a liberal arts school in Virginia, she worked in communications for a Fortune 200 financial services company. Lauren launched Dotted Line in 2014, and since then the firm has grown into a full-service agency serving 50+ clients at a national scale in financial services, healthcare, real estate and development, consumer goods and services, and health and beauty.
    Lauren has been recognized as a 2017 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow with global fashion powerhouse, Tory Burch. Lauren’s involvement with Tory Burch has garnered press in MSNBC, WWD, and regional publications.
    Lauren uses the Tory Burch Foundation opportunity to raise awareness for entrepreneurship and women-owned businesses at events such as the 3% Conference and the Southern C Conference, as well as at educational institutions like Virginia Commonwealth University and surrounding colleges and universities.
    Lauren serves on the boards for Needle’s Eye Ministries.
    Lauren is a proud wife of a fellow entrepreneur, a stepmother of a towering teenage boy, and a new mom to a 1-year old. The Sweeney family is actively involved at Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia. They enjoy outdoor activities and traveling. Recent adventures have taken them hiking in Utah, exploring the Holy Land in Israel, or traveling to Iceland.
    About Dotted Line:
    Dotted Line is a creative marketing company focused on helping businesses connect brands to people.
    Started by Founder and CEO at the age of 26, Lauren founded a new model agency for today’s advertising world. Dotted Lines’ client roster includes Fortune 1000 companies in financial services, healthcare, real estate and development, consumer goods and services, and health and beauty. Today, Dotted Line services 50+ clients with a staff of 15.

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    Episode 126: Leading Change in the Digital Age with Anand Verma

    Episode 126: Leading Change in the Digital Age with Anand Verma

    Imagine you’re at the edge of a freezing cold plunge pool. Would you dive right in? Or would you hesitate and maybe just dip your toe in the water?
    Our guest, Anand Verma, likes to dive right in! Anand is a visionary leader, award-winning digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, and investor–and he believes that if you want to innovate in the digital age, you have to dive right in and embrace change no matter how scary and uncomfortable it may be.
    Anand is the Co-founder of LeapX, a Design and AI startup dedicated to creating a carbon neutral world.
    Previously, he was the Founder and CEO of Brilliant Basics, an award winning Global Digital and Innovation company that was acquired by Infosys. Anand also led Infosys’ digital capabilities in EMEA and was a part of the Infosys leadership team. Prior to Brilliant Basics, Anand was one of the youngest CEO's at Interpublic Group (IPG) leading IPG Media brands Ventures in EMEA. He also held leadership roles at Sapient, AKQA and Modem Media.
    Anand has a track record of leading through disruptive change. In this episode, he shares what it means to be entrepreneurial, how to navigate uncertainty, why companies must be purpose-led, and how to build winning teams. He is a passionate advocate for diversity as the fuel for innovation and a champion for women in leadership. That’s why we are so proud to have him on the Beyond Barriers advisory board to guide us on our mission.
    Visit https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/ where you will find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with Anand.
     
    Highlights:
    [03:07] Anand’s story of entrepreneurship
    [09:24] Most important lessons learned
    [12:57] Being a builder vs an operator
    [15:45] How confidence is built
    [21:32] Anand’s current focus – bringing AI and design together
    [25:00] Gaining support from sponsors and advocates
    [27:25] Why diversity matters
    [35:54] Biggest trends to follow
    [38:28] How to prepare for future trends
     
    Quotes:
    “Perfectionism is the biggest killer of any business.” – Anand Verma 
    “Confidence and credibility go hand in hand.” - Anand Verma 
    “Every day is a good day for doing and learning something new.” – Anand Verma 
     
    About Anand Verma:
    Anand is the Co-founder of LeapX, a Design and AI startup dedicated to creating a carbon neutral world. Prior to his recent ventures, he was the Owner, Founder and CEO of Brilliant Basics (acquired by Infosys), an award winning Global Digital and Innovation company headquartered in London with studios all over the world.
    Successfully acquired by Infosys in 2017 to accelerate Design and Innovation for Infosys and its clients globally. Anand also led Infosys’ digital capabilities in EMEA and was a part of the Infosys leadership team. He is also deeply involved with leading design school and university partnerships for Infosys.
    Anand is a digital visionary, innovator and successful entrepreneur who understands new products and services, revenue growth, operations and people. He has over 20 years’ experience in management consulting, digital and tech businesses. Anand has built a successful career by consistently delivering value through digital and customer-centricity. He loves creating value by reducing complexity in the digital world at both speed x scale.
    Prior to founding Brilliant Basics, Anand was one of the youngest Presidents and CEO's at Interpublic Group (IPG) leading IPG Mediabrands Ventures in EMEA, a global advertising and media conglomerate where he led digital Operations, Innovative Products and Services and M&A. And previous to that he held leadership roles at Sapient (now a part of Publicis), AKQA (now a part of WPP) and Modem Media (now a part of Publicis).
    Anand is an active investor, adviser, non-exec board director, academia, po

    • 42 min
    Episode 125: Why Lifelong Learning Is Important

    Episode 125: Why Lifelong Learning Is Important

    How much time a week do you invest in learning something new? What is your yearly budget for investing in yourself?
    The shelf life of skills today is just 18 months. What is in demand today will likely not be in demand a year and a half from now. In this episode, we share why it is important to become a lifelong learner and 3 tips for learning that will keep you abreast of what skills will be needed in the future so you can make sure that you aren’t left behind.
    Subscribe to get new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 
    Visit https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com where you'll find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode.
     
    Highlights:
    [00:48] The meaning of lifelong learning
    [01:42] The shelf-life of skills today
    [03:19] Companies need a culture of learning
    [05:06] Just-in-time learning
    [06:50] It isn’t just about the technical skills
    [07:31] The most powerful skill
    [08:43] Know your learning style
    [09:01] Nikki’s tips on the best ways to learn
     
    Quotes:
    “A culture and mindset of lifelong learning is essential for success.” – Nikki Barua
    “Shift your mindset from all-knowing to always-learning.” – Nikki Barua
    “You are your best investment, make sure you are dedicating time for your growth every week.” – Nikki Barua
     
    About Nikki Barua:
    Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author & speaker.
    Website: https://www.nikkibarua.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenikkibarua/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenikkibarua/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thenikkibarua/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikkiBarua
     
    About Monica Marquez:
    Monica Marquez is a senior corporate leader, ex-Googler, and diversity expert.
    Website: https://themonicamarquez.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMonicaMarquez/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themonicamarquez/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/themonicamarquez/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/themmarquez
     

    • 17 min
    Episode 124: How To Overcome Approval Addiction

    Episode 124: How To Overcome Approval Addiction

    Do you have a hard time saying no to people for fear of letting them down? Do you find yourself seeking the approval of others? Are you driven to seek validation and avoid rejection?
    In this episode, we discuss the negative impact of people-pleasing on your career and share three simple principles you can apply to overcome approval addiction.
    Visit https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com where you'll find show notes for this episode. 
    Subscribe to get new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 
     
    Highlights:
    [00:47] What is approval addiction
    [03:36] Impact of approval addiction
    [04:53] The value of being a contrarian
    [06:19] Leaders need to be decisive
    [08:07] The halo effect
    [11:19] Stop being a people-pleaser
     
    Quotes:
    “When you have absolute certainty and conviction in your beliefs, you will care less about people-pleasing.” – Nikki Barua
    “You can’t be influential if you are afraid to put your own point of view out there.” – Nikki Barua
     
    About Nikki Barua:
    Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author & speaker.
    Website: https://www.nikkibarua.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenikkibarua/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenikkibarua/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thenikkibarua/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikkiBarua
     
    About Monica Marquez:
    Monica Marquez is a senior corporate leader, ex-Googler, and diversity expert.
    Website: https://themonicamarquez.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMonicaMarquez/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themonicamarquez/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/themonicamarquez/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/themmarquez
     

    • 14 min
    Episode 123: Harnessing Your Superpower with Fran Maier

    Episode 123: Harnessing Your Superpower with Fran Maier

    We all have a superpower, but we don’t always know what it is, how to use it, or even when to use it. But when you get this right, and learn to harness your superpower, your impact becomes exponential.
    Meet Fran Maier, serial entrepreneur, known for growing iconic businesses like TRUSTe and Match.com. 
    Fran shares how her superpower as a brand builder made her such a huge success and helped her create global impact. Fran is now the CEO of BabyQuip and her superpower as a brand builder has already made the company the leading baby gear rental service for traveling families. Fran is a legendary entrepreneur and has won numerous awards and accolades. She was honored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business with the Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Award, named one of “100 Most Influential Women in Technology” by Hot Topics. San Francisco Business Times named Fran among the 150 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and AlwaysOn named her among the Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch in Silicon Valley.
    In this episode, Fran shares why it’s important to know your strengths and take ownership of what’s in your control. She also reveals the lessons she has learned in her career and the principles she follows as a leader. Fran is applying all of these principles as she leads BabyQuip in changing lives and improving the way families travel.
     
    Highlights:
    [02:47] Fran’s superpower
    [05:54] The story of Match.com
    [09:04] Keeping brand values in alignment with business decisions
    [10:40] Defining company culture
    [13:07] Biggest lessons learned
    [18:39] The pros and cons of being early to market
    [20:23] How does BabyQuip serve the community
    [30:47] The effects of the pandemic on BabyQuip
    [33:41] Empowering women as independent business owners
    [37:17] Who should female entrepreneurs listen to for advice
    [41:20] Lesson learned from working with investors
    [42:38] Taking ownership of what’s in our control
    [46:35] Vision for BabyQuip
    [48:02] The question brand builders should be asking
     
    Quotes:
    “Be confident and allow yourself to be vulnerable and ask for help.” – Fran Maier 
    “Always be open to listening to everyone’s advice, but have the conviction to decide for yourself.” – Fran Maier
     
    About Fran Maier:
    Fran Maier is CEO and Founder of BabyQuip, the leading baby gear rental service for traveling families and now offering local cleaning services too.
    She is a serial entrepreneur and brand builder with over 25 years experience in B2C and B2B internet businesses. She is best known for her 10+ years leading TRUSTe (now TrustArc), the leading privacy trustmark and compliance provider, and as Co-Founder and first General Manager of Match.com.
    Fran speaks widely on several topics relating to women in business, including opportunities for women in the collaborative economy, addressing the lucrative family travel segment, women in entrepreneurship and on boards. She serves as an advisor to many start-ups including Portfolia, Women’s Start-up Lab, Sign-up.com, Kango, and Dabbl.
    Fran is featured as an expert in the documentary film about entrepreneurship entitled “She Started It.” With Emmy Award winning journalist Kym McNicholas, she hosted a radio show/podcast called "Female Seeking Start-up" which featured interviews with female entrepreneurs. In 2016, Fran was honored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business with the Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Award. In 2015, she was named one of “100 Most Influential Women in Technology” by Hot Topics. In 2011, San Francisco Business Times named Fran among the 150 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and in 2010, AlwaysOn named her among the Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch in Silicon Valley. 
    She served on the board of GE Capital Bank until it was sold in 2016. In addition, she is a Member of Women C

    • 49 min
    Episode 122: How To Tell Your Story with Lisa Gates

    Episode 122: How To Tell Your Story with Lisa Gates

    Imagine you’re at an event or in an elevator, and you get introduced to a VIP that you’re honored to meet. Then they ask that dreaded question: Tell me about yourself.
    The typical default is to respond with your name, title, employer and work focus, right? Imagine you no longer have that job or title. How would you tell your story?
    When we’re asked to introduce ourselves, we often miss the opportunity to share our story in a powerful way that makes us stand out and highlights our unique value proposition. Instead, we respond to that question with our work history that explains our WHAT but not our WHY.
    In this episode, you’ll meet Lisa Gates, a leadership and career story coach, and founder of Story Happens Here, a practice focused on helping women master their brand stories, control their narratives, and rise up. Lisa is committed to helping women be seen, heard, promoted—and rewarded—as the agents of change the workplace and the world is dying to see. Lisa stresses the importance of being able to morph your story for any situation that you are in. And how your story isn’t a one-time thing but rather a living breathing story that can always change.
    Lisa has also authored several online courses available at LinkedIn Learning, including Asking for a Raise, Negotiation Foundations, Conflict Resolution Foundations, Coaching and Developing Employees, and Coaching for Results.
     
    Highlights:
    [02:50] Lisa’s story
    [09:21] The key to building your story
    [12:57] Techniques for overcoming fears and limiting beliefs
    [19:46] Overcoming failures and setbacks
    [24:23] Making decisions with confidence
    [27:46] Gaining access to influential leaders
    [30:00] Lisa’s daily success habits
    [33:48] Advice on staying ahead of the curve
     
    Quotes:
    “Confidence comes from repetition, practice, and advocating for yourself and others.” – Lisa Gates 
    “Be diligent about spending time every week cultivating your influence.” - Lisa Gates 
    “If it’s not on your calendar, it’s not going to happen.” – Lisa Gates 
    “You will forget something you learn in about three days if you don’t start to implement it.” – Lisa Gates 
     
    About Lisa Gates:
    Lisa is a leadership and career story coach, and founder of Story Happens Here, a practice focused on helping women master their brand stories, control their narratives, and rise up.
    Lisa is committed to helping women be seen, heard, promoted—and rewarded—as the agents of change the workplace and the world is dying to see. She is a certified co-active coach with training in mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and Strength Finders. Prior to launching Story Happens Here in 2019, she was co-founder of the negotiation consultancy She Negotiates, which she ran for 10 years.
    In addition to her work in marketing and public relations, Lisa holds a degree in theatre and a minor in journalism and has performed in countless plays, torn up the boards in several improv troupes, and participated in storytelling events for over 40 years. Lisa has authored several online courses available at LinkedIn Learning, including Asking for a Raise, Negotiation Foundations, Conflict Resolution Foundations, Coaching and Developing Employees, and Coaching for Results.
     
    Links:
    Website: https://www.storyhappenshere.com
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisagates/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaGates1
     

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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139 Ratings

139 Ratings

vwmoore ,

Inspiring and Actionable

Nikki and Monica continue to share powerful advice and insights from women across a range of industries, and the topics are always relevant. This podcast provides the perfect balance of motivation and actionable ideas for achieving your goals and making a positive impact.

Wendy Steinthal ,

Relevant and exceptional

I have know Nikki for years and she has always had the most exceptional insights. She is a born leader and a wonderful motivator. Together with Monica, they have created an amazing podcast filled with episodes that contain relevant and intelligent tips to help us be our best selves and succeed in this changing environment. Keep up the great work!!!

Jessica Lynn Medrano ,

This Podcast Fills a Void

I’m a big professional development podcast fan, and as much as I love my Anglo-hosted shows, there is only so much that I can gain from their content.

Coming from minority and low-income background, I’ve struggled for years to find content that speaks to my specific starting point. So, I’m very happy to have found a community at BB that is committed to sharing practical and generous advice on how to navigate corporate environments.

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