317 episodes

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 Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.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

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 156 Ratings

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 Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.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 315: From Closets to Corner Offices: Empowering Queer Professionals

    Episode 315: From Closets to Corner Offices: Empowering Queer Professionals

    Celebrate Pride Month with Monica Marquez and Brooke Skinner Ricketts in this empowering episode of Beyond Barriers. Monica and Brooke share their compelling stories of coming out and breaking barriers in the corporate world.
    From Brooke’s supportive activist mother to Monica’s journey of self-discovery and acceptance, their experiences highlight the importance of authenticity and inclusion.
    Learn how they navigate the complexities of being queer professionals, the significance of building safe and equitable workplaces, and the value of fostering genuine curiosity about diverse perspectives.
    Tune in for an inspiring discussion on the intersections of identity, leadership, and community.
     Visit our website where you will find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with us.
     

    • 29 min
    Episode 314: Leading with Light: How To Drive Positive Change in Business and Community

    Episode 314: Leading with Light: How To Drive Positive Change in Business and Community

    Tune in to this week’s episode as host Brooke Skinner Ricketts sits down with her friend and colleague, Marita Hudson Thomas, Chief Communications Officer at Cars.com Inc., d/b/a Cars Commerce. Marita is responsible for the internal and external communications strategy and events across Cars Commerce. Since her promotion, she has transformed their communications practices by delivering meaningful campaigns, press initiatives, and events that drive measurable results and business impact.
    Marita dives deep into her path to leadership, emphasizing the importance of purpose-driven work and the value of patience in professional growth. 
    You’ll be inspired by Marita’s dedication to community involvement and mentoring, and how these commitments have been pivotal in her career. Learn from Marita’s experiences on maintaining confidence, navigating through challenges, giving oneself grace, and the power of preparation. 
    This episode is packed with valuable lessons for anyone aspiring to lead with integrity and impact.
    Visit our website where you will find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with our special guest.
     

    • 42 min
    Episode 313: Transforming Pain into Purpose: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Leadership

    Episode 313: Transforming Pain into Purpose: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Leadership

    Tune in to an uplifting conversation with Marcy Moneypenny, Principal and Managing Director at Avison Young, as she shares her remarkable journey from a single mother to a prominent leader in the male-dominated commercial real estate industry.
    Host Nikki Barua delves into Marcy's early struggles, her rise in the commercial real estate sector, and the core values that have driven her success. She discusses the importance of turning pain into purpose, the power of self-belief, and the crucial role of mentors and sponsors in her career. 
    Marcy’s story is a powerful reminder that even the most challenging obstacles can be converted into stepping stones toward a fulfilling and impactful career. This episode is packed with insights and strategies for anyone looking to break barriers and achieve their full potential.
    Visit our website where you will find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with our special guest.
     
     

    • 35 min
    Episode 312: From Shadows to Spotlight: Amplifying Women’s Access and Influence

    Episode 312: From Shadows to Spotlight: Amplifying Women’s Access and Influence

    Join us for a compelling episode as host Brook Skinner Ricketts delves into Erin Gallagher’s transformative journey from a marketing maven to a champion of women's empowerment and leadership.
    In this inspiring discussion, Erin reveals the critical moments at the age of 40 that catapulted her from behind-the-scenes roles to a leading voice in advocacy, establishing influential platforms such as Ella and The Hype Women Movement. These initiatives not only disrupt the status quo by providing women with critical resources but also strive to create generational wealth and propel women into powerful and influential roles.
    Explore the profound impact of diversity in the workplace, the significance of trusting your intuition, and strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome. Erin highlights the necessity of setting clear boundaries, embracing the power of vulnerable storytelling, and redefining traditional work-life paradigms to cultivate leadership and ensure enduring success. This episode offers a deep exploration of how facing personal challenges can ignite breakthroughs, empowering listeners to expand their influence and secure financial autonomy.
    Visit our website where you will find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with our special guest.
     

    • 51 min
    Episode 311: Reimagining Equity: A Vision for a More Inclusive Investment Landscape

    Episode 311: Reimagining Equity: A Vision for a More Inclusive Investment Landscape

    In today’s episode, the focus is on uncovering the human-centric revolution happening within the private equity sector, challenging the norm of focusing solely on financial transactions. 
    Hosted by Nikki Barua, the episode features Caroline Kung, a visionary leader and the founder of SagePath Capital. Caroline shares her journey from a first-generation immigrant with humble beginnings to becoming a transformative figure in private equity, executing three billion dollars in transactions while creating value at portfolio companies. Her commitment extends beyond traditional investment strategies, aiming to nurture genuine connections and advocate for diverse, purpose-driven entrepreneurs. 
    The episode explores Caroline's strategic initiatives for fostering business growth and the inception of the Beacon Program, which sets new standards by equipping diverse business owners with essential financial knowledge, expanding their potential for growth and impact in their communities.
    Visit our website where you will find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with our guest.
     

    • 37 min
    Episode 310: Pivotal Moments: A Tale of Strategic Transitions

    Episode 310: Pivotal Moments: A Tale of Strategic Transitions

    In this episode, you'll dive into the power of recognizing and leveraging your unique mix of skills and experiences with host Brooke Skinner Ricketts and guest Heidi Anderson Hupe, CEO of The Nora Collective. Heidi reveals her philosophy on the importance of 'leaning in' during moments of uncertainty and doubt in your career.
    She shares the pivotal moments that led her to embrace her true self, underscoring the transformative impact of authenticity on her career trajectory. Together, you'll explore how embracing career pivots and delving into diverse facets of your industry can open up new pathways for growth and fulfillment.
    Tune in for an engaging narrative on self-discovery, leadership, and the art of maintaining your core identity amidst the dynamics of career evolution.
    Visit our website where you will find show notes and links to all the resources in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with our special guest.
     

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

Deirdre Tshien ,

A great listen

The podcast episode "Mastering the Art of Resilience" brings an insightful and balanced look into resilience, giving listeners something both inspiring and practical to think about. It's an engaging listen that strikes the right chord without leaning too heavily into clichés or narrow perspectives. Deirdre

Jennifertherealtor ,

This podcast gives the best career advice

Whether you’re established in your career path or embarking on a new one, I guarantee you will have takeaways from any episode. It’s everything you need to learn about growing your career + business.

ASobering ,

Entertaining, insightful, and actionable! 🔥

Ladies, listen up: no matter whether you’re well established in your career, or just getting started, this is a must-listen podcast for you! Nikki and Monica do an incredible job of leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of career building with amazing women who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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