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 Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.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

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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 Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.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 26: Dreaming Big And Wishing Out Loud with Lisa Ong

    Episode 26: Dreaming Big And Wishing Out Loud with Lisa Ong

    Do you secretly wish for things but don’t how to get them? Meet our guest, Lisa Ong, who shares the power of dreaming big and wishing out loud.
    Lisa Ong is widely known as a “talent gardener” and “inclusion connector”. Lisa is an executive coach, diversity strategist, and President & Founder of Wishing Out Loud LLC. Lisa was formerly Diversity and Inclusion leader at PwC where she focused on minority retention and advancement, as well as growing inclusive leaders at all levels.
    In this episode, Lisa talks about how to discover your strengths, build your community of mentors and peers, and create opportunities to not only shine but, also to thrive in your career.
     
    Highlights:
    [01:55] Lisa’s story
    [07:23] Switching lanes in your career
    [13:07] Showing up with confidence as a woman of color
    [18:05] Learning from failures and setbacks
    [23:56] Managing competing personal and profession priorities
    [28:54] The value of network and community
     
    Quotes:
    “Knowing my top five strengths helped me determine whether I see myself in this current role in the future” – Lisa Ong
    “When I started to lean on the advice from my sponsors and really lean into it, I was actually able to accelerate my career.” – Lisa Ong
    “If you're thinking about what wild success would look like a year from now, you're more likely to achieve it. If you think the sky is falling, guess what, it probably will fall.” – Lisa Ong
    “When you ask for advice, you're appealing to your sense of gratitude for their wisdom and experience. And in the end, you will end up getting their help anyway.” – Lisa Ong
    “Turn off that negative voice in your head. And turn it up and say you're smart enough to figure this out.” – Lisa Ong
    “Confidence is how you show up.” – Lisa Ong 
    “If you're not having failures and setbacks, you're not learning and growing.” – Lisa Ong
    “A no is a no, not now. Not a no, not ever. But if you don't even ask, you're never going to get a yes.” – Lisa Ong
     
    About Lisa Ong:
    Lisa Ong is an executive coach, speaker, diversity strategist and consultant. Lisa specializes in diversity and inclusion, leadership development, coaching and facilitation. Prior to founding Wishing Out Loud LLC, Lisa was a national diversity director in Diversity and Inclusion at PwC. She designed strategies to retain, develop and advance diverse talent. She focused on minority retention and advancement efforts as well as growing inclusive leaders at all levels.
    A widely known “talent gardener” and “Inclusion connector,” Lisa helps individuals to achieve goals with an emphasis on leadership skills leading to meaningful relationships. She shares her coaching approach with her clients to discover their strengths, dream big and keep strategically “wishing out loud” to create opportunities to shine and be their best.
    Lisa is a seasoned executive in business with a background in audits as well as senior human capital roles. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Management degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Texas Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by The International Coach Federation. She is certified in the Leadership Circle 360 tool. She also had her SPHR through 2015. 
    Lisa speaks on topics ranging from unconscious bias, bridging cultural differences, authentic leadership, building meaningful relationships, communicating with impact through storytelling and networking. Lisa serves on the board of the AICPA Council and the Texas Society of CPAs. She was past Chair of the Dallas chapter 2017-2018. She is an active Lifetime Member of Ascend, and served as an Executive Advisor to the North Texas Chapter from 2014-20

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    Episode 25: Habits & Hacks: It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

    Episode 25: Habits & Hacks: It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

    Do you have a network of friends or colleagues but don’t like asking them for help? Have you ever wanted to get access to influential leaders but didn’t know how?
    In this episode, you'll learn how to tap into the resources within your network with powerful habits and hacks.
    Instead of keeping your head down and doing the work, learn how to gain leverage through proximity. Career success – whether in corporate or entrepreneurial – is accelerated when you have access to the right resources and relationships.
    A common misperception about networks is that it’s about taking from others. That’s why so many women struggle with tapping into their networks because they don’t want to be a burden or feel awkward about asking for help.
    The truth is your network is built by giving –the more you give, the more your tribe grows. You receive a fraction of the value you create. So if you’re not getting the value you want, focus on the value you need to create for others. When you focus on how you can help others, rather than think about how they can help you, you are able to create value for them.
     
    Highlights:
    [01:06] Power of proximity
    [04:34] The perspective of abundance
    [07:40] How to build a strong community
    [09:32] Homework for the week
     
    Quotes:
    “If you have a gift to give, then give to as many people as you can.” – Nikki Barua
    “Think of your network, not as something you can take from, but rather something you give to.” – Nikki Barua
    “It's not about a network. It's simply a relationship and relationships are built on shared values, trust and respect.” – Nikki Barua
    “Make a list of 10 people within your reach that you want to get to know.” – Nikki Barua
     
    About Nikki and Monica:
    Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author & speaker.
    Monica Marquez is an ex-Googler, diversity expert and senior corporate leader.
     
    Contact Nikki and Monica:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iambeyondbarriers/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/beyondbarriersco/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iambeyondbarriers/
     

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    Episode 24: How To Be A Fearlessly Authentic Leader with Danessa Knaupp

    Episode 24: How To Be A Fearlessly Authentic Leader with Danessa Knaupp

    Have you ever stepped into a role and questioned if you were the best person for the job? Do you carry the shame of failure and imperfection with you everywhere you go?
    Meet Danessa Knaupp, executive coach, thought leader and bestselling author, who shares how to embrace your struggles and gain true confidence in your journey.
    Danessa has coached hundreds of executives across every major industry and has developed a reputation as a candid, compassionate and courageous leadership partner. She is the author of Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity and regularly addresses C-suite audiences on how to harness the power of real authenticity to drive measurable business results.
    In this episode, Danessa shares how you can be the strong, inspirational leader you imagine by leading authentically. She makes the case for owning your unique story and using, that real, imperfect experience
    to drive your personal and team performance. Danessa also provides her perspective on leadership principles for the digital age, and how to accelerate success.
     
    Highlights:
    [02:10] Danessa’s story
    [05:16] How did you discover your superpower
    [07:46] Proudest career accomplishment
    [10:18] Making decisions with confidence
    [12:08] Overcoming your gremlins
    [13:12] Dealing with fears and limiting beliefs
    [16:41] Juggling changes in your personal life with your career
    [18:46] Comparison and the different versions of ourselves
    [20:21] Naked at Work: A Leader's Guide to Fearless Authenticity
    [24:00] Authenticity and Action
    [27:50] Showing up with fearless authenticity
    [35:10] Critical skills for women in the future of work
    [39:02] Connection in a geographically diverse workplace
    [41:41] Managing competing priorities
    [46:53] Who inspires you
    [50:12] Recommendation on accelerating success
     
    Quotes:
    “I have been gifted with an extraordinary number of spectacular failures.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “I have this superpower now, that I am resilient. It' not about me, it's about what I'm willing to try or do or say.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “You want to bet smart but betting and losing doesn't mean you'e out of the game.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “I quiet my own internal interference. Those fears or doubts don't serve me. They are a distraction.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “Remember and believe that you are a beginner here. You haven't done this before. And you are going to be really good at it. It takes us a while to learn new things.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “Think about what decisions do I need to make to show up with intention in other areas of my life.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “There's a version of me that is confident, connected, intentional and strategic. And then there's the 10pm “me”, that’s a little bit tired and a little bit worried and not sure about anything. All of those versions of us are appropriate.” - Danessa Knaupp
    “I wonder how everybody in this room is different. And if we harness that, what could we do as a team?” – Danessa Knaupp
    “Leaders who focus and lead with authenticity have much more effective teams.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “Let go of thinking everyone is looking at you and just start to think about, what's the next right thing?” – Danessa Knaupp
    “Emotional intelligence will be the key differentiator for leaders. It is what keeps us separate from machines.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “The single most predictive factor of the collective intelligence of a group's ability to solve a problem was whether or not there was a woman present on the team.” – Danessa Knaupp
    “Be mindful of how we show up for other people. The unintentional expectations that we sometimes create, is the responsibility of our leaders.” – Danessa Knaupp
     
    About Danessa Knaupp:
    Danessa is an executive coach, CEO, and keynote speaker shifting the global conversation on lea

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    Episode 23: How To Live Big and Free with Saren Stiegel

    Episode 23: How To Live Big and Free with Saren Stiegel

    Are you frustrated with self-doubt and tired of living small? In this episode, Saren Stiegel, shares with us how to develop strength and confidence and go from living small and fearful, to living big and free.
    Saren Stiegel is the People + Culture Officer for tech startup generator, ELEV^TE. Named Business Relationship Alliance's 2019 "Visionary Woman of the Year," Saren is also the best-selling author of The Glow Effect. Since its founding in 2013, the Glow Effect social enterprise has worked with over 20,000 people in 32 countries to grow their leadership impact. Saren has been featured in Real Simple, Fox News, and Entrepreneur.
    Saren shares her personal journey from being a divorce attorney to becoming a conscious culture advocate who helps individuals and organizations maximize their human and team potential. She presents actionable advice on how to pursue your passion and build your legacy with continuous learning and persistence.
     
    Highlights:
    [02:26] Saren’s journey
    [07:49] Discovering your unique strength
    [09:13] Sales is a numbers game
    [12:37] Approaching fear with humility
    [14:19] Building partnerships
    [18:07] Courageous conversations
    [20:34] Persistency and flow
    [22:50] Being successful in the digital age
    [25:27] Focus on right thing at the right time
    [30:22] Key to accelerating success in the future of work
    [33:34] Diversity of thought
     
    Quotes:
    “It's not about me getting the courage to ask. It's about reframing it in a way that we can get this done together.” – Saren Stiegel
    “When I walked into a room of women, I didn't see them as a network, I saw them as people who I can do cool things with.” – Saren Stiegel
    “The goal is to distribute power more equally to make everyone feel that they belong.” – Saren Stiegel
    “Your personal brand is your purpose.” – Saren Stiegel
    “The top of the triangle is your idea. You need to have a novel idea but supporting that novel idea, is expertise and experience.” – Saren Stiegel
    “Iteration and constantly willing to communicate and give feedback and be humble and, and learn, learn, learn, and increase your awareness. That's the future.” – Saren Stiegel
    “The openness and the willingness to consider and think about that diversity of thought in all of our business strategizing, is the infinite game.” – Saren Stiegel
    “If your goal is constant betterment and constant improvement and going beyond barriers, then it's okay to not know and keep going and to just know that you're consciously learning.” -Saren Stiegel
     
    About Saren Stiegel:
    Saren Stiegel is the Founder of The Glow Effect, which delivers learner-centered training contents to nurture high performance. She is also an author, activist, speaker, social entrepreneur, and people and culture officer at ELEV^TE. Saren was named “Visionary Woman of the Year” by Business Relationship Alliance 2019. As an internationally recognized thought leader, Saren made herself a vehicle to empower women to rise as revolutionary female leaders. Among her expertise are leadership coaching, diversity and inclusion employee engagement and organizational consulting. She works with individuals and organizations to leverage their strengths and hone qualities that create a profound social impact.
     
    Links:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarenstiegel/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheGlowEffect/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGlowEffect
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/youaretheglow
     

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    Episode 22: Habits & Hacks: The 5 Essential Elements of Community

    Episode 22: Habits & Hacks: The 5 Essential Elements of Community

    If you are looking for new career opportunities, then applying for a job online and hoping you get it is not an effective strategy. Regardless of your talent and experience, it’s impossible for hiring managers to spot you in a pool of thousands of candidates. That’s why relationship-based referrals account for 70% of all hires made by employers. Instead of looking for a job, focus on leveraging the power and advocacy of your community.
    Community is about belonging and empowerment. Having a engaged community provides access to resources and opportunities that you may not be aware of otherwise. An influential tribe is key to learning, growing, and leveling up together. Successful careers are built on continually growing networks with strong and lasting relationships.
    In this episode, you'll learn the 5 essential elements of community so that you can build your tribe and gain their support for your success. You’ll learn how to gain proximity to influential people and networks, how to build a peer group at the next level to help you grow, and how to seek feedback from your community.
     
    Highlights:
    [00:59] Definition of community
    [02:18] 1 st essential element of community
    [03:59] 2nd essential element of community
    [05:23] 3rd essential element of community
    [06:21] 4th essential element of community
    [08:26] 5th essential element of community
    [10:05] Nikki’s favorite habit in building community
    [11:15] Homework for the week
     
    Quotes:
    “Successful careers live and breathe because of the strong relationships and networks that individuals have.” – Monica Marquez
    “It's not about who you know, it's about who knows you.” – Nikki Barua
    “Define your Dream list, who is within your reach that you want to learn from. And then figure out how you can add value to them.” – Nikki Barua
    “When you have proximity to the right people, you get faster results because you are learning through their wisdom and experience.” – Nikki Barua
    “There's a difference between mentors and sponsors. Mentors may guide you. But sponsors are the ones that have the decision making ability to influence your career.” – Nikki Barua
    “Be intentional in identifying exactly you need mentorship in.” – Nikki Barua
    “You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Nikki Barua
    “By becoming peers with those at the next level, we start to emulate their habits and their mindset. And then success at that level becomes more accessible.” – Nikki Barua
    “Feedback is a gift that someone is giving to you because they care about you.” – Nikki Barua
    “When someone cares enough to give you feedback, value their perspective and their opinion, take action on it.” – Nikki Barua
    “If you want to earn the trust and respect of people, be the person that does exactly what they say they will.” – Nikki Barua
     
    About Nikki and Monica:
    Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author & speaker.
    Monica Marquez is an ex-Googler, diversity expert and senior corporate leader.
     
    Contact Nikki and Monica:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iambeyondbarriers/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/beyondbarriersco/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iambeyondbarriers/
     

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    Episode 21: Self-Care In Uncertain Times With SketchPoetic’s Sheila Darcey

    Episode 21: Self-Care In Uncertain Times With SketchPoetic’s Sheila Darcey

    How do you respond to uncertainty caused by crisis? Do you feel paralyzed by fear and anxiety? Are you walking on eggshells but trying to hold it all together?
    Meet Sheila Darcey who is an artist, innovator and founder of SketchPoetic. Sheila’s experience as a facilitator and coach, and her work with Fortune 500 companies has informed her understanding of what drives transformative growth in individuals and teams. Three years ago, in her quest for a self-care practice as a way of coping with stress and anxiety, Sheila made a personal commitment to sketch every single day. This daily practice became a catalyst for her transformation and led to Sketchpoetic – a movement for those feeling burdened by the desire for change but blocked by fear and doubt.
    If you feel an evolution stirring within and are looking for transformation, stay tuned and learn how Sheila uses creative expression as a tool for self-reflection, self-care, and healing. Sheila is on a mission to share the Sketchpoetic practice with the world and to help others find their own way.
     
    Highlights:
    [03:54] Sheila’s journey
    [08:58] Transformative process of sketching
    [13:28] Dealing with stress and anxiety
    [17:11] How grief changes us
    [20:48] Fear of the unknown
    [23:24] Creative expression is a powerful tool
    [26:42] Curiosity about our emotions
    [29:36] It’s never too late to play
    [31:15] Bring your creative self into existence
    [34:48] Guilt of being a working mom
    [39:24] Struggle with perfectionism
    [44:15] How the pandemic will change humanity
    [52:02] Daily self-care practice
     
    Quotes:
    “Anxiety is the emotion that you are not releasing or expressing.” – Sheila Darcey
    “Every emotion is there to guide you. It is very uncomfortable, but do not categorize it as good or bad because it's the outcome that will eventually lead you to growth, to transformation, to learning, to healing, to insight.” – Sheila Darcey
    “We aren't just experiencing isolation today. It's actually making us remember the times we've actually felt this before.” – Sheila Darcey
    “Creative expression is such a powerful tool. You are tapping into your imagination and focusing it in a positive way.” – Sheila Darcey
    “When you are in fear, your imagination is used for the negative, and your body experiences the worst-case scenario.” – Sheila Darcey
    “The power of curiosity is that it kills the inner critic, curiosity kills the judgment. If you go in with curiosity, there's no space for judgment and criticism.” – Sheila Darcey
    “The challenge with being a perfectionist is that you're programming yourself to have all the answers all the time.” – Sheila Darcey
    “Being a parent is the act of constantly forgiving yourself. What your children will remember is the effort, the love, and the care that you put in.” – Sheila Darcey
    “Perfectionism comes from us trying to control something that is uncontrollable.” – Sheila Darcey
    “On the other side of the crisis, there will be innovation, creativity, experimentation.” – Sheila Darcey
     
    About Sheila Darcey:
    Sheila has 20+ years as a facilitator, coach, and consultant in the technology and digital agency space. Her work with Fortune 500 companies informs her understanding of what drives transformative growth in individuals and teams. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Art History from the University of Memphis and certification Social Emotional Arts (SEA) from UCLA. The SEA certificate empowers educators, community arts professionals, mental health practitioners, and anyone interested in maximizing social-emotional benefits of arts experiences, and minimizing self-judgment and anxiety that can impede learning and growth.
    “The beauty of SketchPoetic is in the process of creation itself. I want people to connect with the process 

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Favorite podcast!

This has become my favorite podcast to listen while I drive to work. It’s for anyone who wants to get to the next level in career and life!

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Must for every leader!

This is an absolute must for every leader out there! Really loved it! Inspiring! Great Job Nikki and Monica, you both rock!

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A must for women!

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