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 Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.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

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    Episode 200: Beyond Barriers Podcast: A Year in Review 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 25:36

    This is our last podcast episode of the 2021. And we're so grateful, honored and blown away by the amazing podcast guests we've had on our show this past year. So, we thought what better way to close out the year than to share with you a recap of some of the best and inspirational pearls of wisdom that our guests shared in 2021? In this episode, Nikki and Monica, share nuggets of wisdom from some of the best and brightest minds in business that have been generous in terms of sharing their learning experiences and their advice to all our listeners, every single episode is filled with all this incredible wisdom! We'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year from Beyond Barriers! Thank you for supporting us and our community of women worldwide. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [00:57] Celebrating our 200 th episode [03:46] Most popular episode of the year [05:14] Recap of the top 20 episodes [24:44] Happy New Year from Beyond Barriers Quotes: “When you encounter a failure, think about what you can learn from it rather than replaying the event over and over in your head. Put the record player away and move forward with the lesson.” – Kimberley Gardiner “Ask yourself what are the three most important things that you need to do today and focus on those.” - Janet Van Huysse “Ask yourself, periodically, if you are limiting yourself or are you in a limited situation.” - Stephanie Kinser “Every day you have an opportunity to determine your brand and how you want to be remembered.” - Anna Dapelo Garcia “You're never 100% ready for that next role. The best way to really be ready is by doing it.” - Michelle Frymire “When you are trying to develop your brand or your business, lead with the things that you want to leave people with, because that's what they're going to remember.” - Shelly Rosensweig “Always be open to listening to everyone's advice but have the conviction to decide for yourself.” – Fran Maier “Figure out what makes you feel confident. Because once you get that confidence and tame the voice inside your head, asking becomes easy.” - Jennifer Prosek “Take baby steps towards tackling your fears and anxieties. If you get 1%better every day, imagine how much better you're going to be 365 days from now.” - Sandra Lopez “It is important to manage your life around making sure that you're constantly learning.” - Eileen Schloss “Life is the journey; it is not the station. Striving and solving problems is life.” - Jennifer Lagaly “Talent exists everywhere, opportunity does not. It's about creating access and opportunity.” - Ripa Rashid “Take the hard assignments at the beginning of your career because you learn exponentially more than you learn in taking the easy assignments.” - Elisa Steele “Don't tell yourself no before somebody else has. Give them the opportunity to say no, but don't discount yourself.” - Stacey Gordon “Realize that we are responsible for our careers, we own our careers, not the company, not your mentor, not your spouse, or your partner.” - Shellye Archambeau “When given a choice, choose to play, you'll learn more than sitting on the sideline observing.” - Selena Rezvani “Be genuine and intentional in sharing your story lest others tell it for you.” - Ana Corrales “Learn how to manage your self-talk. You can make or break yourself just on your thoughts.” - Shalini Vadhera “Success is like a 3-legged stool. The first leg is all about honing your talent. The second is refining your executive presence and the third comes as a result of the other two legs –gaining sponsorship from senior leaders.” - Indhira Arrington “Leaders who hire people smarter than them will have a thriving group who can achieve great things.” - Dr. Emily Drabant Conley 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

    Episode 199: Paving The Way For Others with 5F World's Dr. Ganesh Natarajan & Dr. Uma Ganesh

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 50:14

    Robin Sharma once said, “Success is not a function of the size of your title but the richness of your contribution.” It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Our guests are a perfect example of the power of sincere and selfless contribution and how it fosters true fulfilment. Meet Dr. Ganesh Natarajan & Dr. Uma Ganesh, Co-Founders of 5F World, who share their career journeys and how their shared values of working for the good of the community and their country has inspired them to create impact and opportunity using their 5F framework – Fast, Focused, Flexible, Friendly and Fun. Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is the Executive Chairman of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures. He is also Chairman of Honeywell Automation India Limited and Lighthouse Communities Foundation and a Board member of the State Bank of India, Hinduja Global Solutions, Global Talent Track, Educate Girls and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Ganesh is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay and NITIE. Dr. Uma Ganesh is the co-founder of 5F World and founder of multiple companies including Global Talent Track focused on skills development for the digital era, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics, Kalzoom Advisors and Skills Alpha – the digital platform for talent development. In this episode, Uma & Ganesh share their vision, the foundational pillars of their partnership, why learning should be a collective collaboration, and how leaders should view talent differently for the future. 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 Dr. Ganesh Natarajan & Dr. Uma Ganesh. Highlights: [02:54] Uma's story [07:50] Ganesh's story [10:21] Uma & Ganesh's shared vision [13:46] The foundational pillar of Ganesh & Uma's partnership [16:14] The importance of taking risks [19:25] In service of something bigger [23:48] The formation of 5F World [27:35] The future is collective collaborative learning [31:07] How leaders should be looking at talent for the future [39:09] The habits of success [45:16] Who you surround yourself with matters [48:35} Ganesh & Uma's message to the world Quotes: “it's not about making money for ourselves or for shareholders, it's about doing good work for the community, the country, with people whom we love, and who we want to see succeed.” – Dr. Ganesh Natarajan “Life is a journey where you learn from failures, and you learn from successes.” – Dr. Uma Ganesh “For every negative event that takes you away from your path, I've always found that there are five helping hands there to support me.” – Dr. Uma Ganesh “Purpose, focus and a positive attitude will keep you going towards success.” – Dr. Uma Ganesh “If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.” – Dr. Ganesh Natarajan “Believe in yourself. Don't stop, just do it.” – Dr. Uma Ganesh “Try to make sure that everything is done in the shortest possible time and with the maximum possible impact.” - Dr. Ganesh Natarajan About Dr. Ganesh Natarajan: Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is the Executive Chairman of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures in the country. He is also Chairman of Honeywell Automation India Limited and Lighthouse Communities Foundation and a Board member of the State Bank of India, Hinduja Global Solutions, Global Talent Track, Educate Girls and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Ganesh is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay and NITIE. He has been Chairman of NASSCOM and President of the HBS Club of India and led APTECH and then Zensar Technologies to global success from 1991 to 2016. Harvard Business School (HBS) has written and teaches two case studies on his work. About Dr. Uma Ganesh: Uma Ganesh has three decades of success in corporate and entrepreneurial ventures covering manufacturing, media, banking and IT sectors. Uma has had indepth exposure to functional areas such as marketing, product management, finance and operations through CXO/CEO positions with large organisations having their footprint in India and global markets. Her last corporate assignment was with HSBC as their Chief Corporate Development Officer for its Global Resourcing Business and previously she has been associated with Zee Education, Aptech, NIIT, Fibre Glass Pilkington and Crompton Greaves.  Over the last decade, Uma has turned an entrepreneur founding Global Talent Track focussed on skills development for the digital era, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics, Kalzoom Advisors and Skills Alpha – the digital platform for talent development. One of the noteworthy initiatives is 5F World Pvt Ltd cofounded with Dr Ganesh Natarajan which is focussed on consulting for digital transformation and investment in digital startups. Uma's academic credentials include MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and Phd from IIT Bombay. She has played leadership roles in several industry forums namely CII, NHRD Network, Bombay Management Association, Indian Women's Network (IWN) to name a few. She has co-authored a book – a Tata McGraw Hill publication ‘Knowledge Force' with Dr Ganesh Natarajan and has a regular column in the Financial Express focussed around Digital technologies. Links: Websites: https://ganeshnatarajan.in/ http://5fworld.com/ Recent Books: RISING TO THE CHINA CHALLENGE: WINNING THROUGH STRATEGIC PATIENCE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH Accelerating Digital Success: Reimagining Organisations for a Post-COVID-19 World LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ganeshnatarajan/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/uma-ganesh-77369217/

    Episode 198: New Year Resolutions & The Power of Commitment

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 13:43

    Regardless of how big our dreams may be, we cannot get there without a compelling vision, specific goals, adaptable roadmap, and daily focus. Most people start out with big dreams but settle for broken ones. Isn't that the sad truth? That's why commitment matters. It helps you turn your dreams into your destiny. And when you are able to execute consistently, that's when you unlock high performance and accelerate success. In this episode, Monica shares why commitment matters, how goal achievement is linked to the habits we develop and the systems and tools we use, and how to create a clear and compelling vision both personally and professionally. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [01:53] Why commitment matters [04:29] Goal achievement is about systems and tools [06:19] Creating a clear compelling long-term vision [07:58] How to start gaining clarity on your vision [10:17] What is your theme for the year? Quotes: “There is no magic pill for achieving your goals. It's adopting the tools, systems and habits in order to execute.” – Monica Marquez “Our dreams and aspirations for the future determine where we're going to invest our time and energy every single day.” – Monica Marquez 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

    Episode 197: Connecting The Dots with A-Rod Corp's Kelly Laferriere

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 31:59

    In 2005, Steve Jobs shared a personal story during his commencement address at Stanford. The story was about connecting dots. The central idea behind it was that everything happens for a reason but you won't know the exact reason looking forward…you can only connect the dots looking back. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, karma, whatever it may be, and move forward with confidence that the dots will somehow connect in the future. So, follow your dreams and do what you love and it will all connect in the end. Our guest today, Kelly Laferriere, Chief Business Officer at A-Rod Corp, shares her career journey and how following her heart and trusting her gut has led to her success. And, how it is only now that she is able to look back and connect the dots of each experience she's lived and appreciate how they all have contributed to where she is today. In her current role at the A-Rod Corp, Kelly focuses on strategic operations, investments, media and entertainment, and marketing. Kelly also serves as the Advisor to Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore, owners of NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. She is a business and brand builder with experience in large companies and startups. Kelly has worked in media, sports, and entertainment for more than two decades, first at ESPN, on the Programming and Acquisitions senior management team, and then at Six Flags, where she led the business and operations of east coast parks. In addition to her current role, Kelly is also President of Slam Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that is an equal partnership of Alex Rodriguez and Himanshu Gulati, the founder and Chairman of Antara Capital. In this episode, Kelly shares the importance of following your personal mission, vision and values, advice on shifting your mindset away from limiting beliefs, and why authenticity is the key to building and maintaining relationships. 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 Kelly. Highlights: [03:07] Kelly's journey [05:51] Shifting your mindset around limiting beliefs [08:11] Following your mission, vision and values [10:03] Articulating your unique value proposition [12:19] Showing your value authentically [14:31] Taking risks & seizing opportunity [16:05] Kelly's success habits [17:25] Focusing on the right things at the right time [20:00] Building connection and relationships [25:26] Mentors don't have to look like you [28:54] The importance of self-care Quotes: “Sharing your story not only benefits you but others as well.” – Kelly Laferriere “When making difficult decisions, you need to check across your head, your heart and your gut.” – Kelly Laferriere “It is important to remember that building professional relationships is about creating win-win situations.” - Kelly Laferriere “Identify leaders that empower you, respect and support you, and provide an environment where you have opportunity.” - Kelly Laferriere About Kelly Laferriere: As Chief Business Officer at A-Rod Corp, Kelly Laferriere focuses on strategic operations, investments, media and entertainment, and marketing. In addition, Kelly serves as the Advisor to Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore, owners of NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. She is a business and brand builder with experience in large companies and startups. Kelly has worked in media, sports, and entertainment for more than two decades, first at ESPN, on the Programming and Acquisitions senior management team, and then at Six Flags, where she led the business and operations of east coast parks. In addition to serving as Chief Business Officer at A-Rod Corp, Kelly is President of Slam Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that is an equal partnership of Alex Rodriguez and Himanshu Gulati, the founder and Chairman of Antara Capital. ‍ Kelly is a graduate of Georgetown University and a member of the Georgetown Angel Investor Network. Links: Website: https://www.arodcorp.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellylaferriere/ Johnson O'Connor: Aptitude testing: https://www.jocrf.org Via Survey: Character strengths: https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register Book: 15 Commitments to Conscious Leadership: https://amzn.to/3daM5TX

    Episode 196: Leading with Authenticity with Federation Bio's Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 34:29

    Dr. Wayne Dyer, the “Father of Motivation” once said, “In all misfortune there is fortune. With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” Our guest, Dr. Emily Drabant Conley, shares how she chose to leverage her struggles growing up in the Midwest as a gay teenager in a conversative town to become the leader she is today. And, how her lived experiences led her to embrace her authentic self in life and in work. Dr. Emily Drabant Conley is the CEO of Federation Bio. Previously, Dr. Conley spent over a decade at 23andMe, where she helped scale the company from 30 employees into the world's leading platform for genetic-driven drug discovery. As Vice President of Business Development at 23andMe, she architected visionary partnerships across pharma and biotech. ​Dr. Conley currently serves on the boards of Federation Bio, TMRW, Medrio and formerly served on the boards of Lesbians Who Tech and the UCSF Alliance Health Project. In this episode, Dr. Conley shares how to move forward through fear, why it's important to believe in yourself as a leader and why you should always hire people smarter than you. 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 Dr. Conley. Highlights: [03:01] Dr. Conley's career journey [07:40] You can be anything you want to be [10:29] Moving forward through fear [12:59] Making the decision to leave academia [16:02] Get comfortable with learning on the job [18:53] Hire people smarter than you [22:52] Cultivating instrumental relationships [26:21] Learning from failure [29:44] How genetic testing created dialogue around DEI [32:55] How to get in touch with Dr. Conley [33:15] Final words of wisdom from Dr. Conley Quotes: “Leaders who hire people smarter than them will have a thriving group who can achieve great things.” – Dr. Emily Drabant Conley “You can learn from others just by watching them, how they run meetings, how they communicate.” – Dr. Emily Drabant Conley “Doing the work on yourself personally is essential to being a good leader.” - Dr. Emily Drabant Conley About Dr. Emily Drabant Conley: Dr. Emily Drabant Conley is Chief Executive Officer of Federation Bio. Previously, Dr. Conley spent over a decade at 23andMe, where she helped scale the company from 30 employees into the world's leading platform for genetic-driven drug discovery. As Vice President of Business Development at 23andMe, she architected visionary partnerships across pharma and biotech. ​Dr. Conley currently serves on the boards of Federation Bio, TMRW and Medrio and formerly served on the boards of Lesbians Who Tech and the UCSF Alliance Health Project. In 2019, Dr. Conley was named one of Business Insider's 30 Leaders Under 40 who are transforming U.S. healthcare and in 2020 she was honored by Google Ventures as one of the 25 women shaping the future of technology. Dr. Conley spent 10 years in academia conducting genetics research. She was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and is co-author on more than 35 academic publications. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine, where she held fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-drabant-conley/ Website: https://www.federation.bio/

    Episode 195: Positioning Yourself in Line with Market Demand

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 15:31

    Do you have clarity on what makes you valuable in the marketplace? Do your competencies align with what is in demand? According to a report from McKinsey & Company, by 2030, more than 800 million people will lose their jobs to automation. Could some of your tasks be easily automated? What percentage of your role might be automated in the future? In this day and age, it is important to understand what is growing in demand so that you can learn the skills and competencies needed for the future. In this episode, you'll learn how to keep track of market demand so you can position yourself in line with it. Highlights: [01:08] The effects of automation on the workforce [03:58] The shelf life of skills is getting shorter [04:34] Focus on solving business problems [06:55] Learning to run two races at the same time [07:32] Hacks to identify future demand [14:26] Homework for the week Quotes: “Digital transformation is unlocking organizations and making them faster, more efficient, more innovative, and ultimately creating more value for their customers.” – Nikki Barua “You have to know exactly what is in demand so that you can develop the right skills.” – Nikki Barua “Focus on solving a business problem and doing it in the fastest, most elegant, most effective way.” – Nikki Barua “You have to run two races at the same time: be great at what you're doing today, while mastering the skills to be great at what you'll be doing tomorrow.” – Nikki Barua “Your future is truly in your hands and you must start making changes today.” – 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

    Episode 194: Discovering Your Path with Newberry Executive Solutions' Neena Newberry

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 47:30

    Work. Is it something you dread or something you love to do? It's an important question to ask yourself because it's what we spend the majority of our adult lives doing. We all want careers that are personally fulfilling and financially secure, but sometimes those two things don't align and that's when you might need to make a change to avoid unnecessary disatifaction and dread. Our guest, Neena Newberry, President of Newberry Executives Solutions, had a successful career as a Deloitte Consulting executive, but felt drawn to pursue her purpose and do something on her own. Neena took some time to reflect on where she'd been and where she wanted to go, which led her to creating her own company, Newberry Executive Solutions, where she focuses on developing strong leaders through executive coaching, leadership training, apps and tools. Neena Newberry is an award-winning executive coach, speaker, and author. A former Deloitte Consulting executive with over 25 years of business and leadership development experience, Neena helps clients get results they couldn't before – for their companies and their careers. Over 75% of her clients get promoted. In this episode, Neena shares how to gain clarity on your career path, tips on making decisions with confidence when faced with uncertainty, and how to codify your unique value proposition and promote your value without bragging. 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 Neena. Highlights: [02:55] Neena's journey [08:16] Gaining clarity on your career path [14:38] Assessing risk [18:47] Overcoming fears and limiting beliefs [22:07] Sponsors don't always have to look like you [25:00] Tips on effective execution [29:11] Facing uncertainty and making decisions with confidence [37:11] Biggest challenges that Neena has coached women through [40:55] Codifying your unique value proposition [44:10] How to get in touch with Neena [45:33] Final words of advice on accelerating success Quotes: “When an opportunity is connected to your passion and purpose, it is an amazing feeling and if you can tap into that, it will help you overcome your fears.” – Neena Newberry “Small steps lead to big results.” – Neena Newberry “Make sure you've got people in your inner circle who will push back and challenge you and bring other perspectives to the table.” - Neena Newberry About Neena Newberry: Neena Newberry is an award-winning executive coach, speaker, and author. A former Deloitte Consulting executive with over 25 years of business and leadership development experience, Neena helps clients get results they couldn't before – for their Fortune 500 companies and their careers. Over 75% of her clients get promoted. She launched Newberry Executive Solutions to pursue her passion for helping women be successful. She left a 14-year career in management consulting and a role on Deloitte's U.S. HR Executive Committee, not knowing the economy would tank three months later. Neena also builds leadership skills through her breakthrough app, New Lens® (Gold Stevie Award for Best New Product) and her book, Show Up. Step Up. Step Out. — written up by Southwest Airlines President Emeritus Colleen Barrett. She has been featured in major media and received awards from the Dallas Business Journal, Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and Global Excellence Awards. Links: Website: https://www.newberrysolutions.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neenanewberry/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/newberrycoach Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewberryExecutiveSolutions/

    Episode 193: Taking Your Power Back in Meetings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 22:38

    Even at the highest levels in companies large and small, many otherwise strong and bold women struggle in meetings. Many say their voices are drowned out; others say they are ignored or overlooked, and others can't find a way into the conversation at all. And, in this new era of virtual meetings, the problem has become harder to manage. In this episode, Monica shares women's stories and experiences in meetings, what the research by Harvard Business Review shows, and how to take your power back in meetings. Highlights: [00:34] Women's experience in meetings [02:25] What the research shows [04:25] How to take your power back [08:00] Using muscular language [12:38] Practice and prepare in advance Quotes: “It's less about what we say and more of how we say it.” – Monica Marquez “You can learn to take your power back. You must practice, test, and learn.” – Monica Marquez 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

    Episode 192: Excelling In Sales with Shenkman Capital's Erica Simpson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 39:19

    How did you discover your career path? Did you know what you wanted to do from childhood or did you discover it later in life? Perhaps you are still seeking the perfect career for you. Meet our guest, Erica Simpson, Senior Vice President in Business Development & Investor Relations at Shenkman Capital Management Inc, who shares her career journey and how identifying her passions and skills early on helped her navigate a successful career in sales. From having the highest sales of Girl Scout Cookies in the 3 rd grade to SVP at Shenkman Capital, Erica shares how identifying themes, seeking input from others, and taking opportunities to move the ball forward helped her advance and find a career she loves. Erica Simpson is a senior member of Shenkman's institutional business development team, focused on plan sponsors and consultants in the United States and has 17 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Shenkman, she ran the business development efforts at IMC Asset Management. Prior to IMC, she was with Credit Suisse Asset Management, where she was responsible for alternative and traditional investment solutions for East Coast institutions. She began her career as an auditor for Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Erica graduated summa cum laude with a BBA. in accounting from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. In this episode, Erica shares the key to building influential relationships, tips on executing effectively, and why it is important to seek out mentors. 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 Erica. Highlights: [02:57] Erica's story [06:27] Building relationships [08:07] The key to success [10:38] Tips on effective execution [13:49] Delegation and leveraging resources [18:07] Overcoming limiting beliefs [26:45] Seek out mentors [31:50] Erica's advice on what it takes to be successful [35:48] Communicating expectations effectively Quotes: “Identify the people who want to help you succeed and ask them for help.” – Erica Simpson “There are so many role and career options, seek out the one that makes you happy.” - Erica Simpson “Effective communication is critical in helping people feel empowered to operate successfully as part of the your personal or professional microcosm.” - Erica Simpson About Erica Simpson: Erica Simpson is a senior member of Shenkman's institutional business development team, focused on plan sponsors and consultants in the United States and has 17 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Shenkman, she ran the business development efforts at IMC Asset Management. Prior to IMC, she was with Credit Suisse Asset Management, where she was responsible for alternative and traditional investment solutions for East Coast institutions. She began her career as an auditor for Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Ms. Simpson graduated summa cum laude with a BBA. in accounting from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Links: Website: https://www.shenkmancapital.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-simpson-a12531b/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/shenkman-capital-management/

    Episode 191: The Best Investment Is In Yourself

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 18:12

    In the age of uncertainty, you must make it a priority to invest in your own development. That's the only real security that exists when disruptive change can eliminate jobs or derail businesses unexpectedly. When assessing where you can invest time, energy, and the rest of your resources, spend it on the one thing that no one can take from you — yourself. In this episode, Monica shares why it's important to invest in yourself, why some women are not investing in themselves, and advice on creating the budget and habit for learning. Highlights: [00:39] Why invest in yourself [01:53] What the research shows [04:46] Why women are not investing in themselves [07:04] Create a budget for education [14:56] Make learning a habit Quotes: “Investing in yourself in terms of becoming a lifelong learner is now one of the most critical things that you can do in this current age of uncertainty.” – Monica Marquez “The best leaders are constantly learning.” – Monica Marquez “Invest in yourself with time and energy, not just dollars.” - Monica Marquez  “Learning in this day and age is a superpower and enables you to grow and learn and put yourself in uncomfortable situations.” – Monica Marquez 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

    Episode 190: Being Prepared To Take The Opportunity with Haynes and Boone's Shelley Rosensweig

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 48:22

    One of my biggest pet peeves is when a person minimizes someone's success to “sheer luck” or to being in the “right place at the right time”. Yes, some luck may be involved, but what's really at the root of their success is preparation. Being prepared to take on an opportunity, even if it's a stretch. Being ready to learn on the fly and confident you can figure it out. Being curious and hungry to continuously improve and do what it takes to get things done. Luck and success happen when preparation meets opportunity. Our guest, Shelley Rosensweig, a Partner in the Investment Management and Private Equity Practice Groups at Haynes and Boone in New York, shares her career journey and how being prepared to take advantage of opportunities to learn helped her advance in her career and become a partner at an earlier age. In her current role, Shelley structures, designs and organizes US and non-US private investment funds and assists clients with seed capital arrangements, the operation of managed account platforms and the organization and design of joint ventures, SPVs and other co-investment structures. Shelley also advises clients with respect to SEC, FINRA and CFTC regulatory and compliance matters, family office related matters, trading issues and employment matters. She further advises clients with respect to distribution and capital raising matters and other strategic initiatives.  In this episode, Shelley shares why you should always take advantage of opportunities to learn, the importance of learning business development skills, and shares advice on accelerating success in your career. 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 Shelley. Highlights: [03:02] Shelley's journey & the lessons she's learned [05:23] Taking advantage of opportunities to learn [15:26] Gaining clarity on your career path [24:12] The importance of business development skills [35:49] Mentors don't have to look like you [42:12] Shelley's advice on accelerating your success Quotes: “When starting a new role or career, take full advantage of learning everything that you can right from the start.” – Shelley Rosensweig “When you are trying to develop your brand or your business, lead with the things that you want to leave people with, because that's what they're going to remember.” - Shelley Rosensweig “Look for mentors whose expertise you value and that will help you regardless of their gender.” - Shelley Rosensweig “Do something that you are completely fearful of, take the risk. There is no such thing as the ultimate failure. You will learn from it and it will make you better.” - Shelley Rosensweig   About Shelley Rosensweig: Shelley Rosensweig is a Partner in the Investment Management and Private Equity Practice Groups in the New York office of Haynes and Boone. She structures, designs and organizes US and non-US private investment funds and assists clients with seed capital arrangements, the operation of managed account platforms and the organization and design of joint ventures, SPVs and other co-investment structures. Shelley also advises clients with respect to SEC, FINRA and CFTC regulatory and compliance matters, family office related matters, trading issues and employment matters. She further advises clients with respect to distribution and capital raising matters and other strategic initiatives. Links: Website: https://www.haynesboone.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shelley-rosensweig-05859ab/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shelchab Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shelchab/

    Episode 189: What's Behind the Great Resignation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 14:37

    We've all been hearing, reading and in some cases witnessing the talent tidal wave of employee departures during this "Great Resignation". Most assume that employees are leaving for money or better benefits. However, based on the latest research and our own anecdotal data from our Beyond Barriers Accelerator cohorts, what talent is really seeking is a sense of purpose and belonging. In this episode, Monica shares the real reason people are leaving and what organizations can do to stop the attrition. Highlights: [00:34] The real reason people leave companies [03:57] How organizations can stop the attrition [10:43] It's not all about the money, it's about purpose   Quotes: “According to a report by Working Mother Media, only 15% of women had clarity on where they wanted to be five years in their careers.” – Monica Marquez “If your organization doesn't have leaders who create a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, and make those that report to them feel valued, those employees will leave.” – Monica Marquez 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

    Episode 188: Transforming Communities with Trailblazer Inc.'s Dr. Deidre Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 48:20

    Do you ever feel isolated at work, despite being surrounded by people? If so, then it might not surprise you to know that according to a Gallup poll, only 36% of U.S employees are engaged in their work and workplace. Our guest, Dr. Deidre Anderson, Founder & President of Trailblazers, Inc., shares her story of climbing the corporate ladder while realizing that there was a big problem with workplace communities. Dr. D shares how the key to transformation comes from creating an environment that fosters ABC – authenticity, boldness and contribution. And how her mission became to help individuals and organizations develop vibrant workplace communities. Dr. D is also the founder and executive director of Women Empowered, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women become the best leaders that they can be. Each year, she compels women to become strong leaders through a training program and retreat that will help them to identify their goals and the strategies necessary to accomplish them. In this episode, Dr. D shares how she cultivated her superpower, techniques to overcoming limiting beliefs, and why reflection is so important. 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 Dr. D. Highlights: [02:41] Dr. Deidre's journey [06:55] Cultivating your superpower [09:23] Creating cohesiveness in teams [13:59] Techniques to overcome limiting beliefs [19:51] Feedback is information [26:11] Giving feedback [28:50] Why reflection is important [33:40] Challenging yourself & expanding your circle [37:33] Gaining access to influential leaders Quotes: “When you create an environment where everybody takes responsibility for fostering authenticity, boldness and contribution, that's the key to transformation.” – Dr. Deidre Anderson “Feedback is information. Nothing less nothing more.” - Dr. Deidre Anderson “Reflection is what brings clarity and fosters growth.” - Dr. Deidre Anderson “If there's nobody in your circle who's going to challenge the way that you think or stretch you outside of your comfort zone, it's easy to get stuck and believe that you're right on everything.” - Dr. Deidre Anderson About Dr. Deidre Anderson: Dr. Deidre Anderson is a well sought-after corporate trainer, charismatic speaker, successful business owner, award- winning leadership coach, and licensed minister with a heart to see others succeed. Dr. D, as she is affectionately known, has traveled the world, inspiring people from all walks of life to break through barriers to achieve more than they ever dreamed possible. Whether in the corporate arena, the women's domain or in ministry, Dr. D believes in helping individuals and working groups to discover their true potential while motivating and inspiring them to reach higher. Her desire is to ignite the passion in every person and group so that no goal will be unattainable. Dr. D is the President and Chief Leadership architect of Trailblazers, Incorporated, a Philadelphia-based consulting firm specializing in organizational development and leadership. Trailblazers provides public and onsite training that is catered to fit each client's specific needs and unique organizational culture.  Dr. D and Trailblazers' culturally diverse team of specialists help to propel organizations and individuals into attaining their goals by providing executive coaching, using a hands-on, practical approach. Her goal is that her clients do not simply walk away motivated, but that they will leave equipped with the tools that will help them to go the distance. Dr. D is the founder and executive director of Women Empowered, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women become the best leaders that they can be. Each year, she compels women to become strong leaders through a training program and retreat that will help them to identify their goals and the strategies necessary to accomplish them. Dr. D's client list includes such diverse organizations as Verizon Wireless, Boeing, Shop Rite, Jersey City Public Schools, City of Philadelphia, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Notre Dame, National Institutes of Health and the Internal Revenue Service. She earned a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University, a Master of Arts in Education from LaSalle University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Temple University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is the author of five books: The Beauty of Breakthrough, Launching ME, Inc., The Launching Pad, IMPACT Leadership Challenge and Arresting the Time Thieves. Her extensive travels have taken her throughout the United States and around the globe to countries such as Israel, Kenya, Spain, France, England, Italy, Greece, Canada and Mexico. Dr. D has the insight to guide and the passion to inspire individuals and organizations to set their goals higher than ever before while giving them the coaching that they need in order to reach them. She possesses a gift for seeing full potential in her clients and inspiring them to overcome obstacles so that they may achieve their goals. Links: Website: https://drdtribe.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdtribe/

    Episode 187: Why Diversity Matters in Entrepreneurship

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 15:34

    Did you know that, according to the 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneur Report, the number of Latino owned businesses has grown 34% over the last 10 years compared to just 1% for all other small businesses? In this episode, Monica shares her story of leaving corporate for entrepreneurship and celebrates winning ALPFA's Latina Entrepreneur Award. Nikki and Monica also discuss why diversity in entrepreneurship matters, the struggle of scaling your business, and share advice on how diverse founders can gain access to capital. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS   Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [00:39] ALPFA Latina Entrepreneur Award Winner Monica Marquez [02:55] Switching from corporate to entrepreneurship [05:22] Why diversity matters in entrepreneurship [07:44] Scaling your company [12:10] Advice to diverse founders on accessing capital Quotes: “The definition of urgency for an entrepreneur is 100 times fold than what it is when working in a big corporation.” – Monica Marquez “The advantage that diverse entrepreneurs have is the insight into what pain point their community is dealing with. And can help solve because of their unique perspective.” – Monica Marquez “There is so much insight and direct, firsthand lived experience that diverse founders can bring to the table that represents a massive and perpetually growing market opportunity.” – 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  

    Episode 186: Building The Future You Deserve With Applied Materials' Susan Winchester

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 38:42

    Do you ever feel that you are not good enough at work? Well, you are not alone. All over the world, billions of people go to work every day feeling anxious, defensive, isolated, braced for attack, overwhelmed, uncertain that they're worthy. The good news is that there are actions you can take to disrupt those patterns so that you can build the future you deserve. Meet Susan Winchester, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Applied Materials, whose passion is teaching and inspiring executives, leaders and professionals how to succeed by discovering greater self-acceptance, fulfillment and joy at work and in life. Susan shares her career journey and how learning to identify and address her limiting beliefs allowed her to step onto a conscious healing career path. Susan has more than 30 years of experience in HR providing executive leadership most recently as Head of HR for Rockwell Automation and prior to that in multiple leadership roles for the Kellogg Company. She continually looks to meet today's global business challenges with creative HR strategies that engage people, support a dynamic, inclusive corporate culture, and enable company exceptional performance. Susan is also the author of the book, Healing at Work: A Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve, with Martha I. Finney. In this episode, Susan shares why it is important to identify our limiting beliefs, the 3-step process to managing conflicts at work, and why self-acceptance is the key to creating a more joyful world for ourselves. 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 Susan. Highlights: [02:49] Susan's journey [05:23] Overcoming limiting beliefs [11::06] Three step process to managing a bumper car moment [15:04] Understanding our triggers and disrupting patterns [24:20] Teaching self-acceptance [28:03] Recognizing dysfunction [33:29] Susan's message to our listeners Quotes: “There is an opportunity to become aware of your limiting beliefs and disrupt past patterns and discharge that emotional energy in moments when you are triggered.” – Susan Winchester “You have a choice every day on whether your inner critic or inner coach will be in charge of your day.” - – Susan Winchester About Susan Winchester: Susan Schmitt Winchester is the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Applied Materials, a Fortune 200 Silicon Valley company, and its more than 24,000 global employees. She has more than 30 years of experience in HR providing executive leadership most recently as Head of HR for Rockwell Automation and prior to that in multiple leadership roles for the Kellogg Company. She continually looks to meet today's global business challenges with creative HR strategies that engage people, support a dynamic, inclusive corporate culture, and enable company exceptional performance. Her passion is teaching and inspiring executives, leaders and professionals how to succeed by discovering greater self-acceptance, fulfillment and joy at work and in life. Susan is also the author of the book, Healing at Work: A Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve, with Martha I. Finney. Additionally, Susan is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources—the highest professional honor for leaders in HR. She serves as a Board member for the HR Policy Association and on the Executive Committee of the Peer Roundtable for CHROs. She is Vice Chair, Leadership Advisory Board to the Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. And Susan is a member of the Forbes HR Council. Links: Website: https://www.susanjschmitt.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanschmittwinchester/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healingatwork/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealingAtWork

    Episode 185: How To Take Risks and Make Decisions with Certainty

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 21:04

    Do you struggle with indecision and hesitate to take risks? Do you become paralyzed when trying to decide whether to apply or take on a new job? Being indecisive is exhausting. It's just no fun. But, even worse, it robs you of opportunity! No need to worry. Making decisions might be difficult sometimes. But like any skill, you can get better at it with practice. In this episode, Monica shares why it is important to practice decision-making, how to take risks and minimize uncertainty, and the 5 steps to making decisions with confidence. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [00:55] Why it is important to focus on being decisive [01:56] The upsides and downsides of indecision [06:10] How to take risks and minimize uncertainty [08:29] The 5 steps to making decisions with confidence Quotes: “When you refuse to take any action, you're making a decision by default and choosing to do nothing.” – Monica Marquez “Fear is described as false evidence appearing real.” – Monica Marquez “Weighing the pros and cons of a decision is important. But do not spend too much time as it can lead to analysis paralysis.” – Monica Marquez “When weighing a decision, ask yourself, will this matter in 10 years?” – Monica Marquez “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley 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

    Episode 184: Building Connections with ServiceNow's Rosa Welton

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 34:46

    Building connections is a critical skill set for career success. Most successful people would agree that the popular catchphrase, "it's who you know, not what you know," rings true in daily life. The fact is, “who you know” might matter more, or at least, be just as important as what you know in getting professional opportunities. Our guest, Rosa Gonzalez Welton, Director of Product Management, Digital Acquisition, Growth and Customer Success at ServiceNow, shares her career journey and why she believes creating and building connections is the key to learning, growing, and fostering relationships. As Director of Product Management, Rosa is responsible for creating experiences across the end-to-end customer journey, from acquisition and growth, through to customer success. Rosa also created her own LeanIn Circle, for Latinas working in tech, a safe space for real talk, inspiration, and support. In this episode, Rosa shares why the best way to learn is by seizing opportunities, the benefits of investing in yourself, her decision framework, and how she gained access to influential leaders, sponsors, and mentors. 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 Rosa. Highlights: [02:22] Rosa's story [04:30] Jumping at opportunities to learn [06:13] Gaining clarity on your career path [08:26] The ROI of investing in yourself [10:24] The importance of community [15:07] Pushing forward through barriers [16:58] Rosa's decision framework [18:34] Gaining access to influential leaders, sponsors, and mentors [20:43] Asking for help [22:29] Rosa's daily success habits [24:39] Staying ahead of the curve Quotes: “Sometimes, in an organization, you're in a situation where you're just not going to win. Go where you're valued.” – Rosa Welton “People generally want to help. There is a benefit they get simply by mentoring or coaching others.” – Rosa Welton “The big picture in trying something new is that it's going to somehow open the door for you to know if that's the direction you want to go or a direction you don't want to go in.” - Rosa Welton “When others are complimenting you or your work, listen to them with an open mind, it will help you to find clarity on your strengths.” - Rosa Welton “It's important to know when to move on from a company or role. It is equally important to be intentional about where you are going next.” - Rosa Welton About Rosa Welton: As Director of Product Management, Digital Acquisition, Growth and Customer Success at ServiceNow, Rosa Gonzalez Welton is responsible for creating experiences across the end-to-end customer journey, from acquisition and growth, through to customer success. Prior to joining ServiceNow in 2019, Rosa spent 7 years with eBay where she held leadership positions in the consumer selling business; leading teams in product management, strategy, and product marketing. Her experiences building consumer marketplaces include roles at Walmart Labs and TrueCar, where she was an instrumental part of the team that launched the car shopping platform. Earlier in her career, she worked at Forrester Research, the Food Network, and Hearst Interactive. Rosa is originally from Los Angeles and holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA from Yale University. In her free time Rosa sparks connections between people around her dinner table in a drive to cure loneliness. Links: Website: https://www.rosawelton.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rwelton/ Latinas In Tech: https://leanin.org/circles/latinas-in-tech

    Episode 183: Don't Let It Fester, Let's Talk About Microaggressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 24:44

    One of the most significant challenges in the workplace, and in everyday life for that matter, that women and women of color have to cope and strategically manage are microaggressions. Dealing with these energy-draining and disempowering comments can take a toll on you. It's like, “Death by 1000 papercuts”. In this episode, Monica shares why it is important to address microaggressions when they happen, how to address a microaggression, and what to do if if you've committed a microaggression. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [02:01] Microaggression defined [03:49] Examples of microaggressions [07:43] How to address a microaggression [16:21] What to do if you've committed a microaggression Quotes: “Be specific when you address a microaggression, don't generalize. Let the other person know how their action or words made you feel.” – Monica Marquez “Turn a microaggression committed against you into a teachable moment. Take the opportunity to help that person grow.” – Monica Marquez 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

    Episode 182: Becoming a Change Agent with Volkswagen's Kimberley Gardiner

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 42:49

    Does the idea of change make you uncomfortable? For most people, the answer is yes because let's face it, change IS hard. But we also know that progress only happens when we step into the discomfort and embrace change. Meet Kimberley Gardiner, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., who shares her career journey and how the desire for impact led her to become a change agent. Kimberley shares how once she decided to share her ideas authentically, even when they went against the status quo – in a very male dominated industry - she was much happier, more satisfied, and more engaged. This decision to push to do things a little differently, a little better, led to the success that she has achieved. Kimberley brings more than 20 years of automotive experience to her current role at VW. She most recently served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America. She joined Mitsubishi from Kia Motors America where she directed marketing efforts for the brand. Previously, she served as CMO and Vice President of Operations for 5th Kind, a global digital asset management company. She is known for being an innovative thinker with a passion to help drive change in the automotive industry – a great fit for helping to push for mainstream adoption of electric vehicles led by Volkswagen. In this episode, Kimberley shares why you shouldn't be afraid to ask for advice, her daily success habits, how to build your own personal board of directors, and how to plan and achieve your long-term goals. 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 Kimberley. Highlights: [02:53] Kimberley's career journey [07:55] Embracing being a change agent [10:27] Managing your personal brand [13:24] Don't be afraid to ask for advice [16:17] Building your board of personal directors [17:52] Kimberley's daily success habits [22:50] Overcoming failures and setbacks [27:17] Executing and achieving your goals [31:48] Learning to say no [35:30] How to embrace change [40:08] Kimberley's advice to our listeners   Quotes: “You build business relationships like friendships, tell a little about yourself, ask for 5-10 minutes, and be very specific in your ask.” – Kimberley Gardiner “When you encounter a failure, think about what you can learn from it rather than replaying the event over and over in your head. Put the record player away and move forward with the lesson.” – Kimberley Gardiner “Positioning success in terms of how it ladders up in the long term will help you be more successful in the short term.” - Kimberley Gardiner “By saying yes to everything you shortchange the things that are really important to you.”- Kimberley Gardiner “The more you paint that picture early on, of what change can look like in the future, in a way that a person or team can relate to - saving you time, helping with turnover, achieving goals faster, and ultimately being more profitable, with a smaller footprint, the more people will be excited about the opportunity ahead.” - Kimberley Gardiner About Kimberley Gardiner: Kimberley Gardiner, SVP, Marketing & CMO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Kimberley is responsible for leading brand marketing for VW, including building on the momentum generated by the introduction of Volkswagen's first all-electric SUV, the ID. 4. Kimberley brings more than 20 years of automotive experience to her current role (joined VW in late 2020). She most recently served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America. She joined Mitsubishi from Kia Motors America where she directed marketing efforts for the brand.  Previously, she served as CMO and Vice President of Operations for 5th Kind, a global digital asset management company. She is known for being an innovative thinker with a passion to help drive change in the automotive industry – a great fit for helping to push for mainstream adoption of electric vehicles led by Volkswagen. Kimberley holds a bachelor's degree from Mills College and an MBA from Indiana University. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberley-sweet-gardiner/  

    Episode 181: Mentors & Sponsors: The Key To Career Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 17:19

    Have you struggled with advancing your career and don't know what steps to take? Do you feel stuck and don't know who to turn to for help? The key to success is not doing it alone and proactively seeking out the "right" mentors and sponsors. Research has shown that 75% of executives credit their mentors with helping them reach their current positions. That's a large number and demonstrates the importance of mentors and sponsors on ones' career. In this episode, we'll discuss the important differences between mentors and sponsors and how to identify them and where to find them. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [01:59] Research on mentors and sponsors [03:32] Identifying the right mentors and sponsors [04:51] The difference between mentors and sponsors [07:15] Mentors don't have to look like you [11:08] Be strategic in seeking out mentors [13:49] Exercise to help you identify the best mentors & sponsors for you [15:22] Where to find mentors Quotes: “Career success really is one of the things that you cannot do alone.” – Monica Marquez “75% of executives credit their mentors in helping them reach their current positions.” – Monica Marquez “Research has shown that if you want to get ahead and move up in your career, you need a sponsor.” – Monica Marquez “Mentors are everywhere - they can be in your organization, outside of your organization, within the industry that you're in or looking to transition to.” – Monica Marquez 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    

    Episode 180: Humanizing Work Cultures with Just Human, Not Resources' Shahana Banerjee

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 44:28

    In the past year, we've seen some truly alarming statistics when it comes to the workforce. A study by Gallup & ADP Research revealed that only 14% to 20% of employees are fully engaged. Another by Microsoft stated that 41% of the workforce are considering quitting their job. There is no doubt that the future of work needs to be focused more on the employee. Meet Shahana Banerjee, Founder of Just Human | Not Resources (JHNR), whose mission is humanizing work, culture & leadership. Shahana shares her story of starting JHNR because although many companies talk about people being their greatest asset, they rarely act like it. She believes in seeing people as people, as complete human beings, not as ‘resources' or ‘assets'. Prior to founding JHNR, Shahana spent more than two decades in human resources leadership roles in some of the worlds' largest companies, growing multibillion dollar businesses, transforming cultures and coaching leaders. In this episode, Shahana shares why she chose human resources as a career path, how to tell if you are actively managing your personal brand, and advice to CEOs who might be hesitant to embrace change and the new world of work. 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 Shahana. Highlights: [02:27] Shahana's story [07:20] Gaining clarity on your career path [12:12] Managing your personal brand [16:13] Humanizing work cultures and leadership [23:04] Advice to CEOs on enacting change [26:31] Advice to those nearing burnout [29:03] Overcoming limiting beliefs [36:00] The coping strategies of the best leaders [39:55] What Shahana is most excited out for the future [43:04] Shahana's message to the world Quotes: “Look for a career doing what you love and follow a career path that gives you enough diversity of experience that can then hold you in good stead as you reach the top.” – Shahana Banerjee “Clarity of purpose has the power to propel you and liberate you in so many ways.” – Shahana Banerjee “It is important to identify the coping strategies that are actually working for you and the coping styles attitudes that are holding you back.” - Shahana Banerjee “Life is too short to not be the best you can be. If you are in a relationship or in a work environment that is not helping you be the best you can be, it's time to think about doing something different.”- Shahana Banerjee About Shahana Banerjee: Shahana Banerjee is the Founder of Just Human | Not Resources (JHNR). She is an inclusive leadership expert, business leadership & career coach and an avid writer. Shahana's purpose is to help people and organizations learn, grow, unlock hidden potential and achieve the ‘impossible'. She started JHNR because although many companies talk about people being their greatest asset, they rarely act like it. She believes in seeing people as people, as complete human beings, not as a statistic, not as ‘assets', ‘capital' or ‘resources' - hence the name, Just Human Not Resources with a mission of humanizing work, culture & leadership. Prior to founding JHNR, Shahana spent more than two decades in human resources leadership roles in some of the worlds' largest companies, growing multibillion dollar businesses, transforming cultures and coaching leaders. She shares practical, actionable, often unconventional advice, through her website. It is “the real deal”, she says, real stories, real experiences and insights, with all the warts, bumps, bruises and nuances that reflect reality on every topic related to people and work. Links: Website: https://justhumannotresources.com/ Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/shahanabanerjee/ Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/Shahana_BanerG Medium https://shahanabanerjee.medium.com/  

    Episode 179: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 19:31

    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Have you ever wondered how to address someone Hispanic or felt lost with the nuances of Latino/x culture? Do you say Hispanic, Latino, Latinx? When it comes to this Spanish speaking population, it is very tricky, and even counter-productive, to lump 62 million people and 20+ cultures into one collective group. In this episode, Monica will share insights and best practices to raise awareness of the rich cultural nuances within the Hispanic and Latino diaspora. Don't miss this opportunity to learn to build a more inclusive workplace. Subscribe to get new episodes every Monday and Wednesday.  Visit https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com where you'll find show notes and links.   Highlights: [01:50] What is Hispanic Heritage Month [05:01] The difference between Hispanic, Latino, or LatinX [09:50] Pew Research on use of Hispanic, Latino, and LatinX [13:47] Never judge a book by it's cover [17:38] Teachable moments   Quotes: “This year's theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is Esperanza, a celebration of Hispanic heritage and hope. And the theme invites us all to celebrate Hispanic heritage, but also reflect on the resiliency we have all shown over the course of the last 18 months, two years, over the decades, over the centuries.” – Monica Marquez “When someone asks you, what are you or where are you from? Let's use that as a teachable moment to create the awareness to let people know that we aren't just one big umbrella, share the uniqueness of who you are, where your ancestry came from.” – Monica Marquez    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

    Episode 178: Striving for Greatness with Ares Management's Indhira Arrington

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 43:49

    What does career success look like? That can be a difficult question to answer if you haven't stepped back to understand how to actually measure your success. Or understand what success looks like in the environment or organization to which you currently belong. Our guest, Indhira Arrington, Managing Director and Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Ares Management, shares with us the three critical things she identified to be present in all the successful people she encountered. Indhira describes success as a 3-legged stool. The first leg is all about honing your talent. The second is refining your executive presence and the third comes as a result of the other two legs – gaining sponsorship from senior leaders. In her role at Ares, Indhira partners with the firm's DEI Council to advance Ares' strategy to attract, develop, engage and advance diverse talent within an inclusive, welcoming environment, along with advancing equity in the broader alternative asset management industry. She also serves as an advisor to support DEI initiatives at portfolio companies across Ares' investment strategies. In this episode, Indhira also shares her methodology for success, how to refine your executive presence, and why it's important to cultivate your personal group of advocates and sponsors. 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 Indhira.   Highlights: [02:52] Indhira's journey [10:56] Indhira's methodology for success [15:01] Staying ahead of the curve [20:37] Managing your manager [28:23] How to gain sponsorship [30:35] The art of self-promotion [35:22] Cultivating your group of advocates [40:17] Always be in the service of others   Quotes: “I truly believe in the saying, ‘Good is the enemy of great.' I don't want things to just be good enough. It's helpful in some scenarios but good enough can also hurt you and others.” – Indhira Arrington “Success is like a 3-legged stool. The first leg is all about honing your talent. The second is refining your executive presence and the third comes as a result of the other two legs – gaining sponsorship from senior leaders.” - Indhira Arrington “Sponsorship is what's going to make a differential impact in your ability to move up within organizations.” – Indhira Arrington “It's important to understand how your role impacts the broader strategy because once you know that you can start to expand that impact.” – Indhira Arrington “When you approach everything with the mindset of ‘how can you be in service to others', the universe ensures that everything comes back two-fold for you.” - Indhira Arrington About Indhira Arrington: Mrs. Arrington is a Managing Director and Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ("DEI") Officer in the Ares Human Resources Department, and partners with the firm's DEI Council to advance Ares' strategy to attract, develop, engage and advance diverse talent within an inclusive, welcoming environment, along with advance equity in the broader alternative asset management industry. Mrs. Arrington also serves as an advisor to support DEI initiatives at portfolio companies across Ares' investment strategies. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, Mrs. Arrington served as a Senior Vice President and Head of Targeted Sourcing at Wells Fargo & Company, where she provided leadership in the strategic planning and execution of diversity sourcing initiatives and programs for the firm. Previously, Mrs. Arrington held several senior roles at The Bank of America Corporation within the Global Diversity and Inclusion Organization. In addition, she was an Equity Derivatives Sales Trader at Morgan Stanley. Mrs. Arrington began her career as a Financial Analyst at CIT Group. She serves on the Board of Directors of Poly Prep, the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). Mrs. Arrington holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business. Mrs. Arrington is a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow, a Toigo Fellow and an INROADS alum. She is a Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Beta Kappa, Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), PRIMER Network and the Council of Urban Professionals. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/indhiraarrington/

    Episode 177: How Latinas Can Lean In with Anna Dapelo-Garcia

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 45:06

    When it comes to your career progression, are you actively “leaning in” to create impact and making a difference or are you passively leaning back in your seat, letting opportunities slip passed you? You may be familiar with Sheryl Sandberg's book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”, where she shares her perspective on what women need to do to move up in the business world, which is: to press ahead, to project confidence, to "sit at the table" and physically lean in to make herself heard. Meet Anna Dapelo-Garcia, Founder & President of Lean In Latinas, who shares her story of wanting to pass on the lessons she learned to the younger generation of Latina women. After visiting the Lean In Organization's website, she decided to click and create a “Circle”. And that is the beginning of Lean in Latinas and Anna's journey of paying it forward. Anna Dapelo-Garcia is an Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity Leader at Stanford Health Care. She is also the Founder and President of Lean In Latinas. Anna has received numerous awards over the years and in 2015, she became the Founder of Lean In Latinas and was appointed as a Regional Program Leader by LeanIn.Org. Anna was featured in The New York Times for her role in creating Lean In Latinas, now a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Anna has also been featured in Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Wall Street Journal. In this episode, Anna shares her story of bringing Lean in Latinas to life, why you should never turn down an opportunity, the importance of your personal brand, and the benefits of having diversity in mentorship. 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 Anna. Highlights: [02:54] Bringing Lean In Latinas to life [10:13] Never turn down an opportunity [13:22] Gaining clarity on your strengths [19:14] The importance of your personal brand [26:14] Seeking out feedback [32:13] Benefits of having diversity in mentorship [37:55] Anna's advice to women on accelerating success Quotes: “Every day you have an opportunity to determine your brand and how you want to be remembered.” – Anna Dapelo-Garcia “Be loud and proud of who you are and how you contribute to the world.” – Anna Dapelo-Garcia “Constructive feedback is a great opportunity to hone in on your skills.” - Anna Dapelo-Garcia “Mentors are critical at every stage of your career, whether you are an emerging professional or a CEO.” - Anna Dapelo-Garcia “Confidence is a game changer. Once you get it, it's like the sun came up.” - Anna Dapelo-Garcia About Anna Dapelo-Garcia: Anna Dapelo-Garcia is an Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity Leader at Stanford Health Care. She is also the Founder and President of Lean In Latinas. Anna acquired a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Saint Mary's College. In 2013 she was named as a Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Influence and graduated from the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute program. In 2017, she was named as the Woman of the Year by the Women's Health Care Executives. She also served as a State Commissioner with the California State Senate for Cost Control in State Government. She was vice chair and board member for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and is currently serving as vice chair and board member for the University of San Francisco. In 2015, she became the Founder of Lean In Latinas and was appointed as a Regional Program Leader by LeanIn.Org. Anna was featured in The New York Times for her role in creating Lean In Latinas, now a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. In 2018, she received a Top Latino Leaders Award by the National Diversity Council in Los Angeles. In 2019, Anna was appointed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to the Women's Equality 2020 Leadership Council and in 2021 she was appointed to the Santa Clara County Hate Crimes Task Force. In March 2019, she was chosen by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for a Latino Leadership award. Anna has also been featured in Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Wall Street Journal. Links: Website: https://leaninlatinas.org/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-dapelo-garcia-927baa5/  

    Episode 176: The 3 "P"s To Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 17:30

    Do you shy away from experiences which require you to stand up and speak in front of a group? Do you break out in a cold sweat while making your way up to the stage to speak? In this episode, Nikki shares her first experience with public speaking and the fear that caused her to freeze on stage. She also shares the 3 “P”s to overcoming the fear public speaking. Subscribe to get new episodes every Monday & Wednesday.    Visit https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com where you'll find show notes and links. Highlights: [01:04] Nikki's first experience on stage [06:34] How Nikki overcame her fear of public speaking [08:56] Practice, practice, practice [15:12] Get clear on your WHY   Quotes: “You can't get better at something if you don't invest time in it, and you can't invest time in it, if you never schedule it.” – Nikki Barua “The best way to overcome your fear of public speaking is to practice by seeking opportunities to speak whenever you have the chance.” – Nikki Barua “To overcome your fear of public speaking you must practice the three “P”s - you need to prepare, you need to practice and you need to be patient.” – Monica Marquez    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

    Episode 175: How To Build Executive Presence

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 17:16

    Do you have executive presence? Did you know that it can be learned? According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, 67% of your executive presence depends on gravitas, communication makes up 28% and appearance accounts for just 5%. In this episode, we share the 3 aspects of executive presence as taught by expert, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, as well as tips and strategies for you to gain executive presence and gravitas. Subscribe to get new episodes every Monday and Wednesday.    Visit https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com where you'll find show notes and links. Highlights: [00:58] What is executive presence [01:06] Sylvia Ann Hewlett: 3 aspects of executive presence [07:24] How Nikki & Monica developed executive presence [12:29] Exhibiting executive presence remotely [14:22] Your choice of words matter Quotes: “90% of communication is how you deliver your message and 10% are the words you use to share your message.” – Monica Marquez “Being deliberate and thoughtful when you are speaking will help you develop executive presence.” – Nikki Barua “Your ability to signal preparedness to someone through your executive presence really comes down to creating a sense of certainty and inspiring confidence in the other person by how you show up.” – 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

    Episode 174: The Power of Your Story with Cowen's Ripa Rashid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 40:16

    What's your story? Have you ever been asked that question during an interview and not known where to even begin? Telling stories about your professional self can inspire others' belief in your character and in your ability to successfully take on new opportunities or make career transitions. It also can help you believe in yourself. Having a career story gives meaning to your career history; it will assure you that, in moving on to something new, you are not discarding everything you've worked so hard to accomplish. Unfortunately, research has shown that most of us fail to use the power of storytelling in pursuit of our professional goals, or we do it badly. Our guest, Ripa Rashid, Managing Director and Head of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) at Cowen, shares her career story and why it is important to weave together your professional narrative and be able to clearly articulate your journey with clarity. Ripa is an internationally recognized subject matter expert and practitioner in the space of workplace diversity and inclusion, with a focus on gender, race and global talent engagement and development strategies.  Prior to joining Cowen, Ms. Rashid was Managing Director at Culture@Work, Working Mother Media and Bonnier's strategic advisory and custom research group. Previously, she was co-president at the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) in New York City, a premier think tank and content provider that studies global workplace inclusion and diversity. She has also served as a management consultant with Booz & Company, PwC and Mitchell Madison Group, and has held senior diversity and inclusion positions at MetLife and Time Warner. In this episode, Ripa shares how her career has been guided by a desire for continuous growth and learning, why it is important to have allies and sponsors in your corner, and advice on how to stay ahead of the curve in the digital age. 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 Ripa. Highlights: [03:07] Ripa's story [08:05] Articulating your journey with clarity [13:29] The importance of alliances and sponsorships [17:53] Leveraging your relationship & asking for help [23:31] Setting & achieving your goals [30:26] Staying ahead of the curve [33:51] Ripa's decision-making framework [36:06] Advice to women in the workplace [39:19] Best way to connect with Ripa Quotes: “Approach everything with a learning and growth mindset.” – Ripa Rashid “Talent exists everywhere, opportunity does not. It's about creating access and opportunity.” – Ripa Rashid “If you live a life with fear, that means that you're not discovering anything.” - Ripa Rashid “There is no roadmap and no prescribed path for innovative work.” - Ripa Rashid About Ripa Rashid: Ripa Rashid is a Managing Director and Head of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) at Cowen. Ms. Rashid is an internationally recognized subject matter expert and practitioner in the space of workplace diversity and inclusion, with a focus on gender, race and global talent engagement and development strategies.  Prior to joining Cowen, Ms. Rashid was Managing Director at Culture@Work, Working Mother Media and Bonnier's strategic advisory and custom research group. Previously, she was co-president at the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) in New York City, a premier think tank and content provider that studies global workplace inclusion and diversity. She has also served as a management consultant with Booz & Company, PwC and Mitchell Madison Group, and has held senior diversity and inclusion positions at MetLife and Time Warner. Ms. Rashid holds an AB cum laude in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University, an MA in anthropology from New York University and an MBA from INSEAD. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/riparashid/

    Episode 173: How To Find Your Passion

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 13:28

    Research shows that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill or craft. That's why it's so important that you're clear on your passion so that you don't expend that energy and time on something that you simply find boring. Honing your craft takes time, but first it takes awareness of what you love to do. In this episode, we'll share why it's important to have clarity on your passion, the steps to identifying your passion, and how to integrate your passion with your work. Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [01:18] What do you love to do? [03:05] Why it's important to have clarity on your passion [04:41] Marrying your passion with your work [08:06] How Monica found her passion [10:54] The steps to identify your passion   Quotes: “If you want to be the best at something, you have to put in a long amount of time honing your craft.” – Nikki Barua “If your day job does not correlate with your passion, then effectively you're spending all your free time and all your mental energy in developing a competency in something and not getting paid for.” – 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

    Episode172: Unleashing The Rare Breed with Sunny Bonnell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 41:51

    Have you ever been called obsessed, rebellious, or even hot blooded? Meet our guest, Sunny Bonnell, Co-Author of Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous, and Different. Witnessing an alarming lack of acceptance for unique people and “crazy” ideas that don't fit the mold, Sunny co-authored Rare Breed as a manifesto for tearing up the rule book and succeeding on your own terms. In addition to Rare Breed, Sunny Bonnell and co-author Ashleigh Hansberger are also creators of Rare Breed, the popular YouTube series, and founders of the game-changing leadership and brand consultancy, Motto. Named Inc. 30 Under 30, GDUSA Top 25 People to Watch, Sunny and Ashleigh have been featured by Entrepreneur, Yahoo!, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, The Breakfast Club and hundreds more. They have earned their way to the front of a workplace revolution and have devoted their work to inspiring people to think with the Rare Breed Mindset and demand more of themselves, their careers, and their companies. In this episode, Sunny shares the vices for mavericks, oddballs, and visionaries and how there are two sides to each vice. She also shares highlights from her book, advice on shattering the glass ceiling, and why she lives by the mantra, “learn to succeed because of who you are, not despite who you are”. 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 Sunny. Highlights: [02:40] Sunny's story [06:42] Building a branding agency [09:53] Pivotal moments in Rare Breed's history [14:52] Highlights from the book Rare Breed [19:30] The two sides to our vices [24:06] What companies should be asking when looking for rare breeds [27:17] Which company has most embraced the rare breeds [30:23] Sunny's advice to shattering glass ceilings [37:35] Sunny's message to the world Quotes: “The leadership & mindset of a company affect culture and brand.” – Sunny Bonnell “Learn to succeed because of who you are, not despite who you are.” – Sunny Bonnell “Show up and make your presence known. Don't sit back with brilliant ideas and hold your tongue because you think you're going to get experience a negative consequence.” - Sunny Bonnell   About Sunny Bonnell: Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger inspire a new kind of leadership thinking which they share in their bold talks and unconventional book Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous, and Different. For over fifteen years at their leadership and brand consultancy, Motto, the dynamic duo have been teaching leaders how to dismantle business-as-usual using Rare Breed thinking to deviate from the norm and challenge the status quo. In their book, Sunny and Ashleigh help leaders and those who strive to be leaders, develop a Rare Breed Mindset®, a thought framework based on seven unconventional traits they've identified as the source of radical differentiation and power in business and life. It is this philosophy that has garnered the attention of clients like Google, Microsoft, the NFL, and Hershey's. Witnessing an alarming lack of acceptance for unique people and “crazy” ideas that don't fit the mold, Sunny and Ashleigh responded with their book, Rare Breed, which has become the go-to business manifesto for tearing up the rule book and succeeding on your own terms. In turn, the Rare Breed Mindset® builds stronger, more inspiring, and more innovative companies and teams. Not only do they speak, write, talk, and teach, Sunny and Ashleigh also consult virtually around the globe on how leaders can think, act, and innovate more like a Rare Breed amid the COVID disruption and cultural shifts. When not leading their team of Rare Breeds at Motto, they give inspiring keynotes where they share their audacious story of dropping out of college with $250 in their early twenties to found their award-winning consultancy, as well as provocative advice on how to turn doubt into determination, failure into fuel, and angst into ambition. They've been named Inc. 30 Under 30, GDUSA Top 25 People to Watch, and interviewed by Entrepreneur, Forbes, Yahoo!, Wall Street Journal, The Breakfast Club and hundreds more. They've also spoken at Dale Carnegie's Exceed Culture, Fossil, Small Giants, Inc. GROWCO, The Dallas Society of Visual Communicators, Radio and Audio Summit to name a few.   Links: Website: https://rarebreedleaders.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rarebreedleaders https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunnybonnell/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rarebreedleaders/ https://www.instagram.com/sunnybonnell/  

    Episode 171: Seizing Opportunity with CWT's Michelle Frymire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 49:02

    “Doubt kills more dreams that failure ever will” ~ Suzy Kassem When an opportunity presents itself, do you feel a spark of excitement at first and then begin to realize the challenges that may come with it? Suddenly self-doubt creeps in and stops you from taking action. Our guest, Michelle Frymire, Chief Executive Officer of CWT, shares how taking on challenges and leaning into those tough assignments early in her career set the stage for her to advance. She has been guided by the motto: “it's not that we fall down, it's that we get back up”. Michelle Frymire is a senior executive with 30 years of experience in driving growth and transformation at both public and private companies worldwide. Michelle's career reflects a demonstrated track record as a catalyst to successful execution of transformation, large scale growth - both organic and through M&A, the transition from private to public company through an IPO, and as a leader of successful transformation initiatives. Most notably, her experience in finance and strategy, and serving as a key strategic partner to boards and executive teams, combined with strong leadership and team building skills, has prepared organizations to make a global impact. In this episode, Michelle shares her story of rising to the top, how the best way to check all the boxes for a role is to accept the opportunity and learn in the role, and how success in scaling is directly correlated to an amazing team and great culture. 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 Michelle. Highlights: [02:50] Michelle's story of rising to the top [04:35] Overcoming your fears [06:45] Gaining clarity on your career path [11:34] Trusting your instincts [14:01] Getting unstuck and taking action [17:46] Michelle's superpower [19:52] Seize every opportunity [24:03] Navigating risk & uncertainty at scale [28:51] Staying true to your values [33:54] Creating your own personal board of directors [38:10] Cultivating new relationships [41:24] Biggest trends for the future [45:06] Staying ahead of the curve [47:43] Michelle's message to women everywhere   Quotes: “Lean into those tough assignments that nobody else wants to do. There's always a chance that you fail, but that chance is real everywhere in life. Or you may succeed and have it lead to something really exciting.” – Michelle Frymire “Don't be afraid to seize an opportunity.” – Michelle Frymire “You're never 100% ready for that next role. The best way to really be ready is by doing it.” - Michelle Frymire “The single most important thing a CEO does is build and cultivate a great team and culture.”- Michelle Frymire “Peer relationships will make or break your career. They are the most important factor in how you're going to elevate yourself by their having confidence and trust in you.” - Michelle Frymire   About Michelle Frymire: Michelle Frymire is a senior executive with 30 years of experience in driving growth and transformation at both public and private companies worldwide. Michelle's career reflects a demonstrated track record as a catalyst to successful execution of transformation, large scale growth - both organic and through M&A, the transition from private to public company through an IPO, and as a leader of successful transformation initiatives. Most notably, her experience in finance and strategy, and serving as a key strategic partner to boards and executive teams, combined with strong leadership and team building skills, has prepared organizations to make a global impact. Michelle currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for CWT, the world's second largest corporate travel management company serving over 5,500 clients across 140+ countries around the world, including many of the Fortune 500 and the U.S. military and government. Michelle has played a key role in the company's successful evolution to the world's leading digital travel management company, and under her leadership the company is successfully navigating the impact of the global pandemic, both operationally and financially. Prior to CWT, she was the CFO and head of strategy for Service King Collision Repair and then U.S. Risk Insurance Group in Dallas, Texas. While working at Service King she was recognized as Dallas' Large Private Company CFO of the Year by D Magazine. Prior to Service King, Michelle spent five years at The ServiceMaster Companies, first as the CFO for TruGreen, the world's largest consumer lawn care company, and then played an integral role in ServiceMaster's successful IPO in 2014 as the head of FP&A and global strategy. Michelle spent almost 20 years in the travel industry working for some of the worlds' largest and most well-known travel companies, including American Airlines, Continental Airlines and then Delta Air Lines, ultimately assuming the role of VP of Finance for Delta Airlines in 2001. She then joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer for Starwood Vacation Ownership during a period rapid growth for the organization. Michelle currently serves on the board of directors for Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC) where she is a member of the audit committee. Michelle has also served on the advisory board for several not for profit organizations, currently serving as the Treasurer of the board of directors for Family Gateway, a not for profit organization focused on serving the needs of homeless children and their families in Dallas, Texas. She also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. A Texas native, Michelle received her bachelor's degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in Economics and her MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas in Austin. She resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband of 30 years and their four children and their four dogs. Links: Website: https://www.mycwt.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellefrymire/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mmfrymire  

    Episode 170: How To Audit Your Personal Brand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 11:02

    We're living in the age of influence where our personal brands precede us. How often do you audit your personal brand to find out what people say about you when you aren't in the room? What do others perceive of you when they see your digital footprint?  Whether you want a personal brand or not, you have one. In this episode, we will share why it's important to build your personal brand and the 3 step to building your brand so you don't miss the opportunity to make your reputation work for you. Highlights: [01:16] Why it's important to build your personal brand [01:50] Your digital presence [05:37] 1 st step to building your brand – audit yourself [08:37] 2 nd step – do an external audit [09:28] 3 rd step – identify patterns Quotes: “We leave a trail everywhere we go based on how we show up.” – Nikki Barua “If you're not aware of your personal brand and are not actively building it, you're unknowingly creating a major barrier to your success.” – Nikki Barua “We're living in the age of influence where our reputation precedes us.” – Nikki Barua  “Look at what your digital and physical footprint and what it says about you.” – 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  

    Episode 169: Turning Setbacks Into Success with Prosek Partner's Jennifer Prosek

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 45:42

    We've all heard the saying, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. But we also know that it's easier said, than done. Meet Jennifer Prosek, founder and Managing Partner of Prosek Partners, who shares her story of graduating from college into a recession, unable to secure a job, moving back home and how she took those lemons and decided to make lemonade. Jennifer started her entrepreneurial journey before she was 25 years of age. She dreamed of conquering the world and promised herself that if she got closer to her goal each year, she would continue on that path. Jennifer did just that. Today, Prosek Partners is a leading international public relations and financial communications consultancy with offices in New York, London, Boston, Los Angeles, and Connecticut. The firm ranks among the top financial communications consultancies in the U.S. and UK. Prosek Partners was named among Forbes' America's Best PR Agencies in 2021 and is ranked among the Top 25 firms in New York Observer's PR Power List. Jennifer was also listed personally among Insider's list of top financial communicators in the United States. In this episode, Jennifer shares her story of turning bad luck into good, how to get comfortable asking for help, tips on building your personal brand, how to effectively execute, and advice on accelerating success in a world that is constantly changing. 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 Jennifer.   Highlights: [02:42] Jennifer's story [05:41] Overcoming your fears [08:57] The art of asking [13:04] Taming the voice inside your head [17:30] The key to building your personal brand [21:07] Jennifer's daily success habits [27:50] How to recover quickly from mistakes [33:36] Tips on effective execution [38:21] Advice to women on accelerating success   Quotes: “Figure out what makes you feel confident. Because once you get that confidence and tame the voice inside your head, asking becomes easy.” – Jennifer Prosek “Your emotional energy is so important to conserve. Don't waste it on something you can't control. Put all your precious energy into solving something and good things will happen.” – Jennifer Prosek  “It's really important to know what you stand for and align it to where you work or what you do.” - Jennifer Prosek About Jennifer Prosek: Jennifer Prosek is the founder and Managing Partner of Prosek Partners, a leading international public relations and financial communications consultancy with offices in New York, London, Boston, Los Angeles, and Connecticut. The firm ranks among the top financial communications consultancies in the U.S. and UK. Prosek Partners was named among Forbes' America's Best PR Agencies in 2021, has been listed as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company for nine years running, and is ranked among the Top 25 firms in New York Observer's PR Power List. Jennifer was also listed personally among Insider's list of top financial communicators in the United States. Jennifer is a published author and frequent speaker. "Army of Entrepreneurs," her first book, received praise from Columbia Business School, Wharton and INSEAD. Her second book "Raising Can-Do Kids," co-authored with Richard Rende, Ph.D., was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. She is on the board of directors of the Arthur Page Society, BritishAmerican Business, Nasdaq-listed Better World Acquisition Corporation, and sits on the advisory board of Signal AI and iConnections. She is also a venture investor in a number of communications technology platforms, including Qwoted and The Marque. Jennifer received her MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in English Literature from Miami University. Links: Website: https://www.prosek.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-prosek-14a73550/  

    Episode 168: Why Mentorship Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 18:16

    We've all heard the proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” Success is rarely achieved alone. Athletes don't become Olympians without mentors and coaches to guide them. Are you are someone who has no mentors, has no idea where to find one, or are afraid to ask for mentorship? In this episode, we discuss why mentorship matters, what holds people back from seeking mentorship, and the 3 keys to finding the right mentor for you. Highlights: [01:00] Why mentorship matters [06:18] What holds people back from getting mentors [08:33] Three keys to finding a mentor [10:03] Mentorship at all stages of life [13:05] Mentorship through content [16:19] Homework for the week   Quotes: “Mentors shorten the learning curve by imparting their wisdom and their experience.” – Nikki Barua “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” – John C. Maxwell “Be very specific about your areas of growth and mentoring needs.” – Nikki Barua "A mentoring relationship is a privilege, treat it with the respect it deserves.” – Nikki Barua “Don't think of mentorship in terms of a specific individual that is ahead of you. Think of mentoring in the context of a mentoring circle.” – Nikki Barua “When you are focused on yourself and doing great work, people will come to you and be excited to help you.”- Monica Marquez   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  

    Episode 167: Empowering Female Entrepreneurs with Ready Set Jet's Shalini Vadhera

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 38:36

    Doing what you love is rewarding. Being able to make a living from it is a bonus. But receiving recognition for your work is priceless and brings infinite motivation to do even more. Our guest, Shalini Vadhera, Founder and CEO of Ready Set Jet, was pursuing her passion for beauty when she received a heartfelt note from a client thanking her for making his wife smile again. At that moment, Shalini knew that's what she wanted to spend the rest of her life doing. In 2018, Shalini launched Ready Set Jet, with the mission to positively impact women around the world through a globally inspired and socially responsible brand. Shalini Vadhera is the recipient of the 2019 Hind Rattan/Jewel Of India Award from the Prime Minister's Office, which is the highest honor bestowed on a Non Resident Indian. She is also the winner of the 2017 Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award from the House of Lords, British Parliament. Her global influence with women and young girls stems from her entrepreneurial passion to build companies and create products for women to empower women. In this episode, Shalini shares how she found her passion and purpose on her entrepreneurial journey, and how success comes faster when you focus on your strengths. 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 Shalini. Highlights: [02:37] Shalini's story [04:35] Finding your passion and purpose [07:12] Pivotal career moment [13:08] Overcoming uncertainty [19:11] Launching Ready Set Jet [27:30] Advice to female founders [31:09] Gaining access to decision makers [33:50] Shalini's daily habits [35:41] Focus on what you do best, let others do the rest [37:02] Shalini's message to women around the world   Quotes: “It is so important to be open to receiving feedback, it's what's going to help you grow.” – Shalini Vadhera “Be sure to be diligent in your research of different investors, because once you raise funding, it is like you're getting married to these individuals.” – Shalini Vadhera “Learn how to manage your self-talk. You can make or break yourself just on your thoughts.” - Shalini Vadhera “Focus on what you do best, and bring in the best of class to do the rest.” - Shalini Vadhera   About Shalini Vadhera: Shalini Vadhera is the recipient of the 2019 Hind Rattan/Jewel Of India Award from the Prime Minister's Office (the highest honor bestowed on a Non Resident Indian) and the 2017 Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award Winner - House of Lords, British Parliament. Her global influence with women and young girls stems from her entrepreneurial passion to build companies and create products for women to empower women. Her rise from jewelry and fashion entrepreneur, celebrity make-up artist, bestselling author of Passport To Beauty, favorite guest of Dr. Oz and Today, to the founder of a multi-million dollar global cosmetics company is nothing short of remarkable. Vadhera has transformed this platform while using her business acumen to create global beauty, lifestyle and business solutions to empower women globally.  Vadhera is the Founder of Ready Set Jet, a next gen impact beauty and lifestyle edu tech brand. The brand focuses on bringing skills and training with unique product technology tied to a strong social impact initiative to empower women globally and help break the cycle of poverty for disenfranchised girls in India. Vadhera is the Founder of Passport To Beauty, a luxury beauty and wellness brand that curates and creates the world's best discoveries from around the globe. Vadhera launched Power Beauty Living in 2014, a social platform for women that shares the knowledge of top female thought leaders and experts from around the world. In 2016, Vadhera took Power Beauty Living global at the United Nations. In 2019 Vadhera turned Power Beauty Living into a 501c3 Foundation to empower women with skills development and livelihood enablement globally. Vadhera is best known for her innovative formulations and packaging design and works with a number of companies in product creation, sourcing and development i.e. Baywatch Beauty brand, TCM beauty brand, products for Fab Fit Fun and numerous private label projects for celebrities and influencers. Vadhera was named the #1 Person To Watch by The Economic Times of India, Recipient of The 2019 Woman Of Excellence Award- Women Economic Forum, Nominated for the 2019 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, Recipient of the Game Changer Of The Decade Award in Beauty, and the Winner of the Oprah Beauty O~ward. Links: Website: https://readysetjetofficial.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shalinivadhera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/shalinisworld Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shalinivadhera Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shalinisworld  

    Episode 166: Bringing Your Idea To Market with BuzzBallz's Merrilee Kick

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 38:04

    Let's say you've got a great idea that you really believe in, but you've got no clue where to start. What would you do? Would you figure out a way or feel stuck and do nothing? Meet Merrilee Kick, CEO/Founder of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion. Merrilee was a school teacher who had this lightbulb idea while she was grading papers by her pool. But rather than just sit on that idea, Merrilee set off on researching how to bring that idea to life. Nine months later, Merrilee launched BuzzBallz/Southern Champion, becoming the only woman-owned Distillery/Winery/Brewery combination in the United States. Merrilee is a winner of the Dallas Business Journal's 2019 Most Admired CEO Award, the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Southwest, EY's Winning Women Award 2016, Winner of the Enterprising Women's Award 2017 and 2020's Top 20 Award, Winner of the WPO's 50 Fastest companies, Ranked in the Top 50 DFW Businesses by D CEO Magazine in 2020, Winner of the Top Women in Grocery in 2020, Winner of the 2020 Nielsen Brand Growth Award for Product of the Year Award-Spiked Beverage (BuzzTallz), and Winner of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Woman's University. In this episode, Merrilee shares her entrepreneurial journey and the lessons she's learned in building her business. She also shares advice on the best ways to get unstuck, how to unlock your motivation and bring your ideas to life. 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 Merrilee. Highlights: [02:42] From teacher to entrepreneur [05:12] Idea to product launch [06:58] Information will help you get unstuck [08:08] Finding your customer [09:27] Navigating the barriers in retail distribution [11:36] Developing the BuzzBallz brand [13:25] Biggest surprise along the journey [17:13] Family business [19:12] Trusting your instinct [22:59] Non-negotiables when it comes to hiring [24:35] Decision-making framework [26:36] Bootstrapping vs. VC funding [27:49] Lessons learned in building a business [29:51] Merrilee's big dream [31:09] Merrilee's daily habits [32:59] If you build it, they will come   Quotes: “If you're stuck or need motivation, you likely aren't researching enough. You need to go out there and dig for information. Ask people for advice.” – Merrilee Kick “Get your pitch down so that when you talk to somebody, within one minute, they know who you are and what you do.” – Merrilee Kick   About Merrilee Kick: Merrilee Kick is the CEO/Founder of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion, the only woman-owned Distillery/Winery/Brewery combination in the United States. The company is in Carrollton, Texas, and makes ready-to-drink cocktails called BuzzBallz, as well as spirits like rum, vodka, gin, bourbon, and some private label brands. The products are sold in 49 states and 21 countries. The company is family owned/operated and home to over 150 employees in the Dallas area. The company supports education-based causes. She is a winner of the Dallas Business Journal's 2019 Most Admired CEO Award, the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Southwest, EY's Winning Women Award 2016, Winner of the Enterprising Women's Award 2017 and 2020's Top 20 Award, Winner of the WPO's 50 Fastest companies, Ranked in the Top 50 DFW Businesses by D CEO Magazine in 2020, Winner of the Top Women in Grocery in 2020, Winner of the 2020 Nielsen Brand Growth Award for Product of the Year Award-Spiked Beverage (BuzzTallz), and Winner of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Woman's University. Merrilee has a BS/BA from the University of Montana, an MBA from Texas Woman's University, and she is currently attending Harvard Business School. She is a former high school teacher in Plano, Texas. Merrilee's two sons, husband of 33 years, and daughter-in-law all work for the family business. Links: Websites https://www.buzzballz.com/ https://southern-champion.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/merrilee-kick-65328aa/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/merrilee.kick Twitter: https://twitter.com/kickmerrilee

    Episode 165: Breaking The Myth On Negotiation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 16:21

    Did you know that 20% of women never negotiate? More astounding is the research shows that women who opt out of negotiating their salary will lose approximately $7,000 in her first year. And over the course of a 45 year career, will lose between $650,000 and 1 million dollars. In this episode, we break the myths on negotiating, share why it's important to always negotiate, and share tips and strategies on negotiating so that you can get what you deserve.   Highlights: [01:10] Always negotiate [02:23] Statistics on negotiating [04:15] Impact of not negotiating [05:35] Nikki shares negotiation tips [06:07] Myths about negotiation [14:42] Share your questions   Quotes: “Don't think of negotiating in terms of salary. Think of it in terms of anything that you value and that could be PTO, education, eligibility for promotion.” – Nikki Barua “Myth # 1 about negotiation is that it is about conflict, it isn't. You need to reframe negotiation to be about discovery and alignment.” – Nikki Barua “Negotiation is about establishing a long term win-win outcome.” – Nikki Barua “Negotiation is not about money, it is about value exchange.” – 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  

    Episode 164: Living your Passion, Potential, and Purpose with Robyn Streisand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 54:31

    We've all heard the saying “you only live once” or YOLO in our world of text abbreviated acronyms. Most give it the meaning of “make the most out of the days you have”. Some, take it to mean, “do the things you find enjoyable or exciting”. But a few, like our guest, take it to the next level by using it as a catalyst for inspiration and the motivation to take on any challenge that comes their way. Meet Robyn Streisand, CEO & Founder of The Mixx & Titanium Worldwide, who left her corporate job to pursue her mission of creating something for the greater good. Not wanting any regrets or any would have, could have, should haves, Robyn launched her entrepreneurial career and has never looked back. Today, Robyn is now one of the most successful leaders in her industry as she celebrates 25 years of guiding The Mixx agency. As a community builder, Robyn was determined to open doors for others, so she launched Titanium Worldwide, the world's first collective of certified-diverse agencies in the marketing, media, and communications space. In this episode, Robyn shares her inspiration for entrepreneurship, why we shouldn't deny ourselves the once in a lifetime chance of bringing our gifts to the market, and how building the right company culture isn't something you can buy. Robyn is a recognized figure in the LGBT community, featured in Out Magazine as most influential OUT 100 people in the United States. Her commitment to working with diverse-owned businesses has always been a point of passion, where she continues to focus on leveraging the business potential of independent, diverse companies. 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 Robyn. Highlights: [03:02] Robyn's inspiration for entrepreneurship [05:35] Advice on taking the first step towards entrepreneurship [10:07] Landing the bigger clients [14:23] Robyn's proudest moments [23:10] What fuels Robyn [27:18] Establishing self-care as a non-negotiable [35:52] About Titanium [48:17] Inspiration and influencer for LGBTQ community [53:34] Robyn's message to the world   Quotes: “You have just one life and you don't want to have those would have, could have, should have regrets.” – Robyn Streisand “Having a company that believes in itself and the people believe in each other, transcends outward as an energy, as a mindset, as a way of working. It's not the kind of thing that you can just buy anywhere.” – Robyn Streisand “Diversity isn't about checking the box. The real energy comes from within, when a company starts from the right place and takes the right steps around getting educated and trained. That can transcend inside a company and then be shared outside.” – Robyn Streisand About Robyn Streisand: A 30-year marketing veteran, Robyn Streisand is the perfect blend of business savvy and creative prowess. In March of 2018 her agency The Mixx celebrated its 25th anniversary of delivering visionary creative that ignites emotion and generates action across the Fortune 500. She works with industry leaders who appreciate the key insight she brings to the table, along with the top-level strategy, creative, and execution her team provides. Her clients have her number on speed-dial and appreciate that they can count on her for solutions that get to the heart of their business goals. Clients include Mercedes-Benz USA, Disney, and Deloitte, amongst many others. Robyn is a recognized figure in the LGBT community, recently featured in Out Magazine's 2016's most influential OUT 100 people in the United States and is a co-founder of the NGLCC NY in Manhattan. Her commitment to working with diverse-owned businesses has always been a point of passion, where she continues to focus on leveraging the business potential of independent, diverse companies. This same entrepreneurial instinct and passion for diversity led her to launch a second venture, Titanium Worldwide. The world's first collective of certified-diverse agencies in the marketing, media, and communications space launched in 2014, and offers integrated solutions for today's business needs. Her knack for connecting the right people, and her strong belief in finding ways to work better together paid off when the collective landed contracts with Fortune 500 companies within its first year. Robyn and her wife Linda have raised two beautiful girls together and reside in New York City. Links: Websites: https://themixxnyc.com/ https://www.titaniumww.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robynstreisand/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/robynstreisand https://twitter.com/themixxnyc Instagram: https://instagram.com/robynstreisand  

    Episode 163: How To Own And Promote Your Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 12:22

    Do you share your successes with others? Are others aware of the impact you have created? Career progression is directly influenced by how you are perceived by those who can make or influence decisions. To get ahead and advance in your career, you must take ownership of your successes. In this episode, we share how you can demonstrate your impact, put yourself in a better position to be hired, promoted and compensated well, and stop being the best kept secret!   Highlights: [00:41] Hiring statistics [01:52] Why achievements of women executives are less visible [04:08] The struggle with promoting yourself [08:44] Make your greatest hits list   Quotes: “There are things known, and there are things that are unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Monica Marquez “When you finish a project, you must share your results with a little self-promotion to gain the necessary visibility to advance.” – Monica Marquez “Every accomplishment builds upon the previous one and amplifies your value to the world.” – Monica Marquez “Your reputation allows other people to know how you can help them.” – 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  

    Episode 162: Navigating Life's Pivotal Moments with Salesforce's Jennifer Lagaly

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 45:46

    Pivotal moments are critical turning points that bring new perspectives and opportunities that alter the trajectory of our lives. As Tony Robbins famously said, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” The decisions we make define our path of success, failure, and even happiness. Meet Jennifer Lagaly, Senior Vice President at Salesforce, who shares her story of navigating the pivotal moments in her life and career, which ultimately led her to success as a corporate executive and a mother of five. Jennifer shares advice on finding clarity on your career path, how motherhood prepares women for management, and why it is important for women to stay in the game and have their voices heard. Jennifer serves on the board of FinancialForce and has held a variety of sales roles in her 18 years at Salesforce guiding the success of her team and clients. She recently gave a TEDx talk inspiring both women and men with strategies to balance successful careers and a fulfilling parenting experience. 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 Jennifer.   Highlights: [02:29] Jennifer's childhood career aspirations [04:15] Advice on finding clarity in early career stage [07:07] Path to Senior Executive in sales [11:17] Pivotal career moments & decisions [15:13] The catalyst behind Jennifer's ambition [18:53] How motherhood prepares you for management [25:28] Demystifying sales [31:08] The best predictor of successful salespeople [34:32] What's in the future for Jennifer [39:23] Advice to women in the workplace [40:49] Paying it forward   Quotes: “Employees perform best when they feel their leaders care and support them.” – Jennifer Lagaly “The best predictor of one's future success is what they've done in the past.” – Jennifer Lagaly “Life is the journey, it is not the station. Striving and solving problems is life.” – Jennifer Lagaly   About Jennifer Lagaly: Jennifer Lagaly is a Senior Vice President, GM of Industrial Products at Salesforce. In her 18 years at the company, she's served in a variety of sales roles across the organization. Prior to Salesforce, she has experience in technology sales across several companies including Forte/Sun and Motiva/Siebel, and providing Siebel and Remedy call-center solutions to Siemens ICN. She is on the board of FinancialForce and has recently given a TEDx UCDavis talk inspiring both women and men to stay in the game while they balance successful careers and a fulfilling parenting experience. Lagaly lives in the Bay Area with her husband and five children and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering at University of California, Davis. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferlagaly/

    Episode 161: Manage Your Energy Not Your Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 16:36

    We've been conditioned to associate productivity and time efficiency with success. You often hear the saying “time is money”. But what if it isn't about time at all? In this episode, we'll discuss the obsession with time and why you should be managing your energy instead of your time. Nikki also breaks the myth around multitasking and shares 10 tips to help you break through the tyranny of time. Highlights: [01:01] Why we obsess about time [01:53] Manage your energy instead of your time [03:20] We all have 24 hours in a day [04:49] Focus on what you want to create [05:53] 10 tips to break through the tyranny of time [10:52] Multi-tasking does not equal productivity   Quotes: “Being busy and filling every minute of your day does not equate to creating impact.” – Nikki Barua “Time doesn't matter. It matters only when we're trying to do something that isn't joyful.” – Nikki Barua “One of the biggest myths is that multitasking increases productivity. Its saps your energy and your focus and actually slows you down.” – Nikki Barua “Once you choose your top priorities for the day, be sure you know the reasons why those matter.” – 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  

    Episode 160: Dream Even Bigger with Google's Ana Corrales

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 39:07

    Albert Einstein once said, “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” He went on to say, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Now, we all know the tremendous impact Einstein made by pursuing big dreams. So, it stands to reason that boundless curiosity fuels discovery which ultimately leads to big dreams. Meet Ana Corrales, Chief Operating Officer for Google's Consumer Hardware business, who shares her career journey and how curiosity helped her to gain clarity and led her to the perfect role. As COO, Ana leads the development process for Made by Google hardware and Nest products --phones, laptops, Google Home, Chromecast, Nest Thermostat --and manages getting those products into the hands of customers. She also drives the end-to-end IT efforts and customer experience work across the Google Hardware business. Ana previously led Google Hardware's first-party retail efforts, including driving the growth of e-commerce channel, Google Store. Ana has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business, and as one of the most powerful Latinas by the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). HITEC (Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council) has recognized her as a top technology executive. She is known in the industry as a seasoned leader who can successfully grow startup businesses into multi-billion dollar companies. In this episode, Ana shares how mentors helped her unleash her curiosity and to dream bigger and pursue audacious goals. She also shares insights on making opportunities happen, overcoming fear and limiting beliefs, the importance of creating your own narrative, and challenges listeners to ask themselves, “Are dreams are really big enough?”. 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 Ana.   Highlights: [03:33] Ana's journey [05:54] Gaining clarity through a love of learning [09:54] Making opportunities happen [12:41] Overcoming fear and limiting beliefs [17:57] Creating your own narrative [24:08] Ana's success habits [30:03] Asking for help from your community [32:32] Dreaming big   Quotes: “Continuous learning is important and you will go further faster if you are deliberate in your learning.” – Ana Corrales “Don't let your calendar manage your time .” - Ana Corrales “Success is not a linear journey.” - Ana Corrales “If every day goes perfectly well for you, you are likely not challenging yourself.” – Ana Corrales  “Be genuine and intentional in sharing your story lest others tell it for you.” – Ana Corrales   About Ana Corrales: Ana Corrales is the Chief Operating Officer for Google's Consumer Hardware business. As COO, Ana leads the development process for Made by Google hardware and Nest products --phones, laptops, Google Home, Chromecast, Nest Thermostat --and manages getting those products into the hands of customers. Ana also drives the end-to-end IT efforts and customer experience work across the Google Hardware business. Ana previously led Google Hardware's first-party retail efforts, including driving the growth of e-commerce channel, Google Store. Previously, Ana served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Nest. She also served as Senior Vice President of Product Operations at Cisco Systems. In 2006, Ana co-founded a startup solar company. As the acting CEO, Ana sold the company in 2010. Ana serves as a member of the Women@Google board and is an executive sponsor for HOLA, Google's Latino Employee Resource Group. Ana serves on the board of directors for Watermark, the Bay Area's largest women leadership organization, as an advisor to Roli, a company reinventing instruments that extend the joy of music-making to everyone. Ana has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business, and as one of the most powerful Latinas by the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). HITEC (Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council) has recognized her as a top technology executive. She is known in the industry as a seasoned leader who can successfully grow startup businesses into multi-billion dollar companies. Ana is a native of Costa Rica and earned a Masters of Engineering from Stanford University. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anacorrales/  

    Episode 159: Creating Habits For Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 18:35

    James Clear stated that habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. How much time do you devote to analyzing your habits? Do you study the habits of successful people? Almost 50% of our daily activities are driven by habits – good or bad. We are the product of our habits. In this episode, we discuss the common habits of high achievers. Highly achievers don't rise to the top by behaving like everyone else. We share how you can develop new habits that make success effortless. Highlights: [01:21] Common habits of high achievers [02:17] 5 most common habits of high achievers [05:48] Summary of 5 common habits [07:50] Nikki's morning routine [10:33] How to develop new habits [12:45] How to replace bad habits with good habits   Quotes: “High achievers have morning routines that ground them, fuel them and empower them.” – Nikki Barua “High achievers have a habit of focusing on the most important thing and eliminating distractions.” – Nikki Barua “Be relentless in focusing on self-development.” – Nikki Barua “It's not just about forming good habits, it's replacing bad habits with good habits.” – Nikki Barua “If you want a certain outcome, you must invest time and allocate time towards it.” – 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  

    Episode 158: Raising Your Game With Goldman Sachs’ Gizelle George-Joseph

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 34:24

    Do you think of your career as a sprint or a marathon? Our guest, Gizelle George-Joseph, shares why it is actually both and why regardless of what phase of the race you are in, to raise your game, you need to consistently be focused on building your skillset and competencies. In this episode, Gizelle George-Joseph, managing director and global chief operating officer of the Global Investment Research Division at Goldman Sachs, also shares her career journey, the importance of building your community of truth-tellers, and why hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Gizelle is global chief operating officer of the Global Investment Research (GIR) Division. In this role, she works closely with divisional leadership on the management of GIR, as well as the development and execution of key strategic initiatives. Highlights: [02:25] Gizelle’s journey [06:01] Gizelle’s daily success habits [08:53] Overcoming setbacks [12:45] Building lasting work relationships [14:59] Gaining access to influential leaders [16:48] Overcoming limiting beliefs [18:46] Raising your hand for new opportunities [23:15] Seeking out feedback [26:58] Balancing professional and personal priorities [29:50] How to continue to accelerate your success   Quotes: “What are the skills that you need to raise your game on a day to day, week to week basis. Get all of those into your toolbox because that's what ultimately moves your career.” – Gizelle George-Joseph “It is important to have a good network of people around you, who can support you, because in moments when you feel like your cup is empty, they will be there to lean on.” – Gizelle George-Joseph “Think of building relationships in terms of what are you bringing to the table that will benefit the other person and the community.” – Gizelle George-Joseph “Always be prepared to talk about the things that you are working on and how it is moving the organization forward.” – Gizelle George-Joseph “Surround yourself with people who are going to tell you the truth about your weaknesses and strengths. And not tell you what to do, but instead feed into your decision making process.” – Gizelle George-Joseph “You can't be every woman every day.” – Gizelle George-Joseph “The only way to continue to be relevant is to be constantly changing and evolving and not going back to the comfort zone.” - Gizelle George-Joseph About Gizelle George-Joseph: Gizelle is global chief operating officer of the Global Investment Research (GIR) Division. In this role, she works closely with divisional leadership on the management of GIR, as well as the development and execution of key strategic initiatives. Prior to assuming her current role, Gizelle was chief administrative officer for Global Macro Research and GIR infrastructure. Previously, she was the global talent advisor for the Human Capital Management (HCM) Division. Earlier in her career, Gizelle led Learning and Engagement for GIR and was a talent advisor on the GIR HCM team. She joined Goldman Sachs on the Americas Equity Research Management team in 2005 and was named managing director in 2017. Gizelle is a founder of the Salisbury Development Organization, a nonprofit focused on hurricane relief and economic development efforts on the island of Dominica. She also serves on the Human Resources and Talent Committee for the DreamYard Project. Gizelle earned a BS in Business Management from South Carolina State University and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University. . Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gizelle-george-joseph-9a127319/

    Episode 157: Embracing Your Uniqueness With Google’s Annie Jean-Baptiste

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 35:57

    What does leadership look like? Is there a blueprint for leadership that you should be following? Our guest believes that leadership is NOT one size fits all. So, stop trying to fit into a mold that doesn’t suit you. Meet Annie Jean-Baptiste, author, founder of the Equity Army, and the Head of Product Inclusion at Google, who shares her journey to discovering what true leadership looks like and how finding her authentic leadership style led to building trust with key stakeholders and the communities that she supports. In this episode, Annie also shares how she helps teams make sure Google products are made for everyone. She spends her days making sure everyone matters. But the most important message she shares is how YOUR voice, your unique experiences and what makes you different from others, is the secret to success. Annie leads Product Inclusion strategy across Google, including consultation, communications, scale and research and created the movement 3 years ago as a way to ensure underrepresented users felt seen throughout the product design process.   Highlights: [01:01] Annie’s story [04:02] Imposter syndrome [04:30] Lean into what makes you authentic [06:53] Gaining clarity on your strengths [10:02] Strategies to highlight value proposition [12:40] Framework for inclusive product design [17:42] Setting and achieving your professional goals [18:39] Writing Building For Everyone [22:50] Key to developing your personal brand [27:15] Annie’s success habit [30:13] How can women accelerate in the digital age   Quotes: “The more that you try to fit into a mold that wasn't made for you, the more energy you have to expend.” – Annie Jean-Baptiste “If you can find something that you're passionate about, something that gives you purpose, and you can get paid for it, that is the trifecta.” – Annie Jean-Baptiste “Periodically assess if the things you're doing are moving you towards your goals.” – Annie Jean-Baptiste “Find mentors, advisors, sponsors and coaches that are going to push you into uncomfortable situations so you can grow.” – Annie Jean-Baptiste About Annie Jean-Baptiste Annie Jean-Baptiste is an author, founder of the Equity Army, and the Head of Product Inclusion at Google. She leads Product Inclusion strategy across the company, including consultation, communications, scale and research and created the movement 3 years ago as a way to ensure underrepresented users felt seen throughout the product design process. Annie is passionate about making the web and Google’s products work for underserved communities while ensuring that Google is a place where everyone shines for their differences. She’s responsible for working with Google product teams and senior leaders on the creation and execution of their inclusive design strategy. She formerly created programs related to Diversity talent management and career development within several technical product areas within Google. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!) with degrees in International Relations & Political Science. She is an avid Boston sports fan & loves to bring her dog Hercules to work. She currently is based in Google’s San Francisco office. Outside of Google, Annie is a former American Heart Association spokesperson and a One Young World ambassador, focused on healthy lifestyles in underserved communities. She is also a former Hack the Hood mentor. She currently serves on the board of KQED. She's the intrapreneur in residence at the University Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and a member of the IEEE's Ethically Aligned Design committee. She’s been inducted into the Haitian Roundtable’s 1804 society as “One to Watch” and inducted as one of the 30 Black Stars for Face to Face Africa in 2019. She’s also been covered in Vogue, Essence Magazine, Business Insider, Teen Vogue, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, Cheddar, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, the Root, the Council of Fashion Designers of America Annual Report, The Miami Times, Boston Globe and Fortune Magazine. Her book, Building for Everyone, is available now. Follow her on social media: @its_me_ajb.   Links: Website: https://www.anniejeanbaptiste.com/ Book: https://www.amazon.com/Building-Everyone-Practices-Googles-Inclusion/dp/1119646227 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annie-jean-baptiste-43511930/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/its_me_ajb/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Its_Me_AJB  

    Episode 156: The Importance Of Investing In Yourself

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 24:37

    Warren Buffet said that by far the best investment you can make is in yourself. Where do you invest your time, energy, and money? In this episode, we discuss why it is important to establish the habit of consistently upgrading your skills, competencies and knowledge. And why investing in yourself has guaranteed returns. Nikki also shares insights and strategies on how you can become a lifelong learner and aspire to success. Highlights: [01:30] The best investment you can make [05:00] Make it a habit [07:00] When to upgrade yourself [10:59] You are worthy of the investment [12:45] Take control of your career development [15:00] Best way to aspire to success   Quotes: “The best investment you can ever make in your life, whether it's time, money or energy, is in bettering ourselves. It has guaranteed results.” – Nikki Barua “Ask yourself what is the next level of learned competency for professional development that you need and how you do you get it.” – Nikki Barua “Be intentional in seeking out learning for professional development.” – Nikki Barua “You are worthy of the time, care, and attention to focus on yourself.” – Nikki Barua “There is a misconception that your company is responsible for your career development.” – Monica Marquez “The ultimate job security isn’t being good at your job today, it’s being highly capable and qualified to do your job tomorrow.” – Nikki Barua “The easiest way to be successful is to find the people who you want to be like and look at what they do, not what they have.” 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 an ex-Googler, diversity expert and senior corporate leader. 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  

    Episode 155: Charting your Course in the New World of Work with Ginny Clarke

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 44:38

    Are you ready for a career change but have no idea what else you could do or where to start? Or perhaps you're between jobs or just starting out in your career, but you find the whole job search and interview experience to be overwhelming and stressful. Meet Ginny Clarke, CEO of Ginny Clarke, LLC and author of Career Mapping: Charting your Course in the New World of Work, who shares with us her journey as a black female, professional and single mom, navigating through work life and managing her own career to becoming an expert executive recruiter. In this episode, Ginny shares tips on gaining clarity on your strengths and how to communicate with recruiters to level up in your career. Ginny also shares advice on raising your hand for stretch opportunities, asking for help, and why the ability to communicate effectively is so important. 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 Ginny.   Highlights: [01:03] About Ginny Clarke [05:34] How someone discovers their unique strengths in order to communicate to people [07:40] How do you use those transferable skills to switch industries or switch roles? [12:19] Struggling with fear and limiting beliefs [16:04] Patterns that prevent women from showing up with confidence and owning their success [20:56] Expiring skill sets and stretch opportunities [24:58] Balancing personal and professional goals and setting boundaries [30:02] Importance of community [34:32] Future of work in digital age [38:00] Advice on digital interviews   Quotes: “Often what we love to do, is what we’re good at, and that can mean we have to push away what other people expect of us.” – Ginny Clarke “I’ve watched so many people get locked into one thing and what they don’t understand is they are a free agent and can own this process.” -Ginny Clarke “Part of growing up is learning to deal with the ambiguity of uncertainty. You can’t be rigid and risk averse because that will limit you.” -Ginny Clarke “Some of the mistakes women make in interviews and more broadly in their careers, they don’t come in willing to assert, ‘This is what I’m good at and this is how I do it.’” -Ginny Clarke “Competencies trump experience, you have to be your own advocate. In the digital world, go learn it in your own time to keep moving.” -Ginny Clarke “Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, if you’re sharing your vision, sometimes you don’t even have to ask for help.” -Ginny Clarke   About Ginny Clarke: Ginny Clarke is CEO of Ginny Clarke, LLC. She provides unparalleled skills and insights to some of the world’s leading executive search firms and technology companies. As a seasoned executive recruiter, she brings a unique, holistic approach to leadership assessment, hiring, diversity recruiting, and talent management that is essential more now than ever. Ginny is a systems thinker who can deconstruct processes and behaviors to carefully assess organizational and individual capability. From there, she provides integrated solutions to affect change. Specialties include Leadership Assessment and Training, Talent Acquisition Process Design, Diversity Recruiting Strategy and Execution, Career Management and Internal Mobility. Before pursuing her own business, Ginny held senior leadership positions at Google and Spencer Stuart. At Google, she acted as Director, Executive Recruiting. In this role, she led the Diversity, Internal Mobility, and Non-Tech Recruiting teams. Her team of North American recruiters found and hired senior leaders (Directors +) for finance, sales, marketing, and other G&A functions across Google. She leveraged her expertise to build a scaled internal mobilityprogram for Google’s senior leaders and designed much of the infrastructure that supports their executive recruiting function today. At Spencer Stuart, Ginny was a Partner who worked in the firm’s Financial Services and Financial Officer Practices and co-founded and led Spencer Stuart’s Global Diversity Practice. Ginny drew upon her breadth and depth of experience to write her book “Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work” (2011). The book provides a framework that empowers individuals to plot and assess their professional competencies and strategically navigate their careers. Ginny’s podcast “Fifth Dimensional Leadership” is designed for leaders, thinkers, and future-makers dedicated to creating the conscious workplace of tomorrow. Ginny earned her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. She is the single mother of an adult son, Julian, who works in the entertainment industry.   Links: Website: https://www.ginnyclarke.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginnyclarke/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/GinnyClarke  

    Episode 154: How To Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 12:47

    Change is happening so fast in today’s world that it is becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate and prepare for the future. And while we can’t always predict what the future will bring, what we can do is disrupt ourselves before we get disrupted. In this episode, Nikki shares why it is no longer just about the survival of the fittest, it is also about survival of the fastest. Nikki and Monica also share strategies and insights to anticipate challenges, learn new skills, respond quickly to change and get ahead of disruption. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [00:16] Growth of artificial intelligence [00:26] How do you prepare for rapid change [03:20] Favorite hack #1 to anticipate change [07:18] Correlation of disruption and innovation [08:50] Favorite hack #2 to anticipate change [09:38] Just-in-time learning [10:59] Homework for the week   Quotes: “We’re living in a time of so much change and such rapid change, that it’s not enough to just be fit. You also have to be fast.”–Nikki Barua “It's no longer survival of the fittest. It's survival of the fastest.” - Nikki Barua The faster you let goof previous beliefs and open yourself up with curiosity and humility, and be willing to learn, that’s what’s going to help you adapt faster.” – Nikki Barua “You miss out on opportunities when you’re worried about what could go wrong.” – Nikki Barua “Technology is creating the solutions for the things that people feel technology is disrupting.” –Monica Marquez“ You have to know where the demand is and align your skills and your competencies to where that demand is. Then you can be the one that is benefiting from these opportunities as opposed to being displaced.” – Nikki Barua “There are opportunities for everyone to combine the power of technology with the beauty of the human mind.” – 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  

    Episode 153: How Smart Women Ask with Selena Rezvani

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 33:52

    How do you learn the secrets to success? Who do you look to for guidance on becoming a better leader? Those are the intangible questions our guest, Selena Rezvani, wanted to answer, not just for herself, but for others. So, she did the smart thing, she asked. In this episode, Selena shares insights on the lessons she learned from interviewing and asking insightful questions to over 50 top female C-Suite leaders. She shares strategies on overcoming failures and setbacks, tapping into your motivation to help you move forward, and how to stand out as your authentic self. Selena Rezvani is a recognized leadership consultant, speaker and author, with a mission to help women carve out paths to leadership on their own terms. Selena is the author of two leadership books for professional women – Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want, a bestseller, and The Next Generation of Women Leaders. Selena also has several popular courses on LinkedIn learning and has done a TEDx talk titled “Interrupting gender bias through meeting culture.” 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 Selena. Highlights: [02:41] Selena’s story [06:32] Standing out as your authentic self [08:40] Overcoming limiting beliefs [11:54] Viewing failure as a redirection [15:41] Learnings from interviews with c-suite women leaders [19:47] How to tap into your motivation [23:29] Leveraging your community and asking for help [28:01] Tips on executing towards your goals [31:15] How to accelerate your success   Quotes: “Stop trying to avoid failure and start viewing your failures as redirections.” - Selena Rezvani “When given a choice, choose to play, you’ll learn more than sitting on the sideline observing.” – Selena Rezvani   About Selena Rezvani: Selena Rezvani is a recognized leadership consultant, speaker and author. Her mission is to help women carve out paths to leadership on their own terms. Selena also uses workplace culture assessments to help clients be more inclusive and welcoming. She promotes her message through presentations to corporate audiences, universities and associations, and at many conferences, including TEDx, LinkedIn, Microsoft, PIMCO, AstraZeneca, Duke, Harvard, Cisco, Pfizer, Princeton, J&J, Comcast, Apple, Society of Women Engineers, and many others. Selena’s the author of two leadership books targeted at professional women – Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012), a bestseller, and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009). Selena’s experience and success in the women and leadership arena make her a frequent resource for news media and an in-demand business speaker. She has been quoted, interviewed and profiled by the LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Oprah.com, ABC, and NBC. She was a regular commentator on NPR’s syndicated The 51% Perspective and wrote an award-winning column on women and leadership for The Washington Post. In 2019, Selena’s TEDx talk on gender bias was recognized with the Croly Journalism award. Today, Selena writes on women and work for Philadelphia Magazine. Selena’s earlier experience includes serving as a Lead within Deloitte’s Greenhouse Experience team, where she taught teams how to foster better diversity and collective intelligence. Selena also led the assessments practice at Washington, DC-based Management Concepts, where she administered and coached clients on personality, leadership, and aptitude measures. Selena has led numerous workplace culture research campaigns and studies on women in the C- suite, millennials, stretch assignments, program managers, and negotiating habits, which were covered by international media. Prior to her 3 years at Management Concepts, Selena worked as a senior member of the consulting team at the Great Place to Work® Institute, the firm best known for ranking Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work® in America list. While at the Institute, Selena consulted widely on issues of organizational change and workforce development, working with Fortune 1,000 and non-profit organizations internationally and across many industries including Monster.com, Novartis Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, Inova Health System, and Brooks Brothers. Client services included focus group facilitation, employee opinion surveys, 360º assessments, leadership workshops, and customized survey assessments. Over the last year, Selena launched five popular courses on leadership with LinkedIn Learning – which have been viewed by over 180,000 learners. She has B.S. and Master of Social Work degrees from New York University, and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Selena lives in Philadelphia with her husband Geoff and 8-year old boy/girl twins.   Links: Website: https://www.selenarezvani.com/ Buy Selena's book: https://www.amazon.com/Pushback-Smart-Women-Ask-Up/dp/1118104900/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/selenarezvani/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/selenarezvani/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/selenarezvani  

    Episode 152: Why Belonging At Work Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 13:36

    At a time when many people are feeling the most intense isolation because of the pandemic, there is one thing that we're all looking for - connection and a sense of belonging. We all have an intrinsic need for a sense of belonging and connection and as the majority of our time is spent at work, it is key that we identity ways to foster an environment where we can bring our authentic selves to work and be the best version of ourselves. In this episode, we're going to discuss community at work, why it's important, how it affects performance, and how you can make communities at work even more powerful. DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTH & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [01:06] Why community at work is important [02:08] Diversity, inclusion, and belonging [04:30] How the sense of belonging affects performance [06:03] Employee Resource Groups [08:58] How ERG leaders can empower the community [10:48] Leveraging your Employee Resource Group   Quotes: “When you are able to be your authentic self at work, it allows you to focus on your work and be more productive.” – Monica Marquez “The best thing an ERG community leader can do is stay plugged in to the community.” – Monica Marquez “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” – Verna Myers   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  

    Episode 151: Unapologetically Ambitious with Fortune 500 Board Member Shellye Archambeau

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 38:53

    Have you ever felt guilty about chasing your dreams? Or fearful of being judged by others for your ambition? Well, you are not alone. Research shows that women are more predisposed to feelings of shame and guilt than men. From a young age, women are conditioned through social norms to believe that putting yourself first and following your dreams is selfish. And these feelings increase when it comes to going after the life of your dreams. Our guest, Shellye Archambeau, will teach you how to shed the fear and guilt, and be unapologetically ambitious. Shellye is one of high tech's first female African-American CEOs and has a track record of accomplishments building brands, high-performance teams, and organizations. Shellye currently serves on the boards of Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, Okta, and two national nonprofits, Catalyst and Braven. She is also a strategic advisor to Forbes Ignite and the President of Arizona State University. She is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms. In this episode, Shellye reveals the mindset, tools and strategies that helped to achieve her dreams. Shellye shares stories from her own journey – the highs and the lows on her way to the top. She also shares her struggle with imposter syndrome and what helps her deal with it – and how you can do the same. Shellye will empower you with the tools to fight your own battles, make the tradeoffs and create the life you want. 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 Shellye.   Highlights: [02:28] Inspiration behind Unapologetically Ambitious [03:29] Sharing lessons through storytelling [05:32] Advice to those who don’t have a plan [08:40] Figuring out your North Star and how you’ll get there [10:31] How imposter syndrome has impacted Shellye [17:31] Evaluating risks and opportunities [20:38] How to let others know you are looking to advance [26:05] Biggest opportunity to prepare for [28:12] Integrating the different parts of our lives [34:36] Finding your cheerleader   Quotes: “Realize that we are responsible for our careers, we own our careers, not the company, not your mentor, not your spouse, or your partner.”– Shellye Archambeau “Your whole life should be about learning. The more you learn, the more you grow, the more you're able to contribute.” – Shellye Archambeau “To pursue your vision, you need to define what you are trying to achieve, what has to be true for it to happen, and what do you need to do in order for it to be true.” – Shellye Archambeau “When chaos is around you, stay focused on what is really important, and let go of the rest so that you can stay on your feet.” – Shellye Archambeau   About Shellye Archambeau: Shellye Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high performance teams, and organizations. Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. She is also a strategic advisor to Forbes Ignite and the President of Arizona State University, and serves on the board of two national nonprofits, Catalyst and Braven. Ms. Archambeau has over 30 years of experience in technology. She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company. During her tenure MetricStream grew from a fledgling startup into a global market leader. She is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms. A book that will inspire you and provide the tools to enable you to fight the battles, make the tradeoffs and create the life you want. She is also a Forbes contributor and the protagonist of the Harvard Business School Case Study: Becoming a CEO. Ms. Archambeau enjoys the performing arts, traveling, cooking and writing a blog that provides career advice, insights and other musings (https://shellye.com).   Links: Website: https://www.shellye.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shellye-archambeau/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShelArchambeau Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shelarchambeau/  

    Episode 150: How To Delegate Effectively

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 20:02

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed, but struggled with the feeling that no one can do the tasks better than you can? Or felt it's going take too long to explain it to someone and will be faster if you just do it yourself? In this episode, we discuss why it’s important to learn to delegate effectively so that you can get past your fear of letting go and focus on the right things. Nikki also shares the steps to effective delegation so can achieve bigger and better results.   DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & BARRIERS TO SUCCESS: Take the free assessment and get your personalized report. Go to https://www.iambeyondbarriers.com/quiz Highlights: [01:03] What is delegation & why people hesitate to do it [02:17] Why it is important to practice delegation [03:19] Determining what to delegate [06:40] Who to consider for tasks when delegating [09:45] Be clear on the outcomes [14:02] Set expectations on checkpoints [17:43] Delegation is not just for the workplace   Quotes: “It becomes easier to practice delegation when you understand why it is important.” – Monica Marquez “Ensure that the right people are in the right roles and are focusing on the right thing.” – 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  

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