Beyond Barriers Podcast: A Year in Review 2021

Beyond Barriers Podcast: A Year in Review 2021

This is our last podcast episode of 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.


[00:57] Celebrating our 200th 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


“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. Learn more at

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About Monica Marquez:

Monica Marquez is a senior corporate leader, ex-Googler, and diversity expert. Learn more at

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