Beyond Barriers Podcast

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 Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.

This podcast is co-hosted by Nikki Barua - Digital Innovator, Serial Entrepreneur, Author & Speaker. And Monica Marquez - ex-Googler, Diversity Expert and Senior Corporate Leader. As thought leaders in innovation and inclusion, we bring unique insights on what it takes to turn your barriers into breakthroughs.

In each episode, we interview C-level executives, industry influencers, and business leaders from top corporations. From inspiring stories to cutting-edge strategies, you’ll learn how to develop the skillset, mindset and toolset to accelerate your success.


All Episodes

Episode 52: Overcoming All Odds With Scribe Media CEO JT McCormick (Part 2)

Have you ever hoped for your dreams to come true or wished that you were luckier in life? Well, if you want to succeed, then you must eliminate the words “hope,” “luck,” and “wish” from your vocabulary. That’s the message from JT…

Episode 51: Overcoming All Odds With Scribe Media CEO JT McCormick (Part 1)

Have you ever met someone with such an incredible and inspiring story that makes you realize that you are blessed beyond measure and you have no reason to believe you can’t succeed? Well, we are excited to share with you –in a 2-Part…

Episode 50: Habits & Hacks: How To Apologize When You Offend Someone

These are extraordinary times where our country is going through massive transformation. And that’s never easy – you can’t change if you avoid uncomfortable conversations like those that involve race, diversity, or policies. Because…

Episode 49: Habits & Hacks: Creating A More Inclusive World

Today’s episode is a sensitive one. Our nation is in crisis – from the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives and livelihood, to public protests, rising racial tension, and general unrest throughout the country. There’s so much…

Episode 48: Differentiate Your Hiring Profile with YouTube’s Ricardo Horna

Have you ever wondered what company recruiters look for on your resume or your LinkedIn profile? Or, how much time recruiters actually spend looking for candidates on LinkedIn? In this episode, Ricardo Horna shares his insights and perspectives…

Episode 47: Secrets To Getting A Seat At The Table With Minda Harts

Have you ever experienced a situation where you got invited to a party and with anxious excitement you dress to impress only to walk in and find everyone wearing their favorite superhero costume? Leaving you wondering…wait….how did I NOT…

Episode 46: Habits & Hacks: Honoring Love & Loss On Memorial Day

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a holiday that originated in the years following the Civil War. It was originally known as Decoration Day. In the late 1860s, Americans began holding tributes to fallen soldiers by decorating the…

Episode 45: The Key to Persuasion and Influence with Dr. Nashater Deu Solheim

Have you ever struggled to get traction with some people, where it feels like you’re spinning your wheels and just can’t connect with them? How do you get the results you want if you cannot influence or persuade them? In this episode,…

Episode 44: How To Navigate Difficult Conversations with AmyK Hutchens

There are certain conversations we all dread: the ones in which we have to deliver bad news or constructive feedback, discuss a sensitive or political subject, or talk about a project or meeting that’s gone wrong. In this episode,…