BEYOND BARRIERS

Beyond Barriers

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 Discover why traditional career strategies are outdated, what skills are growing in demand, and how to stand up and stand out in the workplace.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. read less
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Episode 293: The Cracked Pottery Principle: How Imperfection Drives Authentic Leadership
17-01-2024
Episode 293: The Cracked Pottery Principle: How Imperfection Drives Authentic Leadership
Welcome to today's empowering episode featuring Jackie Morales, the accomplished Chief Operating Officer at Security Benefit. Join our insightful host, Brooke Skinner Ricketts, as she guides us through Jackie's remarkable career journey. Jackie's story highlights the significance of authenticity, calculated risk-taking, and the pursuit of clear career goals. Notably, Jackie defied norms by achieving the role of vice president at the age of 28, all without a formal education. Jackie's narrative serves as a powerful beacon of inspiration, urging listeners to fearlessly pursue their goals. She emphasizes the creation of a supportive and recognition-driven environment for those around us. Through Jackie's unique perspective, this episode celebrates the diverse paths individuals take in their professional journeys. In this engaging episode, you'll discover how to: Unlock career growth and sponsorship opportunities by leveraging your strengths.Recognize the importance of acknowledging contributions and taking credit for achievements.Embrace authenticity in the workplace to foster genuine connections and trust.Cultivate personal and professional growth through continuous learning and development.Make a meaningful impact and give back to your community and organization. Tune in to gain valuable insights that will propel you further and faster in your career journey. For full show notes go to our website.
Episode 292: From Burnout to Breakthrough: One Latina's Journey to Purpose
10-01-2024
Episode 292: From Burnout to Breakthrough: One Latina's Journey to Purpose
Unleash your potential by breaking away from cultural and societal norms alongside our incredible guest, Valeria Aloe. As an accomplished author and fervent advocate for personal development, Valeria brings a wealth of global corporate experience spanning seven countries. Her transformative journey, transitioning from burnout to a purposeful life, provides invaluable insights into challenging societal pressures while courageously embracing our authenticity.  Dive into this inspiring episode to discover the strength in letting go, embrace the power of silence, and reframe narratives that might be holding you back.  In this episode, you will be able to: Embrace personal growth by unlearning cultural and societal beliefs.Overcome self-limiting beliefs and unlock your full potential.Discover the power of self-love for a more fulfilling life.Gain insights into women's empowerment and self-reflection. For full show notes visit our website. About Valeria Aloe Valeria Aloe is the Founder of the Rising Together Movement, a sought-after public speaker, and the award-winning author of Uncolonized Latinas: Transforming Our Mindsets and Rising Together. Valeria's remarkable dedication has earned her an array of prestigious awards, including "Top 100 Latina in the US in 2023," "Top 50 Women in Business in New Jersey in 2020," and "5th Most Influential Hispanic in New Jersey in 2021." Her literary work is equally impressive, with her book claiming the top spot in the non-fiction category at the New York Book Festival, among 16 national and international accolades. Her second book will be published in the Fall of 2024. Valeria holds degrees in Business Administration and Finance from Universidad Catolica Argentina, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a Master in Spiritual Sciences. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Spiritual Sciences.
Episode 291: Navigating Career Transitions: Embracing Risks, Self-Belief, and Family Support
03-01-2024
Episode 291: Navigating Career Transitions: Embracing Risks, Self-Belief, and Family Support
Looking to step into the new year with an empowered and driven approach to your career transition?  Join us as Jennifer Manry, Principal of Corporate Systems at Vanguard, shares invaluable insights that can supercharge your confidence & drive during career transitions. Uncover indispensable tools and strategies designed to infuse purpose and unwavering determination into your professional journey.   With more than two decades as an IT professional, Jennifer embodies a treasure trove of wisdom and insight crucial for career transitions. Her evolution from a mechanical engineer to a key leader in information technology at esteemed financial institutions such as Capital One and Vanguard showcases her remarkable resilience and adaptability. As a prominent female executive in traditionally male-dominated sectors, Jennifer's journey imparts invaluable experiences and lessons, offering a distinctive outlook on embracing risks, fostering self-belief, and the importance of seeking mentorship. Her inspiring narrative not only motivates but also furnishes invaluable guidance for individuals maneuvering through career changes. In this episode, you will be able to: Learn valuable career journey lessons from Jennifer Manry's experiences.Discover the importance of seeking mentors for career advancement.Explore navigational upskilling strategies for career advancement and growth.Uncover effective work-life balance and self-care strategies for a fulfilling career. Highlights: [00:00] Podcast Intro [00:31] Jennifer’s Words of Wisdom [02:12] Career Journey - Pivots & Taking Risks [05:27] Jennifer’s Biggest Inspiration [11:20] Overcoming the Fear of Asking for Help [14:05] Continuous Improvement and Practice [14:59] Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) [15:58] Getting Involved with Women Who Code [18:38] Empowering Daughters and Future Workforce [21:33] Overcoming Self-Promotion Challenges [29:56] Daily Rituals for Productivity [30:50] Managing Inner Monologue [33:54] Work-Life Balance & Personal Refreshment [38:55] Lightning Round Questions Quotes If you fall down, get up, dust yourself off, and keep going. It's the perseverance, the resilience, the willingness to get back up that truly defines success. Jennifer Manry List-making helps me feel like I'm in control of the day and then checking in with myself to see if the inner voices are chatting too much with me. Jennifer Manry on Daily Habits There are always people to learn from, and they're generally very apt to teach you if you ask for help. The willingness to surround yourself with a personal board of directors or personal advisors is what has gotten me through pretty much every step of my career. Jennifer Manry I have this group of humans at home that I care very much about. So I stay grounded by ensuring that I have the right amount of time to do things outside of work that bring me joy. We do a lot of family things. Jennifer Manry Lightening Round Questions Q: What book has greatly influenced you? A: Brave, not Perfect by Reshma Saujani and Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant Q: What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? A: Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again by Nelson Mandela Q: What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? A: Change Agent and Continuous Improver Q: What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? A: Inner monologue questioning Q: What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? A: Levels by Avicii About Jennifer Manry As Principal of Corporate Systems at Vanguard, Jennifer leads a team that builds and runs the technology that powers Vanguard’s enterprise-wide operations, including Human Resources, Legal, Risk, Marketing, and Communications. She’s also responsible for supporting technology needs of Vanguard crew (employees) so they can fulfill on the firm’s mission of giving investors the best chance for investment success. Jennifer is also passionate about finding ways to support and empower women to consider careers in STEM fields, and currently serves as Board Chair of Women Who Code, a nonprofit organization focused on building diversity in tech and empowering generations of female engineers to succeed.  Prior to Vanguard, Jennifer was the Vice President of the Global Industry Solutions group at VMware where she was responsible for defining VMWare’s global industry strategy and creating industry-specific solutions across the Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, and Government industries.  Before VMware, Jennifer held executive leadership positions at both Bank of America and Capital One.  Jennifer was the CIO and Managing Director of Employee Technology & Employee Experience at Bank of America where she was responsible for the technology used by over 200K+ employees, globally. In addition to those responsibilities, Jennifer lead both the Global Human Resources and Chief Administrative Office technology teams. At Capital One,  Jennifer served as Managing Vice President - End User Computing, Digital Workplace, and Identity & Access Management where she drove the transformation of the employee experience, creating a contemporary, digital workplace based on consumer- grade technology at enterprise scale. Jennifer has also held technology leadership positions at GE and Genworth Financial.  She earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. LinkedIn  Women Who Code Vanguard
Episode 290: 2023 | The 5 C’s: Reflecting on a Year of Transformative Insights
28-12-2023
Episode 290: 2023 | The 5 C’s: Reflecting on a Year of Transformative Insights
Welcome to our final podcast episode of 2023! Get ready to dive into the world of career growth and personal development with Beyond Barriers. Join us as we reflect on the past year and set intentions for the future. With nearly 300 episodes under our belt, we're thrilled to culminate this year by revisiting the most inspiring moments and wisdom shared by these remarkable individuals. In this special episode, all three hosts unite to reminisce, share laughter, and highlight the profound wisdom imparted by some of the most brilliant minds in the business world about the "5 C’s” rooted in our momentum metric..  Clarity, Courage, Commitment, Conviction and Community are the core categories in our career fitness platform that are used to measure and accelerate success, understand what's holding you back and know where to focus your efforts.  As we bid farewell to this year, the Beyond Barriers team extends heartfelt New Year wishes to you! Your support has been instrumental in fostering our global community, and for that, we are immensely grateful.  Take our Momentum Metric Quiz to uncover your strengths and explore the barriers to your success.  Highlights [00:00] Intro and Purpose Our Podcast [02:09] More Pie for Everyone [06:45] Clarity - Importance of Telling Your Story [11:10] Courage - Stand up and be counted [18:15] Conviction - Become Future Readiness [22:09] Commitment - Frameworks that work [26:45] Community - Leverage for Growth [31:39] Anchor Words for 2024 Notable Quotes I think that it's very interesting to me how few people know how to tell their stories. And it's really important. Anna Kelch on Clarity, Episode 285 We have to stand up and be counted. Jennifer Brown on Courage, Episode 246 When you adopt a growth mindset, you can't lose. You just learn. Krista Satterthwaite on Conviction, Episode 252 Having an accountability partner to make sure that you stay the course is critical. Iliana Quiñones on Commitment, Episode 282 I learned along the way that nobody does it on their own. Erika Irish Brown on Community, Episode 270 About 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 About Nikki Barua: Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author, and 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 Brooke Skinner Ricketts Brooke Skinner Ricketts is the Power Generator – Transforming Possibility into Performance. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brookericketts Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brookerules/
Episode 289: The Art of Prioritization: A Productivity Playbook
20-12-2023
Episode 289: The Art of Prioritization: A Productivity Playbook
Embark on a three-decade journey of professional growth and resilience as Hanneke Smits takes us through her incredible career in a male-dominated field while prioritizing what matters most to her along the way. She emphasizes the role of self-reflection, learning new things, seeking diverse perspectives, and utilizing both mentors and sponsors. These elements, combined with the tenacity to overcome hurdles, teaches us what is possible in career trajectory and achieving leadership roles. In this episode, you’ll find tips in: Mastering the Art of Navigating Male-Dominated Industries: Learning how to thrive and excel in traditionally male-dominated workplaces as a woman.Elevating Your Career with Mentorship and Sponsorship: Unlocking the secrets to accelerating your professional growth through the power of mentorship and sponsorship.Unleashing Transferable Skills for Career Development: Discovering how to leverage your existing skills to pivot and succeed in new career paths.Embracing Self-Reflection for Personal Growth: Exploring the transformative potential of self-reflection in achieving personal and professional growth.Unveiling Time Management and Productivity Strategies: Uncovering effective strategies to maximize your productivity and time management skills for career advancement. Highlights: [00:03] Introduction [00:35] A Reflection by Hanneke [01:48] Meet Hanneke Smits [04:11] Foundation of Success [10:12] Navigating a Male-Dominated Industry [16:01] Mastery of Skills and Learning from Mistakes [18:17] Leveraging Strengths for Effectiveness [23:50] Embracing Feedback and Learning from Mistakes [29:05] Taking a Career Break and Finding Clarity [29:50] Self-Reflection and Identifying the Next North Star [35:00] Lightning Round Questions Quotes: Being ruthless about calendar management can be very freeing. Learn to say no as much as you say yes. - Hanneke Smits Feedback is a gift. - Hanneke Smits Thinking through the transferability of the aspects of your skills is critical when you get to a fork in the road. It’s how you build on from what you’ve learned. - Hanneke Smits Lightning Round Questions: Q: What book has greatly influenced you? A: Snow Windows and Travelers in the Third Reich (not favorites but current reads) Q: What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? A: Feedback is a gift. Q: What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? A: Direct Truth Teller Q: What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? A: Being ruthless about calendar management. Q: What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? A: Saturday Night Fever. About Hanneke Smits: Hanneke Smits is Senior Executive Vice President and Global Head of Investment Management and a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee. With over 30 years of investment experience, Hanneke was previously CEO of Newton Investment Management, a BNY Mellon Investment Management firm, from 2016 to 2020. Prior to Newton, she served on the Executive Committee at private equity firm Adams Street Partners from 2001 to 2014, having been Chief Investment Officer from 2008 to 2014. She joined Adams Street in 1997 to build out its global investment capabilities, and successfully launched its presence in Europe and Asia. Before joining Adams Street, she was an investment manager at Pantheon Ventures, and worked for Philips China Hong Kong Group.  Hanneke is the Global Chair of the 30% Club, a role she assumed in February 2023. Additionally, Hanneke is the Executive Sponsor for PRISM, BNY Mellon’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and serves as Chair of Impetus, a venture philanthropy organization which backs charities to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. As part of her role with Impetus, she is Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), founded in 2011 by The Sutton Trust in partnership with Impetus. Hanneke was also a Non-Executive Director to the Court of the Bank of England, and a co-founder and first Chair of Level 20, a not-for-profit organization set up in 2015 to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry. Originally from the Netherlands, Hanneke has a BBA from Nijenrode University and an MBA from the London Business School. LinkedIn Website
Episode 288: Changing the Narrative & Challenging Business Misconceptions
13-12-2023
Episode 288: Changing the Narrative & Challenging Business Misconceptions
Does this sound familiar? You've been told to simply work harder and longer hours to achieve success in your business. But despite your efforts, you're still struggling to challenge misconceptions and create change in your industry. This ineffective action might leave you feeling frustrated and stuck, unable to make the impact you desire. It's time to break free from this cycle and discover the power of storytelling to overcome misconceptions and change perceptions, paving the way for meaningful transformation in your business. Prepare to be captivated as we introduce the visionary force behind We Are Rosie, Stephanie Nadi Olson, whose innovative prowess as the Founder and CEO has woven a tapestry of possibilities in the realm of flexible talent. The We Are Rosie platform connects over 25,000 marketing freelancers to project-based work with renowned brands such as Microsoft and Delta. Get ready to delve into the vibrant world she has crafted at the intersection of talent and pioneering brands. In this episode, you will be able to:Challenge and overcome misconceptions about freelance talent to elevate your business.Harness the power of storytelling in business to captivate and connect with your audience.Learn the art of building relationships for entrepreneurial success and long-term growth.Discover the impact of leveraging networks for personal and professional advancement in the business world. Stephanie shares a compelling journey of resilience and determination that began in her childhood. It reflects a profound understanding of the complexities of inequality and a steadfast commitment to challenging societal norms. Stephanie's compelling story serves as a testament to the transformative power of storytelling in dismantling misconceptions and fostering impactful change. Visit https://www.gobeyondbarriers.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 Stephanie. Highlights [00:00] Introduction to Beyond Barriers podcast [00:35] Powerful Quote from Stephanie [02:03] Early Life and Competitive Spirit [04:31] Aware of the haves and have-nots from an early age [06:09] Observing Resource Distribution [11:26] Birth of We Are Rosie [15:49] Overcoming Resistance to New Ideas [22:13] Celebrating Small Wins [25:06] Bootstrapping and Sacrifices [28:31] Impact of COVID-19 [31:13] Balancing Work and Personal Life [31:51] Embracing Seasonal Changes in Life and Work [32:39] Building a Supportive Network [36:45] Building Influential Relationships [40:09] Lightning Round Questions [42:42] Stephanie's Parting Words of Wisdom Quotes I set out to build a better way to work. - Stephanie Nadi Olson I realized that there were a lot of people that were being underestimated and marginalized within the marketing industry, and I set out to build a better way to work and a way to allow people to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of what's happening in their life. - Stephanie Nadi Olson I personified the Rosies, which is what we call our freelance talent, and I did it through storytelling, which I think is so powerful when you're trying to create change.  -Stephanie Nadi Olson I love helping people who are overlooked, underestimated, and marginalized. Those were the moments that I was just in love with life. - Stephanie Nadi Olson The difference between you and the people that are achieving all their dreams is that they just went for it. – Stephanie Nadi Olson Lightning Round Questions Q: What book has greatly influenced you? A: “Discovering Your Strengths” by Donald O. Clifton and Marcus Buckingham Q: What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? A: I had to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you wouldn't have moved. Q: What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? A: Restless Q: What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? A: I moved to the country. Q: What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? A: “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton About Stephanie Nadi Olson Stephanie Nadi Olson is an innovator and disruptor, aiming to change the world's perspective on the future of work and what it means to be inclusive in the workplace. Olson, a former advertising executive, founded We Are Rosie in 2018, before the pandemic made remote and flexible work mainstream. She was the company's CEO from 2018 - 2022, overseeing its rapid growth and influence. In January, 2023, Olson moved to Executive Chair of the Board of Directors to focus on propelling We Are Rosie's mission and forecasting what's next while leading the Board of Directors. During her advertising career, Olson worked with big brands and major tech companies, including Microsoft and AOL, as well as start-ups. She developed a unique 360-degree view of industry practices and saw the need for transformation. Olson used this insight to create the foundation for We Are Rosie, a human-centered approach to marketing that celebrates diversity and facilitates work-life harmony, while creating access, opportunity and wealth for those who choose a flexible career path. In less than five years, We Are Rosie now works with more than 25 Fortune 500 brands, including Microsoft, Meta, IBM and Bumble, as well as all six major advertising holding companies. Its community of marketing talent (aka Rosies) currently stands at more than 20,000 and its reach is felt in all corners of the marketing world. Last year, Olson was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement and was an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Southeast Award winner. She was named to the Forbes Future of Work 50 list, was one of Atlanta Magazine's 2022 Women Making a Mark and was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle's Most Admired CEOs. In addition, she was named a 2022 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellow. In 2021, she was named to the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women class. In addition, Olson was named AdAge Visionary of the Year 2020, was recognized by Adweek in the 2020 Creative 100, was named World Changing Woman 2020 by Conscious Company, and was awarded Global Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 by the Stevie Awards. We Are Rosie was recently ranked #232 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies. For more information visit www.wearerosie.com. How to connect with Stephanie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/snadi/ Website: https://www.wearerosie.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanieNOlson
Episode 287: Explore the Transformative Power of Discomfort and Change
06-12-2023
Episode 287: Explore the Transformative Power of Discomfort and Change
In a world filled with uncertainty, Linda Gibson's journey proves that embracing comfort can unlock extraordinary possibilities. From a math major questioning her career path; to the unexpected twist that led her to become the CEO of an asset management firm, Linda's story is a testament to the power of taking leaps. Brace yourself as we dive into the captivating tale of Linda's relentless pursuit of growth and the surprising turn of events that would redefine her professional trajectory. In this episode, you will be able to: Unleash your potential by embracing change and seizing opportunities in your professional life.Discover the power of emotional intelligence and how it can enhance your success in the tech-driven world.Navigate the challenges and maximize the benefits of hybrid work environments through effective video communication.Unlock new possibilities and reimagine your career development strategies for the new age of work. Over the years, Linda took calculated risks and explored new avenues, ultimately rising to the position of Chairman and CEO at PGIM Quantitative Solutions. Her diverse experiences and willingness to take risks have not only led to her own personal growth and success, but also serve as an inspiration for professionals seeking their own path to growth. Get ready to be inspired by Linda's incredible journey on this episode of Beyond Barriers Podcast. Highlights: [00:00] Introduction to Beyond Barriers podcast [01:53] Meet Linda Gibson [03:15] Taking Risks and Seizing Opportunities [05:14] Gaining Confidence through Challenging Experiences [08:07] Building a Diverse Resume and Seeking Growth [14:27] Embracing New Opportunities [15:01] Recognizing the Right Opportunity [17:46] Recognizing Unique Value Proposition [21:31] Embracing Change and Opportunity [28:31] The Power of Compassionate Conversations [30:04] Embracing Authenticity and Soft Skills [34:02] Embracing Technology and Building Relationships [37:48] The Future of Work and Hybrid Models [40:12] Benefits and Challenges of Hybrid Work [44:02] Building Social Capital and Advocacy in the Workplace [44:57] Lightning round questions Quotes: “Push yourself, get a little uncomfortable, embrace the discomfort.” – Linda Gibson “Change breeds opportunity.” – Linda Gibson “A lot of my success I attribute to EQ vs. IQ.” – Linda Gibson  “Even if you don't feel you're ready, raise your hand, take the risk and leap into that.” -Linda Gibson “You don't always have to master something before you jump into it. Take the opportunity, even if you're not sure if you'll be good at it, and surprise yourself. “ - Linda Gibson Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - “No Bullshit Leadership” by Martin G. Moore What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - “Everything happens for a reason.” What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - Even-tempered. What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - Prioritizing relaxation and sleep. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys and “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy About Linda Gibson: Linda Gibson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PGIM Quantitative Solutions LLC. Linda was previously Managing Director and Chief Business Officer for PGIM Quant Solutions. In this capacity, she oversaw finance, business planning and management, strategic intelligence, project management, ESG governance, human resources, operational risk and cross-functional initiatives with the broader legal and compliance team under the PGIM umbrella. Prior to joining PGIM Quant Solutions, she served as Executive Vice President and Head of Global Distribution at OMAM, now Brightsphere Investment Group (“BSIG”). In prior roles at BSIG, she held various executive positions including Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Head of Affiliate Management and General Counsel.  Prior to working at BSIG, Linda served as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel of Signature Financial Group, Inc. Linda holds a BA in mathematics from Bates College and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-gibson/ Website: https://www.pgimquantitativesolutions.com/
Episode 286: Crack the Code of Career Success with Joanna Welsh, Chief Risk Officer at Citadel
29-11-2023
Episode 286: Crack the Code of Career Success with Joanna Welsh, Chief Risk Officer at Citadel
Have you ever stumbled upon your true calling in the most unexpected way? Meet our guest Joanna Welsh, who shares how she found her passion in risk management, all while starting out in the world of molecular biology and genetic engineering. Her story is a testament to the power of serendipity and the importance of being open to unexpected twists in our career paths. Joanna proves that sometimes the best fit is found where you least expect it. Today, Joanna Welsh is the Chief Risk Officer at Citadel and also chairs the firm’s Portfolio Committee advising on risk tolerance levels for the strategies, businesses and funds. Joanna highlights the importance of finding the right fit in terms of people and culture. She emphasizes the significance of not settling for a place that doesn't align with your goals and values, and encourages us to seek environments where you can work with the best people in your field. Whether you're navigating your career or looking for ways to advance in your profession, Joanna's insights on taking risks and continuously learning from experiences will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace new opportunities. Tune in to this episode and discover how finding the right fit can lead to greater success and fulfillment. Visit https://www.gobeyondbarriers.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 Joanna. Highlights: [02:47] Joanna’s career path [06:23] Advice for overcoming roadblocks [10:00] Taking risks [12:40] Surrounding yourself with the best people [14:49] Pushing yourself as your role expands [19:19] What Joanna focused on with her risk management team [24:35] Returning to work at the office [27:17] Work/life balance [30:44] Joanna’s philosophy on relationships and networks [36:13] Citadel’s move to Miami [39:13] Advice for ambitious women wanting to advance their careers [41:04] Lightning round questions Quotes: “Don’t underestimate the power of being around the best people in your field.” – Joanna Welsh “I’d rather be the nth best person on a team of superstars than the star person on an okay team.” – Joanna Welsh “As the risk manager, the more eyes you can put on things that you’re doing, the better.” – Joanna Welsh Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - “The Double Helix” by James D. Watson What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - “If you don’t have time to do it right, when are you going to have time to do it over?” What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - Impatient What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - I love schedules, routines, and preparing. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC About Joanna Welsh: Joanna Welsh is Chief Risk Officer at Citadel. Joanna chairs Citadel’s Portfolio Committee and advises in determining risk tolerance levels for the strategies, businesses, and the funds as a whole. Prior to joining Citadel, Joanna was at Tudor Investment Corporation for 15 years, most recently serving as Chief Risk Officer. With more than 20 years of experience in financial services and risk management, she also held senior risk positions at Commerzbank and Nomura. Joanna began her career in the Financial Services division of Andersen Consulting. Joanna received a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Oxford University. Links: Website: https://www.citadel.com/our-teams/leadership/joanna-welsh/
Episode 285: The Art of Values Alignment: A Guide for Hiring Managers and Candidates - with Anna Kelch
15-11-2023
Episode 285: The Art of Values Alignment: A Guide for Hiring Managers and Candidates - with Anna Kelch
Does this sound familiar? You've been told that hiring candidates solely based on their qualifications and skills will result in a successful team. But despite following this advice, you're still experiencing a lack of cohesion and productivity. The pain of investing time and resources into recruitment, only to realize that the values of your new hires don't align with your company's culture, is all too real. On this episode of the Beyond Barriers Podcast, Brooke Skinner Ricketts welcomes a highly respected Executive Recruiter, Entrepreneur and CEO, Anna Kelch. With an extensive background in executive search, Anna is the leader of the global technology practice at SRI. Her expertise enables her to provide invaluable insights and strategies for hiring managers and candidates, seeking to improve values alignment. Visit https://www.gobeyondbarriers.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:  [03:00] Anna’s background and path to her career and lessons learn [10:29] Finding the right person for a role [12:02] Incorporating diversity [17:18] Opportunities for women [21:14] Telling your story and negotiation [27:00] Sharing about your life with your employers [32:27] Leveraging your relationships [42:16] Competition among women [42:40] What Anna advised her own kids in their job searches [45:16] Sending a thank you note [48:55] Doing your homework before sending a resume [52:33] Lightning round questions Quotes: “A company’s culture, who you work for, how you’re supported, makes a huge difference in a company’s ability to keep talent.” – Anna Kelch “You’ve got to figure out how to stand out, and that means you have to tell your story.” – Anna Kelch “Networking is not transactional.” – Anna Kelch Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - Connector What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - I stopped saying sorry so much. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys (or anything by Bruce Springsteen) About Anna Kelch: Anna leads the Global Technology Practice at SRI which exists to serve all companies where technology and transformation are critical to their business mission. She is an accomplished search consultant with over 25 years of experience and a reputation for recruiting hard to find talent for consumer, enterprise, and private equity clients in digital media, information services, SaaS, AI, e-commerce and data & analytics. She is strategic, unbiased, and personally invested in every search focused on delivering best-in-class talent. Clients and candidates value Anna’s counsel and view her as a trusted advisor versus a search vendor. Prior to search, Anna served in sales, marketing and management roles in publishing, digital media, and educational technology with companies including Meredith Corporation, Bertelsmann’s Gruner & Jahr, and Whittle Communications. A supporter of children, education, and the fine arts, she served on the board for Steppenwolf Theatre and Urban Gateways. She is a veteran in the search world yet remains committed to finding new ways to make search better, faster, and more fulfilling for both clients and candidates. Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-mccormick-kelch/ https://sriexecutive.com/
Episode 284: Unleashing the Power of Brain Science with Dr. Britt Andreatta
01-11-2023
Episode 284: Unleashing the Power of Brain Science with Dr. Britt Andreatta
In a world where productivity and fulfillment seem elusive, one woman took an unconventional path to unlocking their secrets. From academia to neuroscience, Dr. Britt Andreatta delved deep into the mysteries of the brain, uncovering a remarkable twist that would change everything. From her early days as a university program director to her former role as the Chief Learning Officer at Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning), she has continuously pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the field of education. Her latest book, Wired to Become, delves into the fascinating connection between happiness and purpose, offering practical insights for individuals seeking fulfillment in their work. As an esteemed author, speaker, and consultant, Dr. Andreatta's brain-based training methods have revolutionized the way companies and individuals approach productivity and personal growth. Get ready to be inspired as Dr. Andreatta shares her wealth of knowledge and experience on leveraging brain science for enhanced productivity. Visit https://www.gobeyondbarriers.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. Andreatta. Highlights: [03:05] Britt’s journey to her current role [05:58] The difference between happiness and purpose [09:40] Finding meaning in work [13:15] Common paradoxes about meaning [17:01] How to thrive through change [18:35] The benefits of mindfulness [20:18] Hacks for mindfulness [22:24] Fulfilling your potential [25:06] How managers can create more meaning for their employees [33:28] Lightning round questions Quotes: “All great leaders are great learners.” – Dr. Britt Andreatta “When people are really hooked into their purpose, one of the challenges is boundary management.” – Dr. Britt Andreatta “Change at work oftentimes triggers a lot of our survival or reactionary responses because it messes with our world.” – Dr. Britt Andreatta Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - Books by Raj Sisodia, Brené Brown, Amy Edmondson, and Richard Davidson What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world, in fact it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead) What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - Facilitator What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - I started using PowerPoint for all of my thinking. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “Girl of Fire” by Alicia Keys About Dr. Britt Andreatta: Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader who uses her background in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, and education to create science-based solutions for today's workplace challenges. Britt is the former CLO for Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning) and has over 10 million views worldwide of her online courses. She regularly consults with organizations on leadership development and learning strategy. Britt is the author of several books on the brain science of success including Wired to Grow, Wired to Resist, and Wired to Connect. In 2022, she was named a Top 10 Influencer in Learning. In 2021, she was a Top 20 Learning Influencer and a Top 20 HR Influencer for Leadership Development. Links: Website: https://www.brittandreatta.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittandreatta/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brittandreatta/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrittAndreatta YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtNYXMSRcXYbQ7wueIkFXrA
Episode 283: Understanding Imposter Syndrome: Strategies for Becoming a Humble Realist TM with Expert Dr. Valerie Young
25-10-2023
Episode 283: Understanding Imposter Syndrome: Strategies for Becoming a Humble Realist TM with Expert Dr. Valerie Young
Are you tired of feeling like an imposter, questioning your abilities, and holding unrealistic expectations? Do you have these myths floating in your head, like - Everyone else has it all figured out, Success means never doubting yourself, and Competence requires perfection? In this episode, our guest expert, Dr. Valerie Young, co-founder of the Impostor Syndrome Institute, will debunk these myths and share the truth about building realistic expectations and accepting self-doubt. Dr. Young is widely considered the leading thought leader on impostor syndrome and its impact on individuals' lives. Her expertise and insights have made her a highly sought-after speaker and author, and she continues to make significant contributions in the field. Through her work, Dr. Young discovered that at the core of impostor feelings lies the presence of unrealistic and unsustainable expectations about competence. Armed with this knowledge, she embarked on a mission to help individuals recognize and challenge these beliefs, ultimately empowering them to overcome self-doubt and embrace their true capabilities. Whether you struggle with imposter syndrome or know someone who does, this episode is a must-listen. Dr. Young's wisdom and guidance will help you gain self-awareness, build realistic expectations, and navigate the challenges of impostor syndrome. So grab your headphones and get ready to be inspired and empowered. Visit www.gobeyondbarriers.com, where you will find show notes and links to all the resources referenced in this episode, including the best way to get in touch with Dr. Valerie Young. Highlights: 00:01:00 - Dr. Young's Journey 00:07:08 - Overcoming Fears and Limiting Beliefs 00:10:05 - Becoming a Humble Realist 00:14:38 - Competence Types 00:17:08 - Overcoming Impostor Syndrome 00:18:59 - Perspective on Competence 00:21:10 - Feedback and Failure 00:28:35 - Imposter Syndrome and Women Supporting Women 00:42:35 - Staying in Contact and Following Dr. Young Quotes: Don't wait until everything is perfect. Half-ass is better than no-ass. Get version one out the door and course-correct along the way. - Valerie Young Recognize that people who don't feel like imposters are not any more intelligent or competent than the rest of us. They just have a realistic understanding of what it means to be competent. - Valerie Young The only way to stop feeling like an imposter is to stop thinking like an imposter and become a humble realist. - Valerie Young Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? ● “Making a Living Without a Job” by Barbara Winter and “Games Mother Never Taught You” by Betty Lehan Harragan What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? ● “Being realistic is the most traveled road to mediocrity.” – Will Smith What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? ● Determined What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? ● Recognizing and wanting to have control of my life to the degree possible. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? ● “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys About Valerie Young: Dr. Valerie Young is co-founder of the Impostor Syndrome Institute. Widely considered the leading thought leader on impostor syndrome, she has spoken at over 100 colleges and universities including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Wharton, and Oxford’s Said business school. A former manager at a Fortune 200 company herself, she’s also shared her highly relatable and practical advice at such diverse organizations as Pfizer, Google, Boeing, P&G, Siemens, Space Telescope Science Institute, Intel, BP, YUM Brands, Microsoft, JP Morgan, Federal Reserve of Kansas City, Diageo, Trane, Molson Coors, NASA, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Basketball Association to name a few. Valerie’s work has been cited around the world in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Science, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Irish Independent, Sydney Morning Herald, Globe & Mail, on BBC radio and the Ten Percent Happier podcast. She’s author of the award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: And Men, Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It with Crown Business, published in six languages and is a contributor to an upcoming book on impostor phenomenon published by the American Psychological Association. Valerie earned her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied internal barriers to women’s achievement. Although her research subjects consisted of a racially diverse group of professional women, much of her original findings have proved directly applicable to anyone with impostor feelings. Links: Website: https://impostorsyndrome.com/valerie-young/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerieyoung/
Episode 282: Reframing Success: How Iliana Quinonez Transformed Challenges into Triumphs
12-10-2023
Episode 282: Reframing Success: How Iliana Quinonez Transformed Challenges into Triumphs
Iliana Quinonez boasts an impressive track record in the tech industry, having amassed over 25 years of trailblazing experiences. Showing remarkable leadership, she has helmed teams of engineers, distinguishing herself in the realm of solution engineering and stewarding software companies towards success and earning the award and title of Latina Trailblazer in Tech. Iliana is indeed a tech powerhouse and the epitome of resilience. Iliana recently embarked on a fresh venture — the inception of her own consulting company. With a critical spotlight on advocating for Latinx women and underrepresented minorities, her firm offers catalytic startup services designed to fast-track their entrepreneurial and career trajectories. However, Iliana's accomplishments aren't solely confined to the professional sphere. She embodies the virtues of personal resilience and determination, as exemplified by her battle with a serious health crisis. Iliana had to face a health challenge that necessitated a complex and delicate brain surgery. But Iliana didn't merely survive this ordeal; she emerged stronger and more determined than ever. It's a powerful testament to her positive mindset and the ability to reframe challenging circumstances into unique opportunities for personal growth and evolution. Iliana's journey reflects the boundless opportunities that emerge from embracing life's changes head-on and taking thoughtful, calculated risks. Her wealth of wisdom and experience makes her an invaluable mentor to women within the high tech industry and beyond. Let Iliana's inspiring story encourage you to view obstacles as opportunities, just as she did. Get ready to be inspired and remember: every challenge can open up a new path to success. Visit https://www.gobeyondbarriers.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 Iliana. Highlights: [00:03] Meet Iliana Quinonez [00:10] Career Pivot [01:05] Personal Health Challenges and Resilience [08:37] Positive Attitude and Support [13:38] Balancing Personal Life and Transition [14:10] Building a Network and Seeking Guidance [18:31] Trial and Error and Continuous Growth [19:48] Overcoming Self-Doubt [24:11] Helping Startups with Their Value Proposition [31:31] Lightning round questions Quotes: By reframing challenges as opportunities, we can create impactful change and accelerate our path to success. - Iliana Quinonez Life is full of challenges and taking risks, but with resilience and the support of relationships, we can overcome anything. - Iliana Quinonez In the face of unexpected obstacles, it's important to educate ourselves, make the unknown known, and take risks for our own well-being and growth. - Iliana Quinonez Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - “People will forget a lot of things you do or say, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou and “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” by Eleanor Roosevelt What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - Impact What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - Don’t take no for an answer (Winston Churchill) and creating VLM (valuable life moments). What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “La vida es un carnaval” by Celia Cruz and “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac About Iliana Quinonez: ILIANA QUINONEZ - CEO and Founder, IQ Accelerate Iliana is a Latina Trailblazer in Tech. She is an IT Executive and Certified Executive Coach with more than twenty years of experience in the high-tech industry working across three different continents. Her experience includes leadership roles and coaching and mentoring practice in Solutions Engineering, GTM, Business Development, Product Management and Consulting. She has worked at Enterprise Software companies and startups including Salesforce, SAP, BEA systems, Informix Software, Magnet Systems and BDNA Corporation. She has experienced great IPO exits as well as startups pivoting and changing paths which has provided her the insights and empathy she uses to advise and coach startup founders, early-stage teams and high-tech professionals. Her most recent corporate role at Salesforce was VP Solutions Engineering, leading the team that supported the Travel, Transportation and Hospitality Industries. Iliana is a strong advocate for DEI and an active mentor in her communities. She has held Board Seats at organizations like Upwardly Global (helping immigrant professionals rebuild their careers in the US) and MENTOR California (helping bridge the youth mentoring gap in the state). She holds a BSc in Computer Science from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and is a certified Beyond Barriers Coach specialized in women leaders. She is a frequent podcast guest and speaker at events highlighting the importance of Women Leadership, Latinas in Tech, Women in STEM, Latinx Startups and DEI. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two daughters. Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iliana-quinonez-34794/
Episode 281: From Fashion to Philanthropy: An Inspiring Career Transition - Paula Schneider, President & CEO of Susan G. Komen®
04-10-2023
Episode 281: From Fashion to Philanthropy: An Inspiring Career Transition - Paula Schneider, President & CEO of Susan G. Komen®
Paula Schneider is a highly accomplished leader with a remarkable career spanning over three decades in the fashion industry. She has held prestigious positions such as CEO of American Apparel, as well as leadership roles at renowned brands like BCBG and Speedo. However, Paula's journey took an unexpected turn when she transitioned into the nonprofit sector as the CEO of Susan G. Komen. What sets her apart is her personal connection to the cause, having battled breast cancer herself. This firsthand experience fuels her passion and drives her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Paula's expertise in strategic leadership and her ability to navigate complex challenges have been instrumental in her successful transition into the nonprofit world. Her story serves as an inspiration for individuals considering a career transition, showcasing the power of following one's passion and finding purpose in meaningful work. Visit https://www.gobeyondbarriers.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 Paula. Highlights: [02:19] Paula’s background [10:47] C Suite retail to C Suite nonprofit [17:42] Moving forward despite uncertainty [21:16] When fires are all around you [22:46] Making decisions and what to do when things go sideways [24:17] How Susan G. Komen® dealt with COVID [28:25] The importance of knowing your financials [33:27] Not measuring up when under new management [35:23] Lightning round questions Quotes: “All the work that I do is illustrative of finding a cure so that my daughters don't have to go through this.” - Paula Schneider “I couldn’t care less if I sold one more pair of jeans to Bloomingdale's. I wanted to do something that was more meaningful.” - Paula Schneider “Women underestimate their abilities to problem-solve and figure things out. We need to believe in ourselves and bring our expertise to the table.” - Paula Schneider “People are really happy when they are accountable and understand what they are accountable for.” - Paula Schneider “The P&L guides all.” – Paula Schneider “When you are in a turnaround, you don’t have time to make decisions.” - Paula Schneider Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - “The Paris Daughter” by Kristin Harmel (all books by this author) What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - “Don’t sweat the small stuff” What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - Instigator What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - Finding joy in every day. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang About Paula Schneider: Paula Schneider is president and CEO of Susan G. Komen®, where she is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the world’s leading breast cancer organization. Komen has made more than $3.5 billion in investments in breast cancer research, advocacy and patient support since its founding in 1982, helping reduce the breast cancer mortality rate by 42%. As a breast cancer survivor herself, and having lost her mother to metastatic breast cancer, Schneider’s work is personal as she brings a unique combination of business expertise and real-world perspective to Komen’s mission as CEO. Paula led Komen through an enterprise-wide restructuring, transforming Komen’s national network of independent local affiliate organizations into a single, united entity, leveraging shared operational functions while maintaining local development and mission teams across the country. Under her leadership, Komen today serves as a trusted health care guide, providing millions of people with safe, accurate, evidence-based information and education—as well as direct patient support services including financial assistance, patient navigation services, emotional support and resources. Komen also remains focused on accelerating breakthroughs for the most aggressive and deadly breast cancers, and eliminating breast cancer disparities through focused interventions that break down the barriers for Black people across the country. Schneider is widely regarded as a business expert in organizational management and finance. Prior to Komen, she served as CEO of American Apparel, where she navigated one of the most notable turnarounds in the retail sector. She previously served as President of the Warnaco Swimwear Group, the largest swimwear company in the world, with brands such as Speedo and Calvin Klein. Schneider is a sought-after public speaker on issues of women’s health and empowerment. She has been featured at such thought leadership events such as Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Forum and Yahoo Finance. She has served as a spokeswoman for the Liz Claiborne Company and its crusade to eradicate abuse against women, and is currently a member of C200, the preeminent global organization for the advancement of women business leaders. Links: Website: https://www.komen.org/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-schneider-6322661a/
Episode 280: Owning Your Destiny with Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of Girls With Impact
27-09-2023
Episode 280: Owning Your Destiny with Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of Girls With Impact
Early experiences often shape our entire lives. The inspiring story of our guest - Jennifer Openshaw - shows what’s possible to achieve when you choose to own your destiny. Being a child of divorce and watching her mother struggle as a single mom to make ends meet shaped Jennifer’s entire career journey. Her first “real” job was working as a maid in a motel while her mother worked two full-time jobs as a waitress to support the family. At an early age, she decided to make it on her own and to make a big impact. Now as CEO of Girls With Impact, the nation’s leading business education program for young women, she empowers women all around the world with the business and tech skills to become future leaders. Jennifer’s story illustrates the power of vision, determination and tenacity in your pursuits. She achieved her ambitions by looking at how other people got to where they are and always surrounding herself with a community of next level peers. She has broken barriers and paved the way for others to follow.  Visit gobeyondbarriers.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: [02:18] What shaped Jennifer’s young life [04:19] Jennifer’s young career choices [08:05] Pursuing passions or pursuing money [14:44] Looking for opportunities [15:57] Dealing with fear of rejection or failure [18:17] Lessons learned as an entrepreneur [24:09] Gen Z in the workforce and the benefit of failing [27:36] Ready for the “what if” [30:05] Women when it comes to finances [32:14] About Girls With Impact [34:56] Taking her mission to the next level [43:57] Companies attracting entrepreneurs and Gen Z [49:21] Lightning round questions Quotes: “Sometimes the way to move up is to move out.” – Jennifer Openshaw “I’m a believer in not taking a leap until you know what you’re leaping to.” – Jennifer Openshaw “It shows people something when you’re willing to raise your hand.” – Jennifer Openshaw Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - "If there’s a will there’s a way.” And “The answer will reveal itself.” What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - What leapfrog move can take you to where you want to go? What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - Being grateful every day. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross. About Jennifer Openshaw: Jennifer Openshaw – called “one of the most outspoken proponents for empowering women to control their financial lives” by CBS MarketWatch – is CEO of Girls With Impact, the nation’s leading business education program for young women. Her expertise and national reputation as a financial innovator have made her a valuable ally in the media – from “Oprah,” “Dr. Phil” and “Today” to CNN, Fox and CNBC. At the age of 14, Jennifer took on her first “real” job as a maid in a motel while her mother worked two full-time jobs as a waitress to support the family. In 2000, Jennifer was named one of the Internet’s 25 Rising Stars as a result of her work as CEO and founder of Women’s Financial Network, a company created as a result of her experience in the industry and as the “Money Expert” for KCBS-TV. The company was acquired by Wall Street legend Muriel Siebert (NYSE: SIEB). Jen’s financial industry experience includes senior roles at Bank of America, leading pension advisor Wilshire Associates, and BankOne (now JP Morgan Chase). She also headed the 60-year-old Financial Women’s Association and, most recently, was Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at global consulting firm Mercer, where she led the When Women Thrive research platform. She started her career in the California State Treasurer’s Office. Drawing from her experience in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Main Street in tech, education, and the financial industry, Jennifer has been a fixture in the media. Her roles have included “Money Expert” for KCBS-TV, host of ABC Radio’s Winning Advice, and columnist for Dow Jones’ MarketWatch. She’s the author of three books: The Socially Savvy Advisor (2015); The Millionaire Zone (Hyperion), based on research about the social networking strategies of the wealthy; and What’s Your Net Worth? (Perseus), turned into a Public Television Show. Jennifer has been an advisor to Fortune 500 firms, including Microsoft, where she also served as national spokesperson. She writes regularly for Dow Jones, USA Today and as a LinkedIn Influencer. Jennifer holds an MBA in finance and BA from UCLA. She is a member of the New York Economic Club and was appointed by the California Governor to the Commission on California Government Efficiency. Links: Website: https://www.girlswithimpact.org/ LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenopenshaw/ LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/girlswithimpact/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/girlswithimpact/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jopenshaw Twitter: https://twitter.com/GirlsWithImpact
Episode 279: The Value of Mentors, Transparency, and Diversity of Thought with Dominica Ribeiro, Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer at Breckinridge
20-09-2023
Episode 279: The Value of Mentors, Transparency, and Diversity of Thought with Dominica Ribeiro, Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer at Breckinridge
Be Fearless, Be Bold, Be You. This is a mantra that Dominica Ribeiro shares with us in today’s podcast, and it is one that she herself has lived. Dominica started her career in finance when she walked into a firm after graduating high school and asked for a job. 27 years later, she is Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer at Breckinridge, a leading asset manager firm. Dominica is as wise as she is brilliant. She gained her fierce independence and work ethic from her mother who taught her to work hard and not to depend on anyone else for what you want. Dominica shares how she nurtures the ideas of those around her at every level, and how her experience seeking mentors who don’t look like her, has paid dividends for her career. She is a leader who is adept at building her own brand and is always focused on the positive. She shares how her dual roles of Executive and parent have taught her lessons about communication, negotiation, and strategy. We learned so much from this conversation and we hope you will too. Visit https://www.gobeyondbarriers.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 Dominica. Highlights: [04:09] Leveraging data [06:36] When the data proves you wrong [09:16] Expressing your opinion no matter what your role [12:25] Dominica’s vision of being a leader [14:16] Building a brand [19:36] When your mentors don’t look like you [23:10] Finding confidence [27:21] What led Dominica down her career path [29:39] Habits of success [32:06] Dominica’s background and story [36:20] Lightning round questions Quotes: “Be fearless, be bold, but be you.” - Dominica Ribeiro “If you layer your opinion or thought process on top of the data, that is the power behind the decision or the conversation.” – Dominica Ribeiro “I’ve never had somebody who looks and acts like me and has my experience be a mentor to me, and I think that’s the beauty of diversity of thought.” - Dominica Ribeiro Lightning Round Questions: What book has greatly influenced you? - “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying? - “Leadership is not about being in charge, it’s about taking care of those in your charge.” – Simon Sinek What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself? - Mom, and empathetic. What is one change you've implemented that made your life better? - Weekly therapy. What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage? - “Roar” by Katy Perry About Dominica Ribeiro: Dominica is Breckinridge’s chief marketing and distribution officer. In her role, she leads the firm’s strategic distribution, including sales and relationship management, as well as the marketing plans and initiatives. She is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. Dominica has been with the firm since 2020 and has over 27 years of industry experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Dominica was head of institutional marketing at State Street Global Advisors where she was responsible for the development and execution of their overall marketing strategy. Campaigns focused on the promotion of State Street Global Advisors thought leadership, investment strategies, and gender diversity initiatives – notably, the Fearless Girl installation on Wall Street in New York City which helped raise awareness around the globe of the power of women in leadership, as well as the connection between increasing gender diversity on boards and long-term company performance. She began her career at Putnam Investments where she spent five years before joining the marketing and communications team at Fidelity Investments where she rose from communication analyst to director of institutional marketing, and then to vice president of institutional marketing. Dominica currently serves on the Board of Directors for Crispus Attucks Children's Center, a Boston-based childcare and development center, and as a Corporate Trustee for the Trustees of Reservations, the nation's oldest preservation and conservation organization. She also serves as a teen mentor for the Attleboro  Community Academy, a state accredited high school diploma program, which provides an alternative path to graduation for struggling students and high school dropouts. She is a member of 100 Women in Finance, Boston Women in Finance, Women in Pensions Network, and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA). She previously served on the leadership committee for the 50/50 Women on Boards Boston chapter. Dominica holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Business Management from Lesley University. Links: Website: https://www.breckinridge.com/ LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominica-ribeiro/