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The Hello MaximizHer Podcast

The Hello MaximizHer Podcast

By Kara Barker
Thought-provoking topics and discussions intended to uplift, encourage and motivate women from all walks of life. Join Life Coach Kara Barker along with other special guests for a time of inspiration and empowHERment.
Amplified Allyship—Brave and Beyond with Sarah Alter, President and CEO of NextUp
We’ve all heard the myth that women don’t support each other—but it’s not true. Women can be powerful allies at work for other women. Climbing the proverbial ladder and breaking through the glass ceiling in the workplace has never been easy for women, especially minorities and women of color however the landscape has begun to shift with women occupying senior level roles and taking up space in the C-suite. As we wrap up Season 2 of the Brave and Bold Women’s series of The Hello MaximizHer podcast, we invite Sarah Alter president and CEO of NextUp, a nonprofit learning, leadership, and advocacy organization. Alters discusses how she embraces the role of an ally by taking continuous, intentional and relentless actions to amplify, promote and support diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all people. She encourages leaders to look across one’s executive boards, leadership teams and corporate environments to see if your organization has layers of inclusion and multi-dimensions of diversity and if there is an imbalance then you have work to do. We have the power to rewrite the script for ourselves and we rise by lifting each others.
May 12, 2022
Brave But Afraid with Life Coach Kara Barker
Did you know the real magic happens when you get outside of your comfort zone? Now I’m not talking about any razzle dazzle. I’m talking about the real power that comes from within when you finally decide not to lean on your own understanding but fully TRUST GOD. On this week’s episode of The Hello MaximizHer Podcast Kara takes an intentional detour to define her own BRAVE. Truth be told— there are so many people who live in fear. Fear of failure. Fear of judgment. Fear of death. Fear of life. Fear of living out their nightmares. Fear of saying No. Fear of saying Yes. And most damaging fear of taking a leap of faith and living on purpose. During this week’s episode Life Coach Kara Barker shares how she defines being BRAVE and 5 ways one can exude bravery. She reminds listeners that being BRAVE isn’t something that happens when you’re not scared anymore or when you no longer hear the whispers of fear or doubt but when you finally learn how to turn down the frequency of uncertainty, doubts, fears, lies and untruths and turn up the voice of The Holy Spirit and begin hearing the real truth. Now is the time to move in faith and BE BRAVE & DO IT AFRAID!
April 28, 2022
Being Redeemed: A Heart for Teaching with Aromi Knox
How often do you mess up? Life is far from perfect and I mess up and fail GOD daily. However, here’s how His love is full of grace, love and redemption: there is no one too sinful to be loved by GOD. There is no one is too broken to be REDEEMED! Hallelujah! The issue isn’t the amount of sin in a person; it’s the amount of grace God can give a person. The question isn’t about how broken a person is; it’s about how mighty God is. On today’s episode of The Hello Maximizer Podcast with we have an unscripted conversation with Bible Teacher and Founder of Righteously Redeemed Aromi Knox. In this season of singleness, Aromi shares spiritual lessons she has learned along the way about who she was in Christ and how to give oneself grace when life presents its share of setbacks and oppositions. Aromi inspires listeners to be encouraged in truth because it doesn’t matter where you come from, or what you have done in your past or present, or who you used to be; GOD can redeem, refinish, renew, restore and revitalize your soul! The issue isn’t the amount of sin in a person; it’s the amount of unlimited grace GOD can give a person. The question isn’t about how broken a person is; it’s about how mighty GOD is. Tune into this week’s episode to hear more about GOD’s redemptive love.✝️
April 21, 2022
Being Healthy: Mind, Body, Soul and Wellness with Celebrity Wellness Expert Dr. Basheerah Ahmand
This week's episode features Celebrity Wellness Expert, Entrepreneur, Founder of Be A Warrior fitness apparel and Director of Steve Harvey Global Dr. Basheerah Ahmad. As a wellness guru on any given day, Basheerah Ahmad may be doing squats with Carrie Underwood, lifting weights with Vivica Fox, or tossing a medicine ball with Steve Harvey. Basheerah has been featured as a recurring Fitness Expert on NBC-Universal’s Radius,  Dr. Phil, ‘The Doctors’,  VH1's Hollywood's Hottest Bodies, America Now, The Daily Share and The Today Show and The National Body Challenge on the Discovery Channel. During this episode Dr. Ahmad addresses the “love-hate” relationship many women over 30 experience and how one can incorporate some conditioning techniques to get you back to full wellness. Basheerah shares priceless wisdom about the trifecta - mind, body and soul to coexist and work together as a team. She shares with listeners that whether one is accomplishing a fitness goal, realizing untapped potential, or seeking the connections to take your plan from concept to realization, one must change one’s mindset and set realistic goals while giving oneself grace. There’s more to wellness than just fitting into those skinny jeans stashed in the back of your closet. And it’s not just about high-impact, sweat-inducing exercise, either. It’s about incorporating intentional movements into your routine like strength training, cycling or yoga, to enhance your overall health- mind, body and soul. Your life shouldn’t revolve around hitting a magic number on the scale. What truly matters is accepting oneself for who you are while continuing to evolve and move towards the best version of yourself. For more information about Basheerah, go to
April 14, 2022
Being Courageous: The Confident and Humble Woman with Christie Allen
On this week’s episode we engage in a casual conversation with Technical Sourcer Christie Allen to share some practical advice about being a confident woman when making career moves and experiencing life transitions. We take a deep dive into discussing how women can remain humble while standing firm in one’s convictions when communicating one’s non-negotiables and learn how to be effective in networking and presenting oneself for opportunities and making sure there are meaningful. There will always be reasons why you think you can’t take the next step — you don’t have the time, money, etc. But having a career you’re proud of, that inspires you and keeps you on your toes and that makes every day better is worth it. You’re worth it. Throughout this conversation, it is my hope that listeners will recognize that being a confident woman is like adding little sprinkles of glitter over our self esteem to remind the world that we can do great things if we first believe in ourselves.
April 07, 2022
Being Well: Faith, Mental Health and Wellness with Licensed Professional Counselor Tori Dixon
During this episode we have an intimate and thought provoking conversation with mental health professional Tori S. Dixon, MS, LPC with Graceful Journey Counseling to discuss the impacts of mental health and a few stigmas that are associated with seeking appropriate care. As we continue to move into a post pandemic world, Dixon shares with listeners the importance of destigmatizing mental health by giving space for people to show up as their whole selves, including the parts that are suffering and experiencing pain. Friends, many of us are struggling with mental health issues or know someone who is and now is the opportunity to have an open conversation about mental health and debunk the lies and myths. Dixon compassionately shares there is room in her practice for you to bring your whole self and faith while getting the care that you need. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, or thoughts of suicide, there are resources available to help: If you are in immediate crisis, call 911 If you or anyone you know is having thoughts about suicide, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK (8255),
March 31, 2022
Being Empowered: Brave, Empowered & Taking Strategic Risks with Kalyn Wilson
Being a woman in corporate America comes with its fair share of challenges, often facing gender discrimination and bias in the workplace. But, if you're a Black woman, or woman of color, these gender-based challenges are often compounded by obstacles of racism, biases and inequities making it even harder to navigate your way to the top.  In this week's episode features my favorite empowHered friend and colleague, doctoral candidate Kalyn Wilson, CEO and Founder of Dream Forward Consulting and Coaching. Dream Forward Consulting is a Black woman-owned, boutique consulting firm specializing in People & Culture (HR) and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) consulting. During this episode, we don’t hold anything back and nothing is left on the table from addressing corporate “hazing” by the OBG’s aka Other Black Girls from making intentional and strategic risks, self-advocacy and career perseveration and making blind- faith career moves by remaining flat-footed in your own convictions and truth. With wit and candor, Kalyn exposures some “ugly truths” that limit women of color from gaining a seat at the table and the mental tax in proving one’s value and worth. Expect in this conversation straight and unfiltered talk on how to navigate networking, office politics, and money, while staying true to one’s authentic self!
March 24, 2022
Being Fearless: Young, Gifted and Brave featuring Brittany Beasley of Beautiful Blessings, LLC
This week we take our show on the road to Muskogee, Oklahoma where we have a fun and engaging conversation with young entrepreneur and business mogul Brittany Renee Beasley of Beautiful Blessings. During this week’s episode Brittany drops gem after gem about being brave as a young entrepreneur by using the art of being courageous when taking the path less traveled and keeping one’s faith centered on God. Brittany shares with listeners the importance of discovering one’s purpose, pursuing it with full passion and living unapologetically for the glory of God. This is a Gen Y Takeover!
March 17, 2022
Being True to You: Discovering Your Why with Lacey MacLeod
In this episode of The Hello MaximizHer Podcast, we invite Lacey MacLeod CEO of Talent Uplifted to share her winning coaching techniques and leadership performance strategies she uses with clients and teams to promote confidence, drive results and increase clarity around one’s purpose. Throughout this episode, you will immediately feel connected to Lacey’s energy and passion to help individuals and teams identify who they want to become and what they want to be known for. Lacey leverages a practical coaching style which incorporates the use of asking intentional questions to assist clients and teams in discovering their why, establishing a vision statement and identifying areas of opportunities. Grab a pen and notebook because you will leave this conversation with some game changing tips and invaluable insights that you can incorporate today!
March 10, 2022
Being Unshakable: Advocacy and Authenticity w/Sue Ann Hong CEO of Center of Asian Pacific Women
In this week's episode we invite Sue Ann Hong, President and CEO of Center of Asian Pacific American Women and former senior leader at a Fortune 50 organization to share leadership insights and perspectives on allyship, advocacy and sponsorship. Sue Ann shares with listeners the power of leveraging one’s voice, being courageous and having confidence in knowing that one’s voice is invaluable. Sue Ann also boldly and unapologetically shares the necessity of sponsorship and stewardship required for higher levels of advancement for women of color to progress through executive and leadership pipelines and how organizations can become more intentional with retention strategies to assist with retaining top high-potential women. During the conversation Sue Ann shares a personal AAPI hate encounter that was unsettling and how she remained unshakable in the moment by taking a bold stand and she encouraged listeners how they can also be bold and stand in the gap for our Asian American Pacific Islander brothers and sisters when one sees or hears bias, discrimination and systematic racism actions, behaviors and practices. This is such a rich dialogue that will elevate one’s thinking around advocacy and allyship.
March 03, 2022
Being Bold: Leadership Presence & Taking Risks w/ Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah
In this of The Hello MaximizHer episode, we discuss leadership presence and being brave in the workplace with our special guest Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah CEO of TMJ Consulting. Dr Tara is an accomplished executive director, award winning author and international speaker that exudes leadership confidence and presence. During this episode we dive into a powerful discussion on what it takes to be bold in the workplace, how to negotiate your worth and the necessity of taking risks by doing somethings fearlessly. It is only when we do something unexpected that we create a movement or legacy. Dr Tara shares with listeners that boldness starts with giving yourself permission to go into situations where you don’t know how to respond but you do it anyway.
February 24, 2022
Being Brave: Starting Something New w/ Salange Shepard
This week's episode features special guest Salange Shepard, an entrepreneur and influencer as well as the founder and CEO of BraveHer and Digne Collection. Her brand symbolizes an everyday woman who recognizes her intrinsic worth and isn't afraid to let the world know. Salange encourages listeners to dig deep, be a little curious and put one’s full confident and faith in God. With this mindset, we can try new things, challenge ourselves, and move on from our failures.
February 17, 2022
One Word
Think back over this past year and take some time to thank God for His grace and mercy. This has been a year of miracles and blessings and as we wrap up 2021 and enter into the new year, Kara encourages us to shift our focus on one word. Can a single word change your life for the better? The answer is yes. For the past several years, Kara shares how picking a word to inspire and guide you over the next 12 months, can change one’s life. The goal is to find ONE word that will help inspire you to move with intentionality and purpose. Trust me on this, ONE word from GOD can change things. Kara encourages listeners to ask oneself these three questions: What's in my way? What do I need--not want, but need? What has to go? Trust me on this, one word from God can change your whole life. What will your word be for 2022? Enjoy the last episode of this season and Happy New Beginnings! Thanks again for your support this year!!
December 30, 2021
We are now entering into the final stretch of 2021. In this season God is prompting us to step out of our common place of normalcy and move into our next place of destiny. Faith implies unanswered questions. When God says, “Go”, I’ve learned that faith doesn’t always mean all of my questions will be answered. In fact, God is intentional in giving all His children the opportunity to exercise faith. The Lord is saying, "When I move, you move. Just like that...." And wherever the Holy Spirit leads, you follow. When God says, “Go” there will always be reasons to not take that step of faith. There may be financial giants, emotional giants, or even awkward giants, that will need to be handled, but I praise God that He is a giant slayer! So get ready, get set GO!!
December 23, 2021
Speak Up, Black Girl!
It is a sad reality in the American workplace that women of color are still underutilized, overlooked and unappreciated. In this inspirational podcast episode Kara discusses the necessity of creating meaningful relationships, the power of mentorship and the necessity of sponsorship for women of color. It is time for women to speak up and be heard while positioning themselves for greatness not only in the corporate arena but in society as a whole. Ladies it’s time for women to speak up and be heard while positioning themselves for greatness not only in the corporate arena but in society as a whole. It’s time to set if off, Black Girls and Speak Up!
December 16, 2021
Lord, Stretch Me!
Ladies, so many times we find ourselves being pulled or even pushed in so many directions. In the workout gym of life we find ourselves being stretched beyond our comfort zone. This is sometimes purposeful and profitable for our growth and spiritual maturity. In this new episode Kara uncovers how our stretch marks can sometimes be proof that God has allowed us to endure certain setbacks in order to grow and go into our next season of blessing. 
December 09, 2021
Wake Up Sleepwalkers
Can you believe we are in the very last month of 2021? There is no time like the present to finish this year strong! We all have dreams. We all have amazing things that we want to accomplish in our lives. Each of us has dreamed as a child to grow up and live a life full of excitement and adventure. Although it may look different to each of us, the fact remains that we all have aspirations to live a meaningful life. In this podcast episode Kara provides 7 tips to wake from your slumber and live a life of passion and purpose. 
December 02, 2021
Check Yo Self
So many times we fall victim to our own demise by refusing to do a "check-up" from the "neck-up." In this podcast episode Kara discusses seven strategies to overcome stinking thinking and how to surround yourself with people who help cultivate an environment of positivity and success. 
November 11, 2021
It's Demo Day
There comes a point in everyone's life when you have to tear down our old mindset in order to rebuild new one. In this episode we dive into some tools and concepts that will help you renovate and reestablish a more solid foundation for your every day life in order to maximize your full potential. 
November 04, 2021
Woman Come Forth!
Ladies, in this power-packed episode we dive deeper into our faith walk with uncovering gems that increases our faith and challenges our fears by trusting in God's word and syncing our timing with His timing. "Woman come forth!" It is our invitation to rise from the dead spaces in our lives and resurrect the dormant gifts and talents God has given us to walk in purpose and power. 
October 28, 2021
Faith It Until You Make It- Part II of Faith Series
In this episode we discuss faith and five ways to utilize your faith in everyday life. God is so much bigger than any fear. Big or small, God is always greater. It's time to activate your faith muscle and seize the moment. 
October 19, 2021
Water Walkers
In this debut episode of MaximizHER with Kara Barker, we discuss the first of a two part series entitled FAITH. In our first session Kara discusses 7 Principles to help you become a water-walker, crazy faith-filled women on fire in your career, in your marriage or key relationships and in any setting. 
October 07, 2021