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Nikki Barua

Nikki Barua is a change agent with a big mission: To be a catalyst that unlocks the potential in a billion people through ideas, inspiration and tools for transformation. She is leading a movement to empower people and organizations to thrive amidst disruption. Barua founded BeyondCurious in 2011 to help large companies innovate like startups. Since then, the award-winning digital accelerator has created massive impact by guiding leading brands in achieving their digital transformation goals. Barua was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by ACE in 2014, Top Woman Entrepreneur in North America by Ernst & Young in 2015, LA Woman of Influence by The Business Journals in 2016, and Women of Entrepreneurship by LA Lakers and Comerica Bank in 2017. Her inspiring story of overcoming personal adversity and dreaming big has been featured in publications such as Fortune, Forbes, Fox, and CNBC. Recognized for her success as an immigrant, gay, minority, woman entrepreneur, Barua is a fierce advocate for diversity as the fuel for innovation.
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TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of suicide

In 1980, I was a little girl growing up in India, a nation struggling with poverty. No Barbie dolls or fancy toys or TV shows. And, definitely no Disneyland. I didn’t grow up with access to media or exposure to successful role models. But, my father did something very special that left an imprint on my mind.

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Topics: Purpose, Authentic Leadership

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