Indra Nooyi is Chairperson and CEO of Pepsico, the second largest food and beverage business in the world.
Indra joined Pepsico in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001. In 2006 she became the fifth CEO in PepsiCo’s 44-year history, their first female CEO, as well as its first CEO not born in the US. She runs a company that employs over 300,000 people and generates 700 million dollars in revenue!
At a “Women in Leadership Panel” at 92Y in New York in September 2015 Indra shared with the audience that her confidence was built by her mother in India who adopted an unusual daily practice that we could all learn from.
“Every night at the dinner table, my mother would ask us to write a speech about what we would do if we were president, chief minister, or prime minister — every day would be a different world leader she’d ask us to play. At the end of dinner, we had to give the speech, and she had to decide who she was going to vote for.” The winner of the debate then signed a piece of paper that stated they had become whatever the world leader of the day was!
Indra demonstrates that it IS possible for Asian women to climb the career ladder and become CEOs. We love this video where she also shares candidly some of the unique challenges that come with being an Indian CEO – we think most of us can relate to some of the points she makes!