“One of the world’s most iconic CEOs who incredibly broke the barriers of gender and race, to emerge as the first woman of colour, an immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company- PepsiCo. In her book ‘My Life In Full’ which she calls not just her memoir but a framework of sharing her life lessons, Indra reflects on her extraordinary life and speaks honestly and openly of her vulnerabilities and strengths and of her abiding passion to the issue of caring, which Indra believes is fundamental to the growth of women,” Vinita Dawra Nangia, Executive Editor, Times of India mentioned as she launched Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo, in an unique interplay.
Hailing from a humble background, Indra Nooyi’s journey of rising as one of the prime ladies company leaders in the world of our instances is a unprecedented story of grit and dedication. She has now shared her story in her personal phrases in a newly launched memoir ‘My Life in Full’, printed by Hachette India.
The first lady of color to succeed in this zenith, Indra candidly spoke of her journey as a single lady of color who went to the United States to appreciate all her goals regardless of the biases. And she set an example not only for the nation, however for the world by main a corporation as massive as PepsiCo.
Hailing from a center class household based mostly in Tamil Nadu, she has at all times laid emphasis on her id as a “South Indian Brahmin girl”, which highlights not her caste, however the extraordinarily teachers-centric strategy that her household introduced her up with. A household the place training was thought-about as an funding in the future, Indra was introduced up by an uneducated however inspiring mom and a particularly concerned grandfather who centered his life round his grandchildren’s tutorial caliber. “I am a product of my childhood and upbringing, I am who I am because of the solid foundation that I had and I’m grateful for the Indian values. I grew up in a household where the belief was that the women should be educated as much as the men; a family which gave its girls some freedom, which was within a frame,” Indra shared about her childhood days with Vinita.
She additional revealed, “I was a tomboy– I climbed trees, played cricket, even played in a women’s rock band, all of that was not put down. Nobody stopped me from doing those things but it was all under the watchful eyes of my parents.”
Crediting her mom for her stable basis and upbringing, Indra added, “I always say my mother brought us up with one foot on the brake and one on the accelerator. The brake was the society and what women were expected to do, which my mother had to live under. The accelerator was that she is a brilliant woman and had she been allowed to go to college she would have been a CEO, without a doubt! But, you know, in those days that facility wasn’t available to women and our family could only afford to send the boys to college, so my mother missed out. So she lived her life through her daughters. My father and grandfather urged her on, to have that foot on the accelerator. I grew up with this duality and in many ways I think I am a product of that duality. It all helped me think about what I can do in my life and where the limits are put.”
Speaking of America and her standing as an immigrant in the nation, Indra spoke about her struggles as a lady, and a colored particular person who needed to be subjected to a number of biases and overcome them to show her mettle. Hailing from a time when ladies have been scarce in the monetary sector, she talked about the prerequisite of having to ascertain credibility. “As a woman you had to come with 25-50% more preparation as compared to men,” she revealed. Being a “tom-boy”, she needed to face challenges vis-à-vis grooming and dressing which can be equally necessary components at the office. Adding to that, her nationality and color, she needed to undergo the scanner of judgements and stereotypes to ascertain herself as worthy. However, she selected to be an immigrant in the United States and believes that albeit all obstacles that stood in her manner, “For a person of colour, an immigrant, to come and be the CEO of an iconic company is something that can happen only in America… I am a great, living example of the wonderful American Dream- the American experience.”
Talking about different issues that have been inspiring, to say the least, Indra additionally shared her mantra for fulfillment for younger ladies and men and talked about her plans put up retirement.
Praising Indra for her memoir, Vinita identified, “When you read about the life of another person, that’s when you realise why it is so important to read memoirs and autobiographies. You realise how very often in life you are nudged by little things that happen and you realise later how everything was meant to lead you to this purpose and where you are today. As you rightly say, `You have to be aware and keep listening to the voices’ that are happening around.” To this Indra added on a concluding observe, “And put your hand up for the unusual assignment and see where it takes you! You only get noticed when you do the difficult work.”