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Indra Nooyi: An inspiration to boost your ambition

Today, we take a look at one of Forbes most powerful women, Indra Nooyi, CEO and President of PepsiCo. Being a woman born into a conservative Indian family, her climb to the top hasn’t been an easy one. She began her life in Chennai and finished her bachelor’s degree in the field of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. She then went on to student management, first in the Indian Institute of Management, Chennai and then at the prestigious Yale Management School, USA.


Nooyi’s first memorable campaign was working closely with the launch of Stayfree sanitary napkins, while she worked with Johnson & Johnson. While she studied at Yale, she worked part-time as a receptionist. It is said that she was saving up to by a western outfit for her first job interview as a Yale graduate. She was rejected at the interview. For the next one, she was advised to ‘be herself’ which lead her to score the job in a saree! Ever since, she has stayed true to her roots and reached heights we are all here to witness today. 

Before PepsiCo, she also worked with Boston Consulting Group and Motorola. Once she began working with PepsiCo, she promptly took the company up the ladder of success. Apart from her personal growth from Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning to Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development, and then Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to finally landing CFO and a seat on PepsiCos Board of Directors group, she managed to increase PepsiCo’s annual profits by more than double. 

Today, she is credited the title of being one of the world’s most powerful women by several top business publications such as Fortune and Forbes and is the 12th highest paid women in the United States. She has also been awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan. 

Many would not be able to handle this kind of fame, money and success as gracefully as Nooyi has. She remains grounded, giving top priority to her family of four and her Indian roots. At 62, she has achieved a level of success that is an inspiration to us all. 

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