Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi, first female CEO of PepsiCo and their first CEO not born in the United States. 

"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. Even though my mother didn't work and didn't go to college, she lived a life vicariously through her daughters. So she gave us that confidence to be whatever we wanted to be. That was an incredibly formative experience in my youth.”

When, in starting a career, she had to prove herself in largely male-dominated cultures, Indra remembered the game her mother had played from her childhood. "In my heart I said, 'I can do this better than anyone else can, and if everything else fails, they're going to come to me and say, 'Fix it,' because I know I'm that good. Remember, I could be president of India!”

Business Insider, Photograph via Emir Uzun

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Sheila Widnall

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