Leading for the Future
What does true leadership look like in today’s ever-evolving and ever-shrinking world, and how do we prepare leaders for the future? In this dynamic and compelling conversation, Former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi illuminates what transformative leadership looks like, and how the facets of leadership are evolving. From highlighting how to lead in a global world—and becoming not just globally savvy, but locally astute—to unpacking how to foster innovation in the face of uncertainty, Nooyi reveals what leading for the future looks like.
Transformation and Innovation in a Traditional Enterprise
As Former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi is globally renowned for leading the company through a decade of tremendous growth and change, and praised for her prescient and strategic thinking. In this eye-opening conversation, Nooyi reflects on her remarkable career and shares how it’s possible to transform and innovate within a large or traditional organization. Providing actionable takeaways on how to foster large-scale cultural change, create buy-in among employees, and handle the naysayers, Nooyi reveals how to positively challenge the status-quo and create room for new ideas even when it seems to threaten a business’ foundations. Taking both a micro and macro view, Nooyi's conversation touches on everything from how long implementing change takes and the challenges that will arise, to the skills required and transformative potential that will be discovered along the way.
Performance with Purpose
While at the helm of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi was celebrated for her hallmark motto of “do well by doing good” and as chief architect of Performance with Purpose, the company’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world. In this illuminating conversation, Nooyi reveals the origins and success of Performance with Purpose and how she built it, drove it, tracked it, and handled the critics, ultimately revealing how business and society can be linked for benefit of both.
Building a Diverse, Inclusive Workplace
When Indra Nooyi became CEO of PepsiCo in 2006, she was one of only ten women CEOs at the helm of a Fortune 500 Company. In this timely and empowering conversation, she explores how to create an environment of diversity and inclusion in a corporation, and why it is so important to do so. Candid, substantive and inspiring, Nooyi reveals what it takes to foster a workplace culture where every voice is heard and person is welcome, and illuminates how corporations, government, society, communities, and families can work together to address these challenges and opportunities.
Speaker Spotlight: Indra Nooyi
INDRA NOOYI is a business powerhouse, globally renowned for leading PepsiCo through a decade of tremendous growth and change, increasing the company's revenues from $35 billion when she became CEO, to $63.5 billion in 2017. Celebrated for her hallmark motto of "do well by doing good," Nooyi was chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world through sustainable growth initiatives. Consistently ranked in Forbes' "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women," Fortune's "Most Powerful Women," and TIME's "100 Most Influential People in The World," Nooyi has been sought-out for her unparalleled business insights and empowering messages on leadership, inclusivity and change everywhere from The World Economic Forum to The Aspen Institute. Her rave reviews following events include: "Indra was fabulous - the rave reviews and incredibly positive feedback continue to roll in from our guests. Everyone loved her!" (Siguler Guff & Co).
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Indra Nooyi in the news
INDRA NOOYI is renowned throughout the world for boosting PepsiCo revenues by 80% during her tenure. As one of the most successful executives in recent history, Nooyi is sought after for her exceptional insights and perspectives. Catch her latest media appearances here:
Indra Nooyi wows at the Women in the World Summit
Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo INDRA NOOYI was sought-out for Fortune's Women in the World Summit, addressing the obstacles women face in the workforce and ways in which to bring more diversity to the C-Suite. Her powerful remarks inspired legions of tweets of praise, including: "Great words of wisdom from @IndraNooyi"; So much respect for @IndraNooyi for not just talking about the issues but thinking about the solutions"; "Just adored Indra. Spoke so much truth." A business powerhouse, Nooyi was only one of ten women CEO's at the helm of a Fortune 500 Company when she became PepsiCo's CEO in 2006. Globally renowned for leading PepsiCo through a decade of tremendous growth and change, she is celebrated for her hallmark motto of "do well by doing good" and as the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world. As Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said of Nooyi: "The most appropriate way to describe Indra Nooyi... is 'world class leader.' Her sharp strategic mind, tremendous market insight and humanitarian contributions all combine to make her a rare executive among the global corporate giants." Consistently ranked in Forbes' "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women," Fortune's "Most Powerful Women," and TIME's "100 Most Influential People in The World," Nooyi has been sought-out for her unparalleled business insights and empowering messages on leadership, inclusivity and change everywhere from The World Economic Forum to The Aspen Institute.
Indra Nooyi is the former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo (2006-2019); a Fortune 50 company with operations in over 180 countries.
In this role, Mrs. Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo was focused on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting its environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering its associates and people in the communities it serves. During her tenure, PepsiCo grew net revenue more than 80%, and PepsiCo’s total shareholder return was 162%.
She directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its transformation, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc., the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of the Russian company Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo’s Board of Directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo’s corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between February 2000 and April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi also served as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000, and as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996.
Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company’s U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB’s $30 billion in global sales.
Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive responsible for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.
Mrs. Nooyi served as a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors between 2001 and February 2019. Currently, Mrs. Nooyi is a member of the board of Amazon and sits on the Audit Committee. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of Temasek, an independent director of the International Cricket Council and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Additionally, Mrs. Nooyi is the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point where she helps enhance the ability of both the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and the U.S. Military Academy to fulfill the mission of developing leaders of character. She also serves as an advisor to several early stage companies.
Mrs. Nooyi has received many prizes, accolades and honorary degrees over the years. In 2007, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan, the country’s 3rd highest civilian honor. In 2007, she was named an “Outstanding American by choice” by the US State Department. In 2019, her portrait was inducted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.