Leadership in Times of Crisis
Former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi was selected by Connecticut governor Ned Lamont as co-chair of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Board, a delegation formed amid the coronavirus to help the state devise an appropriate and thoughtful plan for reopening that considers both public health outcomes and economic and social costs. In these engaging, actionable, and informative remarks, Nooyi shares lessons learned from being on the front lines of managing the pandemic and its impact, and examining issues such as how best to allow commerce to begin without jeopardizing public health and well-being. She also draws on her experience leading PepsiCo through a decade of tremendous growth, disruption, and change. She offers audiences first-hand, authentic, and empowering guidance on how to successfully lead in uncertain, critical, and rapidly-evolving times.
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.
Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo, teaches a transformative MasterClass on leading with purpose
Consummate business leader INDRA NOOYI has just released a transformative course with MasterClass, “Leading with Purpose,” in which she illuminates her strategies for thinking big, being brave, and making purpose-driven changes at work – and in life. While she didn’t set out to become the first woman of color to lead a Fortunate 50 company, Nooyi became the visionary CEO of PepsiCo and an internationally renowned expert in visionary leadership through her tenacious focus on big ideas. The New York Times bestselling author of My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future shares her transformative approach to leadership in this course as well as in her highly in-demand speaking engagements, from PCMA’s ‘Convening Leaders’ Summit, TriNet’s award-winning PeopleForce conference, and many more. Recently inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Nooyi is a transcendent speaker, deftly communicating thoughtful and actionable strategies to business leaders seeking innovation.
Powerhouse corporate innovator Indra Nooyi centers sustainability from the C-Level
Globally renowned corporate innovator and former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo INDRA NOOYI is a sought-after expert on using values-driven leadership to foster innovation and address global issues like Climate Change.
Growing up in a town that was significantly water-distressed, Nooyi understood deeply the challenges facing the over 40% of the world’s population that do not have enough water. She used this awareness to lead Pepsi to be “Net Water Positive,” reducing absolute water use and replenishing back into the local watershed more than 100% of the water used in high water-risk areas. In a piece for Fortune highlighting her optimism, the New York Times bestselling author wrote: “It is not just about putting climate responsibility at the heart of business models; it’s also about companies being braver, fostering new innovations, and championing new ideas.”
The efforts led to PepsiCo receiving the 2021 Stockholm Industry Water Award for successfully reducing water consumption in its productions, and extending its commitment beyond the company’s own operations to help solve water challenges on a broad scale. In riveting keynotes and conversations, Nooyi offers unparalleled insights on disrupting siloed thinking to find breakthrough solutions, nurturing meaningful relationships and amplifying local solutions, and investing in sustainable solutions that embolden companies, organizations, and individuals alike.
Success Story: Indra Nooyi captivated audiences at PCMA Convening Leaders, beaming in as a hologram
Business powerhouse, former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo, and New York Times bestselling author of My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future, INDRA NOOYI was a tremendous success as keynote speaker at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convening Leaders conference. Nooyi ignited the audience with her experience as a pioneering female business leader and insights on how focusing on family will unleash the economy’s full potential in her keynote, “Leading Through Tremendous Growth, Disruption, and Change.” The PCMA event was attended by 2,300 people in person and livestreamed to an audience of another 1,500 guests, and the globally renowned corporate innovator was in attendance as a hologram – beamed live from a state-of-the-art studio for a completely unique and memorable audience experience. With multiple appearances 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 is highly sought-after for her unparalleled business insights and empowering messages on leadership, inclusivity and change, and this future-forward event experience made it feel like she was right there in the room.
Celebrated for her hallmark motto, “do well by doing good,” Nooyi was the first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company. She was also the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business through sustainable growth initiatives. Her unparalleled achievements at the helm of PepsiCo, including growing PepsiCo’s revenues from $35B to $63.5B during her tenure, as well as her thought leadership on leading through disruption and innovation were riveting for the audience, who raved: “’Fantastic finish to #pcmacl ’22 with words from CEO Sherrif Karamat and an inspirational interview with Indra Nooyi, who joined the room via Holopresence!’ … ‘I just watched Indra Nooyi deliver a captivating performance […] At times, I found my eyes full of tears as she spoke about anchoring your change strategy based on megatrends, balance of time, motherhood, and leading others. Running to download her new book.’ … ‘Really interesting & just as impactful with the conversation of being there in person. […] Some encouraging reminders were thread throughout her talk about human connections & the focus of family & flexibility when it comes to the growth & future of work.’” (Crowd Comments from PCMA on social media)
“My Life In Full” is a powerful memoir by the trailblazing former CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi
For a dozen years as one of the world’s most admired CEOs, INDRA NOOYI redefined what it means to be an exceptional leader. The first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company — and one of the foremost strategic thinkers of our time — she transformed PepsiCo with a unique vision, a vigorous pursuit of excellence, and a deep sense of purpose. Now, in a rich memoir brimming with grace, grit, and good humor, the New York Times bestseller My Life in Full offers a firsthand view of Nooyi’s legendary career and the sacrifices it so often demanded.
Nooyi takes us through the events that shaped her, from her childhood and early education in 1960s India, to the Yale School of Management, to her rise as a corporate consultant and strategist who soon ascended into the most senior executive ranks. The book offers an inside look at PepsiCo, and Nooyi’s thinking as she steered the iconic American company toward healthier products and reinvented its environmental profile, despite resistance at every turn.
For the first time and in raw detail, Nooyi also lays bare the difficulties that came with managing her demanding job with a growing family, and what she learned along the way. She makes a clear, actionable, urgent call for business and government to prioritize the care ecosystem, paid leave and work flexibility, and a convincing argument for how improving company and community support for young family builders will unleash the economy’s full potential.
Generous, authoritative, and grounded in lived experience, My Life in Full is the story of an extraordinary leader’s life, a moving tribute to the relationships that created it, and a blueprint for 21st century prosperity. My Life in Full received a lot of buzz, featured in The New York Times Magazine, The TODAY Show, TIME, CBS Sunday Morning, Associated Press, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, VOGUE, Marketplace, FastCompany, Fortune's Leadership Next Podcast, Insider, LinkedIn News, The Takeaway with Moira Forbes, the Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman podcast, Amazon's Editors' Picks, and more.
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 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 Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo (2006-2019); a Fortune 50 company with operations in more than 180 countries.
In this role, Ms. 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 it. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo was focused on delivering sustained growth by expanding its portfolio to include more nutritious products, limiting its environmental footprint, 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% beating the S&P over the same period.
Prior to becoming CEO, Ms. Nooyi served as PepsiCo’s president and chief financial officer and was a member of the company’s board of directors. She was responsible for corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between 1994 and 2000, Ms. Nooyi directed corporate strategy and development for the company.
Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Ms. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based 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, Ms. 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 electronics 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. Ms. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.
Ms. Nooyi served as a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors from 2001 to February 2019. Ms. Nooyi is now a member of the board of Amazon, where she chairs the audit committee. She sits on the supervisory board of Philips and is a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee. She also serves on the International Advisory Council of Temasek; is an independent director of the International Cricket Council; and a trustee at the National Gallery of Art. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council at MIT’s School of Engineering and serves on the boards of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Partnership for Public Service. She is also an advisor to several early-stage companies.
Between 2019-2022, Ms Nooyi served as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point where she worked with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership to fulfill the mission of character at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was also co-chair of The Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, developing recommendations and guidelines for reactivating the state's economy post-pandemic.
Nooyi is the author of the book My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future, a memoir that offers insight and a call-to-action on how our society can blend work and family — and advance women — in the 21st century. My Life in Full is a New York Times bestseller and available in multiple languages.
Ms. Nooyi is the recipient of 15 honorary degrees. In 2007, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan, the country’s 3rd highest civilian honor. In that same year, she was named an “Outstanding American by choice” by the Department of Homeland Security/US Citizenship and Immigration Services. In 2019, her portrait was inducted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and in 2022 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts of Sciences, the Academy of Science and the American Philosophical Society. She is a revered role model for women and immigrants and celebrated for her empowering messages on inclusivity.
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. Ms Nooyi is married and has two daughters.