Women empowerment has been a topic of much discussion. While many are yet to get comfortable with the idea of seeing women rise and reach their true potential, a vast majority are women fighting culture and society to rise above the norms.
They are rising above the regular bar set by society and are changing the way business world functions today. Women are working both at home and excelling at the workplace. They are one of the greatest examples for maintaining work-life balance.
Let's meet top 5 such Indian businesswomen who have changed the world and took Indian into the global maps.
Indra Nooyi is a businesswoman who has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of Pepsico. Nooyi served as Pepsico’s CEO and chairman. Today, she serves on the boards of Amazon and the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In 2008, Nooyi was elected as the chairwoman of the US-India Business Council. In 2009, she was named as the ‘TopGun CEOs’ by Brendan Wood International. In 2013, she was awarded by the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
She has been consistently bagging a place in the list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. In 2014, Nooyi ranked #13 on Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
In 2015, she ranked #2 on Fortune’s list of the Most Powerful Women. Again in 2017, Nooyi ranked #2 on Forbes list of the 19 Most Powerful Women in Business. In 2018, she was named as one of the ‘Best CEOs in the World’ by CEOWORLD Magazine.
|Born||Indra Nooyi (Previously Indra Krishnamurthy)|
|Birthdate||October 28, 1955|
|Birthplace||Madras, India (now Chennai)|
|Education||Madras Christian College (BS), Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (MBA), Yale University (MS)|
|Occupation||CEO of PepsiCo|
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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur. She is the chairperson and the managing director of Biocon Limited based in Bangalore. She is also the former chairperson of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
In 1989, Mazumdar received the Padma Shri from the Government of India for her contribution toward the biotechnology sector.
In 2002, she was recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. In the same year, she also received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2005, she received the Indian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and Corporate Leadership Award by the American India Foundation. In the same year, she also received the Padma Bhushan from the government of India.
In 2009, she received the Nikkei Asia Prize for regional growth. In 2014, Kiran was awarded the Othmer Gold Medal for contribution to science and chemistry. She was also on the list of top 50 Women in Business by Financial Times. In 2019, Forbes listed her as the #65 on the list of Most Powerful women in the world.
|Birthdate||23 March 1953|
|Birthplace||Pune, Maharashtra, India|
|Alma mater||Bangalore University|
|Occupation||Founder & chairperson of Biocon|
Vandana Luthra is a celebrated Indian entrepreneur. She is the founder of VLCC Health Care Ltd. She is the chairperson of the Beauty and Wellness Sector Skill and Council (B&WSSC).
She was first appointed as the chairperson of this sector in 2014. This is an undertaking of the government of India that provides skills training for the beauty Industry. Luthra was ranked #26 in Forbes Asia list 2016 of 50 Power Businesswoman.
VLCC is one of the best beauty and wellness service industries in the country. It has its operations up and running in 326 locations across 153 cities in 13 countries in South Asia, South East Asia, the GCC region and East Africa.
The industry has 4000 employees, including medical professionals, nutrition counsellors, physiotherapists, cosmetologists and beauty professionals.
|Birthdate||12 July 1959|
|Alma Matter||Polytechnic for Women in New Delhi|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, Founder of VLCC|
Radhika Aggarwal is an Indian entrepreneur and the co-founder of the internet marketplace ShopClues. She is the recipient of the Outlook Business Woman of Worth at Outlook Business Awards in 2016. In the same year, she also received the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at Entrepreneur India Awards.
Aggarwal completed her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and holds a post-graduation degree in advertising and public relations.
|Alma Matter||MBA from Washington University in St. Louis|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, Co-founder of ShopClues|
Vani Kola is one of the most recognised investors in the world. She is an Indian venture capitalist also the founder and managing director of Kalaari Capital. She was also listed as one of the most powerful women in Indian Business Fortune India in 2018 and 2019.
Vani was awarded the Midas touch award for the best investor in 2015. She was also recognised as one of the Most Powerful Women in Indian by Forbes in 2014. In 2016, she was recognised as Linkedin’s Top Voices in 2016.
|Alma Matter||Bachelor of Engineering from Osmania University, Master of Engineering from Arizona State University|
|Occupation||Venture Capitalist, CEO and Founder of Kalaari Capital|
These entrepreneurs are living proof that women can do anything they want to. The women have achieved great feats not only in India but also internationally. Their fame and recognition have been recorded in the history of business for the world to see today. Generations of women to come will be impacted by their work and success.
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